University Catalog 2023-2024

Environmental Education (Minor)

The undergraduate minor in Environmental Education is offered to students interested in building environmental literacy (environmental knowledge, attitudes, skills & behaviors) among pre-K through adult audiences. This minor may be right for you if you are interested in careers in 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 Add a Minor. 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

Plan Requirements

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.

Required Courses

EMS 350Teaching Environmental Education 3
PRT 485Environmental Education in Practice3

Elective Courses1

Natural Sciences 23
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
Plant Life
Local Flora
Land and Life
Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory
Forest Ecology
North Carolina Forests
Teaching & Facilitation Courses 33
Introduction to Teaching Science
Methods of Teaching Science I
Foundations of Outdoor Recreation Management
Recreation and Park Interpretive Services
Principles and Practices of Outdoor Leadership
Planning and Delivering Non-Formal Education
Professional Presentations in Agricultural Organizations
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment 43
Humans and the Environment
Understanding Structural Diversity through Biological Illustration
Diversity and Environmental Justice
Environmental Ethics
American Environmental History
Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics
Introduction to Environment and Behavior for Designers
History of Landscape Architecture
Total Hours9