Environmental Science

Minors in Environmental Science

Environmental Science majors can select optional minors in Meteorology, or in Mathematics. Non-majors can select a minor in Environmental Science.

Meteorology Minor

The Meteorology minor will provide students a comprehensive education into the following areas: dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere, weather analysis, and weather forecasting. The minor also includes course work on the impact of air pollution on people and the environment, the threat of changing climate due to global warming, as well as severe weather, and world climates. Meteorology is an interdisciplinary program and includes applications in mathematics, hydrology, physics, and chemistry for academic research into weather modeling and forecasting, air pollution studies, hydrology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in meteorology, and education. Students need to take additional upper-division courses in mathematics as part of the preparation in operational meteorology. These math courses are necessary for successful completion of upper-division Meteorology courses.

Course Listing Course Name Credit Hours
METR 1430 Meteorology 4
METR 3310 Remote Sensing 3
METR 3320 Forecasting 3
METR 3330 Forecasting II 3
METR 3315 Snyoptic Meteorology I 3
METR 3350 Synoptic Meteorology II 3
METR 3360 Satellit Meteorology, or 3
METR 3335 Severe Weather 3

Total hours in minor: 22 hours

Mathematics Minor

Course Listing Course Name Credit Hours
MATH 1311 Precalculus 3
MATH 2312 Calculus I 3
MATH 2313 Calculus II 3
MATH 3314 Calculus III 3
MATH 33XX Advanced Math Course 3
MATH 33XX Advanced Math Course 3

Although not required, MATH 2414 Differential Equations is also a recommended course to include in the Mathematics minor.

Total hours in minor: 18 hours

Environmental Science Minor (for non-majors)

The Environmental Science minor is designed for students who wish to explore and receive a comprehensive education in a natural science that covers topics and issues of local, national, and global importance on air, soil, and water resources.

Course Listing Course Name Credit Hours
METR 1325 Natural Hazards 4
ENSC 1410 Environmental Science 4
ENSC/BIOL 3410 Soil Conservation and Laboratory 4
BIOL/CHEM/GEOL/METR Advanced Elective 3
ENSC/BIOL 4460 Research in Water Quality 4

BIOL 1401 can substitute for ENSC 1410. METR 3340, METR 3345 and METR 4315 can be used to satisfy the advanced elective.

Total hours in minor: 19 hours


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