Environmental Studies

Dr. Jeffrey Myers
Program Coordinator

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that promotes an understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment. Open to all Manhattan College students, the minor is designed to provide students with a liberal arts experience that focuses on the complex interrelationship among the scientific, economic, political, religious, aesthetic, and ethical ideas that underlie environmental issues. The minor is designed for both science and non-science majors and serves to broaden their environmental education in a way that can help all students prepare for future careers in the fields of environmental policy or education, while giving students who plan careers in science or engineering a crucial background for understanding the social context in which their work takes place. Courses are available in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, English, Government, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.


Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Studies: Fifteen approved credits from the list of Environmental Studies courses are required. GOVT 223 Environmental Politics is required of all students. No more than two courses from any one department will be counted toward the minor. Students who are not enrolled in the Schools of Engineering or Science must take at least one science-based course from the approved list beyond the prerequisite. A minimum grade of C is required for credit toward the minor.


Students not enrolled in the School of Engineering or School of Science must take one or more of the following as a prerequisite for the minor:

BIOL 111
  & BIOL 112
General Biology I
   and General Biology II
BIOL 222Biology for Engineers (Co-requisite: BIOL 224 Lab)3
SCI 203Topics in Science I3
or SCI 204 Topics: in Science II
SCI 231Chemistry in the Modern World3
or SCI 232 Biology in the Modern World

Environmental Studies Courses

In addition to GOVT 223 Environmental Politics, students must take four courses from the following:

BIOL 223Ecology (Co-requisite: BIOL 220 Lab)3-4
BIOL 231Evolution (Co-requisite: BIOL 232 Lab)3
BIOL 326Animal Behavior3
BIOL 406Special Topics in Biology *3
BIOL 409Marine Biology3
BIOL 431Freshwater Ecology3
BIOL 432Estuarine and Coastal Ecology3
ENGL 279Literature and the Environment3
ENGL 345Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism3
ENVL 517Environmental Law3
EVST 399Independent Study in Environmental Studies3
EVST 400Field Project in Environmental Studies3
HIST 321Special Topics *3
HIST 322Special Topics3
HIST 377Science, Technology, and Society3
INTL 315Special Topics: Area Studies *3
PHIL 399Topics in Philosophy *3
RELS 372Religion and Science3
RELS 377Religion and Environmentalism3
SCI 202Introduction Geology3


When these “topics” courses focus on a subject relevant to environmental studies. A relevant special topics course from any department may count toward the minor with permission from the Environmental Studies coordinator.




EVST 399. Independent Study in Environmental Studies. 3 Credits.

An in-depth independent study in any field of Environmental Studies, undertaken with a faculty member in the appropriate field. Open only to students enrolled in the Environmental Studies minor. Permission of the sponsoring faculty member and the Environmental Studies coordinator is required.

EVST 400. Field Project in Environmental Studies. 3 Credits.

An experiential learning opportunity with an environmental organization or government agency - locally, domestically or abroad. Open only to students enrolled in the Environmental Studies minor. Permission of Environmental Studies coordinator is required.

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