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Environmental Studies, Minor

Requirements

Environmental Studies explores the complex links between human culture and the natural world. The program challenges students to critically examine both the ecological and social context of environmental issues and the numerous connections between natural and social systems, from local to global scales. It is undeniable that humans have a profound impact on the environment. To have the greatest positive influence, we must seek knowledge of the structure and function of natural systems, as well as an understanding of how culture affects the way we perceive nature.

Total Program Credits: 18

Matriculation Requirements:    
  1. Completion of 30 hours of credit
  2. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU.
Discipline Core Requirements:   3 Credits 
  ENST 3000   Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
Elective Requirements:    15 Credits 
Electives (15 credit hours). Complete 5 of the following courses of 4 different prefixes from at least 2 different Schools: 15
College of Humanities and Social Sciences   
  ANTH 3150   Culture Ecology and Health  (3.0)  
or HLTH 3150   Culture Ecology and Health  (3.0)  
  COMM 3130   The Culture of Nature and Technology  (3.0)  
  ENST 3520   Environmental Sociology  (3.0)  
or SOC 3520   Environmental Sociology  (3.0)  
  ENVT 3630   Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  (4.0)  
or GEOG 3600   Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  (4.0)  
  GEOG 3010   Economic Geography  (3.0)  
  GEOG 3800   Environmental History of the United States  (3.0)  
or HIST 3800   Environmental History of the United States  (3.0)  
  HIST 3260   History of Utah  (3.0)  
  HIST 4330   Machines in the Making of History  (3.0)  
  PHIL 3530   Environmental Ethics  (3.0)  
  POLS 1800   Our Global Community  (3.0)  
  SOC 3450   Environmental Sociology  (3.0)  
  Any other advisor approved courses   
College of Science and Health   
  ANTH 3150   Culture Ecology and Health  (3.0)  
or HLTH 3150   Culture Ecology and Health  (3.0)  
  BIOL 1010   General Biology  (3.0)  
  BIOL 2500   Environmental Biology  (3.0)  
  BIOL 3700   General Ecology  (3.0)  
  BIOL 3800   Conservation Biology  (3.0)  
  BIOL 4500   Principles of Evolution  (3.0)  
  ENVT 3280   Environmental Law  (3.0)  
  ENVT 3630   Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  (4.0)  
or GEOG 3600   Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  (4.0)  
  ENVT 3850   Environmental Policy  (3.0)  
  GEO 1220   Historical Geology  (3.0)  
  GEO 3210   Environmental Geology  (4.0)  
  METO 3100   Climate and the Earth System  (3.0)  
  Any other advisor approved courses   
Woodbury School of Business   
  ECON 3040   Environmental Economics  (3.0)  
  Any other advisor approved courses   

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENST 3000 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
ENST Elective Environmental Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including biology, behavioral science, business/economics, community health, communications, environmental technology management, history, political science, english, geography, geology, humanities, philosophy, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENST Elective Environmental Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
ENST Elective Environmental Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including biology, behavioral science, business/economics, community health, communications, environmental technology management, history, political science, english, geography, geology, humanities, philosophy, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
ENST Elective Environmental Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including biology, behavioral science, business/economics, community health, communications, environmental technology management, history, political science, english, geography, geology, humanities, philosophy, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
ENST Elective Environmental Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including biology, behavioral science, business/economics, community health, communications, environmental technology management, history, political science, english, geography, geology, humanities, philosophy, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
  Degree total: 18

Department

Name:

Interdisciplinary Studies

Location:

CB 410f

Telephone:

801-863-6288

Email:

gosherjo@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/idst

Chair:

John C. Goshert

 
 

Mission Statement

Interdisciplinary Studies provides a framework for supporting innovative, boundary-crossing inquiry among students and faculty across campus as well as in wider intellectual and social communities. IDST coordinates existing multidisciplinary minor and emphasis programs and provides guidance and support as new programs are envisioned and established. IDST programs promote instructional excellence and offer a variety of courses and events that enhance the overall academic experience at Utah Valley University.

 
 

Interdisciplinary Studies

Advisor: Erin Donahoe-Rankin

  • Telephone: 801-863-6717
  • Office: CB 506h
  • Email: donohoer@uvu.edu  
  • Appointments: 801-863-5717

 

Students who have declared a Bachelor degree may choose to add a minor in the following interdisciplinary areas:

  • American Indian Studies
  • American Studies
  • Chinese Commerce
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cinema Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Deaf Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Peace & Justice Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
 
 
  • American Indian Studies
  • Coordinator: David Wilson
  • Email: wilsondr @uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-6916
  • Home Department: History and Political Science
  • American Studies
  • Coordinator: Philip Gordon
  • Email: philip.gordon@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8186
  • Home Department: Communication
  • Chinese Commerce
  • Coordinator: Hong Pang
  • Email: hong.pang@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8370
  • Home Department: History and Political Science
  • Office: CB 203p
  • Chinese Studies
  • Coordinator: Alex Yuan
  • Email: GYuan@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-5199
  • Home Department: Languages and Cultures
  • Office: CB 306f
  • Cinema Studies
  • Coordinator: Jans Wager
  • Email: jans.wager@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8340
  • Home Department: English and Literature
  • Office: LA 114J
  • Classical Studies
  • Coordinator: Michael Shaw
  • Email: shawmi@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-6265
  • Home Department: Philosophy and Humanities
  • Office: CB 507
  • Deaf Studies
  • Coordinator: Dan Hoffman
  • Email: dhoffman@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8518 (Languages Department Office)
  • Home Department: Languages and Cultures
  • Office: CB 306
  • Environmental Studies
  • Coordinator: Dan Stephen
  • Email: daniel.stephen@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8584
  • Home Department: Earth Sciences
  • Office: PS 224
  • Gender Studies
  • Coordinator: Numsiri Kunakemakorn
  • Email: numsirik@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-5469
  • Home Department: Secondary Education
  • Office: ME 112J
  • Peace and Justice Studies
  • Coordinator: Lynn England
  • Email: lynn.england@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8119
  • Home Department: History and Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Coordinator: Brian Birch
  • Email: brian.birch@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-6363
  • Home Department: Center for the Study of Ethics
  • Office: CB 411
  • Russian Studies
  • Coordinator: Frederick White
  • Email: frederick.white@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8361
  • Home Department: Academic Affairs—Engaged Learning
  • Office: BA 211c

 

 
 

 

Faculty

Brian Birch(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Religious Studies

M.S., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion & Theology, Claremont Graduate University.

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Bryan Eldredge(1998)

Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Deaf Studies

B.A., English, M.A., Linguistics, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Linguistic Anthropology, University of Iowa.

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John Goshert(2001)

Professor

Department: English & Literature
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies

B.S., M.A., English, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., English, Purdue University.

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Numsiri Kunakemakorn(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Gender Studies

B.A., English, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Multicultural & International Education, University of San Francisco; M.A., English, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Purdue University.

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Samuel Liang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Studies

B.A., Architecture, Anhul Architectural Industry Institute; M.A., History of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai; Ph.D., Art History, Binghampton University.

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Michael Minch(2001)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Peace and Justice Studies

B.A., History, Grand Canyon College; M.A., Political Philosophy, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Utah; M. Divinity, The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Hong Pang(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Commerce

B.A., International Politics, B.A., Economics, Peking University, P.R. China; M.A., Economics, Ph.D., Politics and International Relations, University of Southern California.

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Michael Shaw(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Classical Studies

B.A., Philosophy, Bates College; M.A., Philosophy, Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Daniel Stephen(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Environmental Studies

B.S., M.S., Geology, Univesity of Arkansas; Ph.D., Geology (Invertebrate Paleontology), Texas A & M University.

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Jans Wager(1997)

Professor

Department: English & Literature
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program

B.A., Distributed Studies (Communication Emphasis), University of Colorado; M.A., German, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California.

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Careers

Careers:  
A minor in Environmental Studies is useful for students seeking academic or professional paths in public policy on the environment. Environmental professionals currently work for government agencies at local, state, and federal levels, and also in many careers in both the public and private sectors.

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