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This minor is ideal for students wishing to develop a multidisciplinary background in environmental science. The program of study requires a minimum of four courses of which three are required. These required courses include: BIOL-4850, CHEM-4810, and ERTH-4180. A minimum of one additional course must be selected from the list below. At the discretion of the adviser and the environmental science program director, the student may take an alternative not on the list, or complete a four-credit research project. At least three of the four courses required for the minor must be at the 4000 level.

ENVE-4310 Applied Hydrology and Hydraulics
MANE-4700 Solar Devices and Renewable Energy
BIOL-4310 Industrial Microbiology
BIOL-4320 Geomicrobiology
BIOL-4440 Microbial Ecology
ERTH-4690 Aqueous Geochemistry
ERTH-4500 Global Environmental change
BIOL-4700 Fresh Water Ecology Laboratory
BIOL-4870 Environmental Toxicology
ERTH-4710 Groundwater Hydrology
ERTH-4690 Aqueous Geochemistry
ERTH-4180 Environmental Geology
ERTH-4540 Organic Geochemistry

Minor in Geology

Students not majoring in geology may take a minor by completing at least 16 credit hours of ERTH classes, eight of which should be at the 4000 level. ERTH-1030 and 1040 (Natural Sciences) do not count towards the minor.

Minor in Hydrogeology

Students not majoring in hydrogeology may take a minor by taking ERTH-4710 , ERTH-4180, and electing from the ERTH group at least two additional courses except for ERTH-1030 and ERTH-1040.

Minor in Astrobiology

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Department participates in a multidisciplinary minor in astrobiology for students majoring in geology or other disciplines. To complete this minor, students must take a minimum of 16 credits of course work in this field. These courses include ASTR-4510 and ISCI-4500, four credits each, and two semesters of the one-credit course ISCI-4510. A further two courses outside the major field of study are also required, selected from the following:

ASTR-2050 Intro. to Astr. and Astrophysics
BCBP-4810 Biological Spectroscopy
BCBP-4860 Protein and Nucleic Acid Structure
BIOL-4320 Geomicrobiology
BIOL-4440 Microbial Ecology
BIOL-4620 Molecular Biology
BIOL-4760 Molecular Biochemistry I
CHEM-2250 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM-4810 Chemistry of the Environment
ENVE-2110 Intro. to Environmental Engineering
ERTH-4070 Sedimentology
ERTH-4540 Organic Geochemistry

The requirement that two selected courses must be outside of the major field of study is reduced to one in the case of a dual major, provided that both majors are in the primary relevant areas of study (i.e., biology, chemistry, geology, and physics).

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