Environmental Education (Minor)
To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!
The undergraduate minor in Environmental Education is offered to students interested in building environmental literacy among pre-K through adult audiences. Environmental literacy includes environmental awareness and knowledge, pro-environmental attitudes and sensitivity, critical thinking skills necessary to analyze complex environmental challenges, and motivation to act in environmentally responsible ways. Undergraduates may be interested in careers including informal science education (e.g., in museums or aquaria), environmental interpretation (e.g., parks and nature centers), formal K- 12 education, or any other career that involves connecting people with the environment. The minor is designed to give an opportunity to make substantial progress toward the NC Environmental Education Certification program, a certification listed as a requirement (or working towards) for positions within many parks and informal science education facilities, and recognized and favored nationally by many museums, aquaria, and nature centers.
Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply to the Environmental Education minor, go to: https://go.ncsu.edu/minor_coda. Students will be notified on a rolling basis. Once accepted into the Environmental Education Minor, students will be able to sign up for Minor courses. A limited number of minor seats will be reserved in the courses on the minor list.
Kathryn Stevenson, Associate Professor
Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
Biltmore 4008D, Box 8004
SIS code: 15EEDM
To be certified as having completed the minor in Environmental education, students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average across all courses used toward the minor. The minor will be certified prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for the minor should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State. Other specifications include:
- Enrollment in the minor is open to any student at NC State.
- Students must take 6 hours of required courses and 9 hours of electives for a total of 15 hours, per the course requirements list
- No more than six (6) hours of transfer credits can be used toward the minor.
|EMS 350||Teaching Environmental Education|
|PRT 385||Environmental Education in Practice||3|
|Natural Sciences 2||3|
|Conservation of Natural Resources|
|Conservation Biology in Practice|
|Vertebrate Natural History|
|Urban Wildlife Management|
|International Sustainable Resource Use|
|Human Dimensions of Wildlife and Fisheries|
|Processing of Biomaterials|
|Principles of Green Chemistry|
|Introduction to Environmental Sciences|
|Climate Change and Sustainability|
|Land and Life|
|Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory|
|North Carolina Forests|
|Teaching & Facilitation Courses 3||3|
|Introduction to Teaching Science|
|Methods of Teaching Science I|
|Foundations in Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Education|
|Principles and Practices of Outdoor Leadership|
|Recreation and Park Interpretive Services|
|Planning and Delivering Non-Formal Education|
|Professional Presentations in Agricultural Organizations|
|Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment 4||3|
|Understanding Structural Diversity through Biological Illustration|
|Diversity and Environmental Justice|
|Humans and the Environment|
|American Environmental History|
|Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics|
|Introduction to Environment and Behavior for Designers|
|History of Landscape Architecture|
Students must take 3 hours of Natural Sciences courses, 3 hours of Teaching and Facilitation courses, and 3 additional hours from either one of these categories OR from the Interdisciplinary Perspectives courses. Students who identify other courses more appropriate to their goals should consult with the minor advisor to seek permission for those courses to count.
These courses are meant to provide the content knowledge commonly used in environmental education, which usually includes natural history or identification knowledge, knowledge of ecosystems, or knowledge of environmentally friendly practices.
These courses are intended to give students a background in teaching and learning theory and practices.
Select 3 hours from here OR from any of the courses in the other two areas. These courses are designed to give students a broader view beyond natural science and teaching. These courses may be particularly useful to those interested in a specific topic (e.g., environmental justice) or who anticipate employing EE principals in a diversity of careers (e.g., planning departments).