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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

Discipline Core Requirements:   3 Credits 
  ENST 3000   Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
Elective Requirements 15 Credits
Choose 6 credits from the following courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the Woodbury School of Business. 6
  Culture Ecology and Health (3)  
  Biology and Culture (3)  
  Communicating in Environments (3)  
  The Culture of Nature and Technology (3)  
  Wilderness and Environmental Writing (3)  
  Environmental History of the United States (3)  
  Environmental Ethics (3)  
  Environmental Aesthetics (3)  
or
Environmental Aesthetics  (3)
  The Ethics of Human/Animal Relationships (3)  
or
Animals and Society  (3)
  Environmental Sociology (3)  
or
Environmental Sociology  (3)
  Environmental Economics (3)  
Any other advisor approved courses
 
Choose 6 credits from the following courses in the College of Science. 3 of these credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. 6
Biology  
  College Biology I (4)  
  College Biology II (3)  
  Environmental Biology (3)  
  General Ecology (3)  
  Conservation Biology (3)  
  Environmental Law (3)  
  Freshwater Ecology (4)  
  Ethical Issues in Biology (2)  
Botany  
  Field Botany 3)  
  Flora of Utah (3)  
  Ethnobotany (4)  
  Plant Ecology (3)  
  Native Trees and Shrubs of Utah (3)  
  Introduction to Grasses (3)  
Chemistry  
  Elementary Organic Bio-Chemistry (4)  
  Environmental Chemistry (3)  
  Radiochemistry (3)  
Environmental Management  
  Introduction to Environmental Management (3)  
  Introduction to Water Reclamation (3)  
  Environmental Microbiology (3)  
  Introduction to Water Treatment (3)  
  Hazardous Materials Emergency Response (3)  
  Environmental Health (3)  
  Introduction to Soils (4)  
  Environmental Law (3)  
  Water Resources Management (3)  
  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)  
  Land Use Planning (3)  
  Natural Resources Management (3)  
  Energy Use on Earth (3)  
Geology  
  Prehistoric Life (3)  
  Introduction to Oceanography (3)  
  Historical Geology (3)  
  Environmental Geochemistry (3)  
  Geologic Hazards (4)  
  Geomorphology (4)  
  Paleontology (4)  
Geography  
  Introduction to Physical Geography (3)  
  Environmental Remote Sensing (3)  
  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)  
  Advanced Geographic Information Systems (4)  
  Wetland Studies (3)  
  Environmental History of the United States (3)  
Meterology  
  Introduction to Meteorology (3)  
  Climate and the Earth System (3)  
Physics  
  Energy You and the Environment (3)  
  Energy Use on Earth (3)  
Outdoor Recreation  
  Foundations of Recreation (3)  
  Leave No Trace Trainer (1)  
  Ethical Concerns in Recreation (3)  
  Outdoor Leadership and Management Practicum (2)  
  Natural Resource and Protected Area Management (3)  
Zoology  
  Vertebrate Zoology (3)  
  Invertebrate Zoology (3)  
  Herpetology (3)  
  Entomology (3)  
  Mammalogy (3)  
  Animal Behavior (3)  
  Ornithology (4)  
Choose an additional 3 credits from any of the courses listed above – OR – complete 3 hours of research credits, service project credits, or internship credits    3

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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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:

Philosophy & Humanities

Location:

CB 507 (PHIL) & CB 211 (HUM)

Telephone:

801-863-8352 & 801-863-6284

Email:

 

Web Address:

uvu.edu/philhum

Chair:

Leslie Simon

 
 

Mission Statement

The UVU Department of Philosophy and Humanities is committed to the idea that logic and critical thinking are the core of all academic disciplines. The department engages in the critical study of the intellectual and creative underpinnings of the liberal arts curriculum. The humanities reflect on and interact with those creative enterprises that make us most human: art, architecture, music, and poetry. Philosophy engages theoretical and practical questions about reality and human experience in the life-long pursuit of truth and understanding.

In keeping with the democratic ideal of an educated citizenship, the department aims to provide the highest quality educational experience to prepare students for an increasingly complex and intellectually demanding society. The free exploration of ideas will expose students to a variety of perspectives on important issues; the critical examination of those ideas will impart the skills of reflection and decision-making.

The department seeks to develop in its students a set of skills and knowledge that is useful for all forms of reflection and investigation, relevant and transferable to myriad professions, and promoting of lifelong learning and intercultural awareness. The department focuses on the following: developing the practical skills of critical analysis and problem solving, and the reflection on one’s own ethics, values and beliefs; developing the skills of communication, through effective speech and clear, rigorous writing; imparting a wide variety of content, including knowledge of the history of philosophy and the humanities, an appreciation and understanding of human diversity, and a connection of these topics to practical life; imparting the basic values of the liberal arts, including self-reflectiveness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity.

 
 

Philosophy & Humanities

  • Department Chair: Leslie Simon
  • Office: CB 507b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8128
  • Associate Chair: Shannon Mussett
  • Office: CB 507f
  • Telephone: 801-863-6264
  • Director of Humanities: Kim Abunuwara
  • Office: CB 311e
  • Telephone: 801-863-6266
  • Advisor:  Kindra Amott
  • Office: CB 506h
  • Telephone: 801-863-6717
  • Philosophy Front Office:
  • Office: CB 507
  • Telephone: 801-863-8352

 
 

Faculty

Brian Birch(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



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

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Thomas Bretz(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy/Ethics, Dresden University of Technology; M.A.,,Philosophy, The New School for Social Research; Ph.D., Philosophy, Loyola University.

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Alex Caldiero(2002)

Senior Artist in Residence

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Artist in Residence/ No degree

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Elaine Englehardt(1980)

Distinguished Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Journalism, M.A., Communications, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Communications, University of Utah.

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Kristina Gibby(2019)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy and Humanities
Faculty



BA, Humanities, Brigham Young University, MA, Comparative Studies, Brigham Young University, PhD, Comparative Literature, Louisiana State University,

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Laura Guerrero(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Willamette University; M.A., Philosophy, University of Hawaii; Ph.D. (ABD), Philosophy, University of New Mexico.

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Jorgen Hansen(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.S., Philosophy, Utah Valley University; M.A., Philosophy, University of California, Riverside.

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Alexandra Karl(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Theory and History of Art, B.F.A., Studio Art, University of Ottawa; M.A., History of Art, Ludwig-Maimillians Universitat; Ph.D., History of Art, University of Cambridge.

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Pierre Lamarche(2000)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Physics, University of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas.

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Samuel Liang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



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



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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Karen Mizell(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Incarnate Word College; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oklahoma.

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Shannon Mussett(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



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

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Christopher Nguyen(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Harvard University; Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California.

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R. Potter(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Brigham Young University; M.A., Philosophy, Florida State University; M.A., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame.

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Michaela Sawyer(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



M.A., English, Washington University; M.A., American Studies, Heinrich-Heine University; Ph.D., English, Washington University.

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Michael Shaw(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



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

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Leslie Simon(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., English Literature, Texas A&M University; M.A., Ph.D., English & Literature, Boston University.

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Eric Stencil(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy & History, Bowling Green State University; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Christine Weigel(2002)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, B.M., Music Performance, Lawrence University; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University.

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