Minor: Environmental Studies

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • describe the components and function of Earth systems, have knowledge of environmental policy and ethical approaches to environmental issues, and have engaged in global challenges such as climate change, global water scarcity and ocean acidification, energy, consumption and waste management, and urban sustainability.
  • actively involved with diverse communities throughout their course work and understand environmental challenges from multiple cultural perspectives and through world experiences.
  • demonstrate this learning through the application, across the curriculum, of advanced geographical knowledge, quantitative, and analytical skills in their application to new settings and complex problems.
  • have the ability to characterize environmental elements analytically and communicate their findings effectively.

Environmental Studies Minor

Program Coordinator:

Caroline Davies, Earth and Environmental Science, (816) 235-1334;

Students pursuing the bachelor of arts degree who wish to obtain a minor in environmental studies must take at least 18 credit hours of coursework from the following list, a minimum of nine credit hours at the 300- or 400-level and a minimum of nine credit hours at UMKC. The program of study is to be planned with a program coordinator.

Required Courses
ENV-SCI 110RUnderstanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory3
ENV-SCI 110LUnderstanding the Earth Laboratory2
ENV-SCI 210Issues in Environmental Science3
Select a minimum of one of the following:3
Environment, Resources And Economic Growth 1
Environmental Ethics And Policy 1
See the electives listed under B.A. and B.S. Environmental Studies7
Total Credits18

Courses which do not apply as credit in the Minor program are: GEOG 417, GEOG 398, GEOG 499WI, GEOLOGY 398, GEOLOGY 499WI