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 Lab

    3 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 Lab

    4 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 Lab

    4 credits

    Introduction to morphology, physiology, and evolution of
    vascular plants; integrating form and function to
    understand diversity. Prerequisite: Introductory biology
    course.

  • BIO 271

    Field Ecology

    4 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
    chair.

  • PHL 228

    Environmental Ethics

    3 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 Psychology

    3 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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