Minor in Environmental Science (18 credits)*

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary study that uses information and knowledge from life sciences (such as biology), physical sciences (e.g., chemistry, geology, and physics), and social sciences (e.g., economics, politics, and ethics) to learn how the Earth’s environment works, how our environment affect us, how we affect our environment, and how to deal with the environmental challenges we face. Although the Program is housed in the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, it is open to all Purdue Calumet students. Any Purdue Calumet student may become an environmental science minor by submitting a completed Student Curriculum Update/Change form (indicating the minor code KSE) to the Registrar. The Program aims to provide students with opportunities for gaining (1) a knowledge of the natural environment and how it is influenced by human society along with critical thinking skills, (2) exposure to modern and traditional technology in environmental subjects, and (3) “real world” experience through an internship or capstone project. 

The Program’s curriculum consists of 18 credits (6 credits in core courses and 12 credits in elective courses) as listed below. A majority of the 18 credits can be fulfilled by the courses that are taken for general education requirements, the student’s major requirements, and elective courses. Therefore, it is possible to complete the Environmental Science Minor curriculum with no or very few additional courses beyond the graduation requirement of the student’s major.

Core Courses (6 credits)

SCI 20200 Concepts of Environmental Science (3)
SCI 49100 Environmental Internship* (3) OR
Senior/capstone/research project with environmental subject in the student’s major (3)

Elective Courses (12 credits; must include min 6 credits outside of student’s major)

BIOL 21000 Field Biology (3)
BIOL 33300 Ecology* (4)
BIOL 40500
Conservation Biology* (3)

BIOL 41200 Climate Change and the Environment* (3)
BIOL 41300 Aquatic Ecology* (3)
BIOL 41400 Invasive Species Ecology* (3)
BIOL 50800 Evolution* (3)
BIOL 58700 Biogeography* (3)
BIOL 58800 Plant Ecology* (3)
BIOL 58900 Laboratory in Plant Ecology* (1)
BIOL 59100 Field Ecology* (4)

BIOL 49500/ 5950059500 Special Assignments (Related to Environmental Sciences, Repeatable for credits.)
59500 Topics may include but are not limited to
Environmental Microbiology* (3~4)
Wetland Ecology* (3)
CE 20100 Surveying & GIS* (3)
CE 35400 Introduction to Environmental Engineering* (3)
CHM 32400 Environmental Chemistry* (3)
EAS 22000 Physical Geography (3)
EAS 22300 Ocean Studies (3)
EAS 22200 Weather Studies (3)
ECON 31100 Environmental Economics* (3)
HIST 56200 Environmentalism in United States History* (3)
POL 22300 Environmental Policy (3)
POL 52200 Energy, Politics, and Public Policy* (3)
POL 52300 Environmental Politics and Public Policy* (3)
SCI 10300 Survey of Biological Worlds (3)
SCI 10400 Introduction to Environmental Biology (3)
SCI 13100 Science & Environment (3)
SCI 31500 Environmental Science for Elementary Education* (3)
Any course on environmental subject upon approval of the coordinator
*These courses have pre-requisites.

Program Coordinator:
Prof. Young D. Choi, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences

*Updated July 22, 2014