University Catalog 2023-2024

Environmental Sciences (Minor)

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The Environmental Sciences minor allows students to connect the topics from their major to the compelling, contemporary issues that connect humans to the environment. The minor includes courses in all academic units to provide links between disciplines and to provide a foundation for analysis of environmental issues.


Any student with an interest in Environmental Science minor should see the contact person listed below to discuss their interest in the minor, course requirements and complete the Declaration of Minor form to be submitted to the Office of Registration and Records. Students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 to be admitted to the minor.


The Environmental Science Committee will review the student’s record and certify that the student has completed the requirements for the minor. 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 certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person

Erin A. Champion
Program Coordinator
3136B Jordan Hall

Effective Date: 7/2010
SIS Code: 15EVM

Plan Requirements

To complete the ES minor, students must complete 15 credit hours by taking three of the ES Core courses earning 9 Cr with a C- or better grade in each course. Students must then complete two additional elective courses with a C- or better from the approved list. A student may not major and minor in Environmental Science.

Required Courses9
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
Earth from Space
Climate Change and Sustainability
Energy and Environment
Elective Courses6
Select two courses from one or any of the following groups: 2
Group I – Biological Science
Marine Biology 1
Conservation of Natural Resources
Ecology 1
Introduction to Forest Science
Group II – Physical Science
Geology I: Physical
and Geology I Laboratory
Introduction to Weather and Climate
and Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory
Soil Science 1
Introduction to Oceanography
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Group III – Social Science
Environmental Ethics
Humans and the Environment
Technological Catastrophes
U.S. Environmental Law and Politics
Global Environmental Politics
Introduction to Environment and Behavior for Designers
Group IV – Advanced Courses
Environmental Geology 1
Renewable Natural Resource Management and Policy
Role of Soils in Environmental Management
American Environmental History 1
Conservation of Biological Diversity 1
Environmental Sociology 1
Total Hours15