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Environmental Science and Management, Minor


Environmental science is the study of the Earth’s surface, including its water and atmosphere, with a particular focus on their relationship to humans and other living things. Environmental science applies chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology to answer questions about the Earth and its interrelationships with living things. Environmental management focuses on the maintenance of environmental resources, for example water resources. Environmental scientists may conduct studies in the field, in the laboratory using advanced analytical equipment, and in the office using specialized computer software. The program is preparation for a variety of career paths, including water monitoring, treatment, and pollution control with local, state, or federal agencies; environmental consulting with private industry; and other careers that draw on a background in the
natural sciences, including law, public policy, and public health.

Total Program Credits: 21

Discipline Core Requirements: 10 Credits
Required Courses  
  ENVT 1110 Introduction to Environmental Management PP 3
  ENVT 2560 Environmental Health 3
  ENVT 2710 Environmental Careers 1
  ENVT 3850 Environmental Policy WE 3
Elective Courses: 11 Credits
Complete at least 11 credits from the following list, at least six need to have an ENVT designation. In addition, at least eight credits must be 3000-level of higher. 11
Environmental Science and Management  
  ENVT 1200 Environmental Worker Safety (3)  
  ENVT 1270 Environmental Microbiology (3)  
  ENVT 1300 Environmental Lab and Sampling (3)  
  ENVT 1510 Hazardous Materials Emergency Response (3)  
  ENVT 2730 Introduction to Soils (4)  
  ENVT 3010 Environmental Toxicology (3)  
  ENVT 3210 Water Quality and Reclamation (3)  
  ENVT 3280 Environmental Law (3)  
  ENVT 3290 Environmental Reporting WE (3)  
  ENVT 3320 Hydraulics of Water (3)  
  ENVT 3330 Water Resources Management (3)  
  ENVT 3530 Environmental Management Systems (3)  
  ENVT 3550 Site Investigation (3)  
  ENVT 3750 Land Use Planning (3)  
  ENVT 3790 Applied Hydrology  (4)  
  ENVT 3800 Energy Use on Earth  (3)  
  ENVT 482R Geologic Environmental Internship (1-3)  
  ENVT 495R Special Projects in Environmental Management (1-3)  
  GEOG 2000 Sustainability and Environment SS  (3)  
  GEOG 3400 Environmental Remote Sensing  (3)  
  GEOG 3500 Geomorphology WE (4)  
  GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  (4)  
  GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems  (4)  
  GEOG 3700 Wetland Studies (3)  
  GEOG 3705 Wetland Studies Laboratory (1)  
  GEOG 4100 Geospatial Field Methods (3)  
  GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology PP (3)  
  GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Laboratory (1)  
  GEO 1080 Introduction to Oceanography PP (3)  
  GEO 1085 Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory (1)  
  GEO 3000 Environmental Geochemistry  (3)  
  GEO 3100 Isotope Geochemistry  (3)  
  GEO 3105 Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory  (1)  
  GEO 3200 Geologic Hazards  (4)  
  GEO 3205 Geologic Hazards Laboratory (1)  
At most 4 credits of the following may be used towards elective requirements:  
  BIOL 2500 Environmental Biology BB (3)  
  BIOL 3700 General Ecology (3)  
  BIOL 3800 Conservation Biology (3)  
  BOT 4050 Plant Ecology (3)  
  CHEM 3020 Environmental Chemistry (3)  
  CHEM 3025 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (3)  
  ENST 3000 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)  
Or other electives approved by the chair of the Earth Science Department  


Graduation Requirements

  1. Grade of C- or higher in all courses used to satisfy requirements of the minor. 

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

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENVT 1110 Introduction to Environmental Management PP 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENVT 2710 Environmental Careers 1
ENVT 2560 Environmental Health 3
  Semester total: 4
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
ENVT 3850 Environmental Policy WE 3
Minor Elective 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Minor Elective 4
  Semester total: 4
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Minor Elective 4
  Semester total: 4
  Degree total: 21


Earth Science

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Earth Science

Program Details

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop the necessary technical knowledge in environmental science and technology management and the underlying foundational and interdisciplinary sciences to succeed in their professional careers.
  2. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills that will enable them to succeed at presenting and publishing scientific data and reports.
  3. Develop skills to critically evaluate scientific literature and scientific problems, identify existing and new scientific questions, and address those questions using both logical, laboratory, geospatial, and other creative approaches
  4. Articulate how the relevant governmental agencies (e.g., EPA, BLM, USGS, UGS,etc.) and the associated environmental laws and regulations relate to their field of study.
  5. Illustrate that they have sufficient knowledge of the breadth of career opportunities available to them so that they can obtain career satisfaction.
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