Environmental Sciences Minor

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Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Sciences

A total of twenty-four (24) credits and one additional environmental experience as follows:

  1. ENVS 150: Environment and Society.
  2. One of the following introductory courses in Environmental Sciences:
    1. BIOL 120: Environmental Science.
    2. CHEM 120(L): Foundations of Chemistry.
    3. ENVS 111: Physical Geology.
    4. ENVS 116: Introductory Topics in Earth Science.
    5. ENVS 120: Introduction to Earth and Atmospheric Science.
    6. MATH 115: Applied Calculus.
    7. MATH 214: Discrete Mathematical Modeling with Biological Applications.
  3. Three of the following Environmental Sciences courses from the following list. At least one must be taken from outside student’s major department. Additional courses may be designated by the Environmental Studies and Sciences program.
    1. No Prerequisites:
      1. BIOL 120: Introduction to Environmental Science.
      2. CHEM 120(L): Foundations of Chemistry. (Environmentally-themed section preferred)
      3. ENVS 111: Physical Geology.
      4. ENVS 116: Introductory Topics in Earth Science.
      5. ENVS 120: Introduction to Earth and Atmospheric Science.
      6. ENVS 170: Rocky Mountain Ecology Field Research. (at Teton Science Schools)
      7. MATH 115: Applied Calculus.
      8. MATH 214: Discrete Mathematical Modeling with Biological Applications.
    2. Prerequisites: BIOL 120 or ENVS 120 and CHEM 120:
      1. ENVS 206(L): Topics in Environmental Sciences. (when approved by the director of the program)
      2. ENVS 220(L): Physical Geography of the Southeastern United States.
    3. Prerequisites: BIOL 120 and CHEM 120 or BIOL 130-131 and 140-14:
      1. BIOL 212 and 214 (taken together): Environmental Issues in Southern Africa and Environmental Field Study in Namibia.
      2. BIOL 315(L): Ecology.
      3. BIOL 320(L): Conservation Biology.
      4. BIOL 345(L): Ornithology.
      5. BIOL 365: Advanced Topics in Biology. (i.e. Plants and People, or other environmentally-related topic approved by the director of the program)
    4. Prerequisites: BIOL 130-131 and 140-141
      1. BIOL 200(L): Evolution.
      2. BIOL 201(L): Mycology.
      3. BIOL 202: Vertebrate Life.
      4. BIOL 207(L): Animal Behavior.
      5. BIOL 220: Parasitology.
      6. BIOL 253(L): Plant Genetics and Diversity.
      7. BIOL 301(L): Microbiology.Prerequisite: Chemistry 120
      8. CHEM 206: Environmental Chemistry.
      9. CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I.
    5. Prerequisite: Chemistry 211
      1. CHEM 240(L): Analytical Chemistry.
  4. One additional Environmental Studies elective from the following list. Additional courses may be designated by the Environmental Studies and Sciences program.
    1. ANSO 201: Human Evolution.
    2. ANSO 203: Becoming Human: Domesticating the World.
    3. ANSO 221: North of the Rio: Indigenous People of North America.
    4. ANSO 265: Selected Introductory Topics in Anthropology and Sociology. (i.e. Southern Foodscapes, or other environmentally- related topic approved by the director of the program)
    5. ANSO 271: Ecological Anthropology.
    6. ANSO 273: Gender and the Environment.
    7. ANSO 275: Food and Culture: You Are What You Eat.
    8. ART 166: Topics in Studio Art: Sculpture, Trees, and the Life of Wood
    9. CHIN 214: Intro to Chinese Culture: Material Culture and Chinese Gardens.
    10. ECON 349: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
    11. ECON 360: Urban Economics.
    12. ENGL 332: Advanced Shakespeare Studies: Green Shakespeare.
    13. ENGL 336: Literature & Landscape.
    14. ENVS 205: Topics in Environmental Studies. (when approved by the director of the program)
    15. FYWS 151: Overton: Memphis and the History of Urban Parks.
    16. HIST 105: Disease & Epidemics.
    17. HIST 207: Global Environmental History.
    18. HIST 305: U.S. Cities and Suburbs.
    19. HIST 307: Nature and War.
    20. HIST 309: Natural Disasters.
    21. HUM 201: Search for Values. (Jackson’s section only)
    22. INTS 340: Global Ecopolitics.
    23. INTS 341: Comparative Ecopolitics.
    24. INTS 375: Population and National Security.
    25. PHIL 230: Environmental Philosophy.
    26. POLS 206: Urban Politics and Policy.
    27. RELS 101: The Bible. (Hotz’s section only)
    28. RELS 220: Topics in Theology: Environmental Theology.
    29. URBN 201: Introduction to Urban Studies.
  5. Experiential Learning. Each student in the major will be required to complete an environmentally-oriented experience in which he or she will have a substantial engagement with environmental issues outside the Rhodes campus. There are several ways to complete this requirement, some of which are credit-bearing, but others are not. As with the College’s F11 requirement, students are not required to receive academic credit.
    1. Students may enroll in one of the following:
      1. ARCE 120: Field Research in Environmental Archaeology.
      2. BIOL 212 and 214 (taken together): Environmental Issues in Southern Africa and Environmental Field Study in Namibia.
      3. ARCE 450: Archaeological Field School.
      4. ENVS 160: Rocky Mountain Ecology. (at Teton Science Schools)
      5. ENVS 170: Rocky Mountain Field Research. (at Teton Science Schools)
      6. ENVS 450: Field Experience in Environmental Studies and Sciences.
      7. ENVS 460: Internship in Environmental Studies and Sciences.
      8. ENVS 490: Independent Research in Environmental Studies and Sciences.
    2. Experiences other than those listed above must be approved by the director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program and will require a substantial essay, evaluated by the director of the program, which links the student’s experience with what he or she has learned in the classroom. Experiences may include organized service projects at Rhodes with faculty or staff oversight (such as the Summer Service Fellowships), or study abroad experiences approved by Rhodes with significant environmental content as determined by the director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences program. Students should submit the form on the program’s website to petition for such experiences.

N.B.: Although not required, INTD 225: Geographic Information Systems, is strongly recommended.