The Water and the Environment Minor consists of a minimum of 6 classes and 18 credits: 2 introductory courses, 3 topics courses, at least two of the three must be 300 level or above, with content related to water, and 1 practical experience or independent study project.
Check out the Course Guides below for up-to-date course lists
1. Introductory Course – Choose one from the following list:
2. Second Water-Centered Course – Choose one from the following list:
- ENVIRON 110 Introduction to Global Change: Physical Processes
- ENVIRON 111 Global Change: The Sustainability Challenge
- BIOLOGY 109 Ecological Knowledge and Environmental Problem Solving
- EARTH 110 Evolving Oceans
- EARTH/ENVIRON 206 How the Earth Works: The Water Cycle and Environment
- EARTH 222/ENVIRON 232 Introduction to Oceanography
- EARTH 277 Water in the 21st Century
- HISTORY 240 The World Since 1492: Oceans in World History
3. Three Topics Courses – Choose three from the following topic areas. At least two course must be from different topic areas and 300 level or above.
Economics, Policy & Planning
Natural Sciences & Resource Management
4. Synthetic or Capstone Experience
As a “conclusion” to the minor, students will choose a practical experience synthesizing approaches and knowledge bases relevant to the issue. The practical experience can take the form of an independent study course, internship, field-oriented course or study abroad course. Students will either work with a faculty advisor to complete an independent study course or internship, or they will consult with a PitE Advisor or faculty to choose a field-oriented course or study abroad experience synthesizing approaches and knowledge bases relevant to the student’s interest in water.