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The environmental sciences minor offers students exposure to the breadth of environmental issues. Students emphasize the natural/physical sciences, and may strategically incorporate the social sciences and humanities.
These program and degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Minor
- Please see your advisor.
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Students must satisfy all requirements as outlined below and by the department offering the minor.
- Students must complete a minimum of 17 credit hours from the approved courses below.
- Students must complete a minimum of 9 upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours in the minor chosen from the approved course list below.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all minor courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the minor GPA. Students cannot complete minor or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours with CU Denver faculty from the list of courses below.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- Many of the upper-division courses have prerequisites; the student must check the catalog for prerequisite requirements for these courses.
- The four upper-division elective courses for the Environmental Sciences minor cannot be from the student's major discipline, even if the particular course is not counted toward the major.
- Undergraduate students may count up to 3 credit hours of independent study (any combination of ENVS 4840 Independent Study: ENVS and ENVS 4880 Directed Research) towards elective credit in the minor as approved by the undergraduate coordinator.
- The lecture/laboratory sequence can be part of the requirements for the major, but not in the student's major department (i.e., a biology major cannot use the general biology sequence, but could use the general chemistry sequence, which is also required for the biology major).
|Take two of the following lecture/laboratory combinations (see Program Requirement note 4, above):||8-10|
& BIOL 2021
|Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)|
and Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio)
& BIOL 2011
|Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)|
and Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio)
& CHEM 2038
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
& CHEM 2068
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
& ENVS 1045
|Introduction to Environmental Sciences|
and Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory
& GEOL 1074
|Physical Geology: Surface Processes|
and Physical Geology: Surface Processes Laboratory
& GEOL 1084
|Physical Geology: Internal Processes|
and Physical Geology: Internal Processes Laboratory
& PHYS 2321
|College Physics I|
and Intro Experimental Phys Lab I
& PHYS 2341
|College Physics II|
and Intro Experimental Phys Lab II
|Take three of the following courses outside of the student’s major discipline (see Program Requirement note 2, above):||9-10|
|BIOL 3411||Principles of Ecology||3|
|CHEM 4700||Environmental Chemistry||3|
|ECON 4540||Environmental Economics||3|
|ENVS 4720||Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions||3|
|or GEOG 4720||Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions|
|GEOG 3232||Weather and Climate||3|
|GEOG 3240||Colorado Climates||3|
|GEOG 4020||Earth Environments and Human Impacts||3|
|GEOG 4060||Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing||3|
|GEOG 4090||Environmental Modeling with Geographic Information Systems||3|
|GEOG 4230||Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment||3|
|GEOG 4240||Applied Geomorphology||3|
|GEOG 4265||Sustainability in Resources Management||3|
|GEOG 4270||Glacial Geomorphology||3|
|GEOG 4280||Environmental Hydrology||4|
|GEOG 4335||Contemporary Environmental Issues||3|
|GEOG 4350||Environment and Society in the American Past||3|
|GEOG 4420||The Politics of Nature||3|
|GEOG 4440||Science, Policy and the Environment||3|
|GEOG 4731||Mountain Biogeography||4|
|GEOL 4030||Environmental Geology||3|
|PSCI 4354||Environmental Politics||3|
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