Environmental Studies Minor
A student majoring in any discipline may opt for a minor in environmental studies. This minor pairs particularly well with majors in biology, engineering, education, social sciences/pre-law, and business.
Required Courses for the Environmental Studies Minor
A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.
A student can choose either BIO 108 Introduction to Life Science OR BIO112 General Biology I with Lab. In addition to the list courses, a student will be required to complete PSY/BIO 490 or 495 or 496 or 497 Independent Study, Research, Seminar, or Internship (4 credits).
- BIO 108
Introduction to Life Science with Lab3 credits
Introductory course covering the basic principles of life with an emphasis on the scientific method, characterization of life, organization of living things, energetics, and evolution.
- BIO 112
General Biology I with Lab4 credits
Selected principles and problems in general biology with emphasis on those principles most applicable to all living organisms: cellular organization, energy exchange, and inheritance.
- BIO 207
Plant Biology with Lab4 credits
Introduction to morphology, physiology, and evolution of
vascular plants; integrating form and function to
understand diversity. Prerequisite: Introductory biology
- BIO 271
Field Ecology4 credits
Introduction to field research techniques; Exploration of
interactions among living and nonliving things within
local natural resources; Identification of local flora and
fauna; One hour of lecture and three hours of fieldwork at
specified locations offsite weekly. Prerequisites: BIO114
and MTH 150 with C or better, or approval of department
- PHL 228
Environmental Ethics3 credits
This course will explore the meaning of environmental
justice, the human Impact on the environment, global
food shortages and environmental concerns, and the
relation of hunger and poverty to the environment. It will
also explore Catholic Social Teaching Perspectives,
especially care for God’s creation, and the common good
and the environment.
- PSY 350
Environmental Psychology3 credits
This course provides an overview of Environmental
Psychology, a subfield of psychology that explores the
interrelationships between humans and their natural and
constructed environments. Topics covered include
contextual theories; human responses to natural and
constructed hazards; conservation psychology;
environmental perception, cognition, and stress; human
factors psychology; problem-solving and decisionmaking;
population psychology and sustainability; and
environmental design, modification, and management.
Prerequisite: PSY 100.
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