Natural History Minor (28-29 hours)

The study of natural history is the foundation of the biological sciences and fundamental to place-based studies, nature interpretation and environmental education. A minor in natural history provides students with a concentration of knowledge and skills through experiential, field-based coursework, internship opportunities and a unique capstone experience. Skills and knowledge developed through this minor can be applied to a diversity of professions. Students in the minor are expected to develop inquiry skills -- such as observation, problem formulation, data collection and critical analysis -- and the ability to apply field skills and integrated theory of organismal biology and ecological systems to the assessment of real-world problems.

Required Courses:

  • Environmental Education (EDUC/EVST 20500 – 4 hrs)
  • Introductory Biology I (BIOL 15100 – 4 hrs, SM)
  • Ecology (BIOL/EVST 27800 – 4 hrs)
  • Capstone (1 hr)

Elective Courses:

Choose three FIELD courses with at least one course from each category below:

Field-based organismal courses:

  • Ornithology (EVST 38000 – 4 hrs)
  • Herpetology (BIOL 38000 – 4 hrs)
  • Vascular Plants (BIOL 31600 – 4 hrs)
  • Nonvascular Plants (BIOL 21300 – 4 hrs)
  • Entomology

Field-based systems courses:

  • Forest Ecology (BIOL 34500 – 4 hrs)
  • Wildlife Management (BIOL 250 – 4 hrs, SM)
  • Marine Ecology (BIOL 34200 – 4 hrs)
  • Aquatic Biology (BIOL 38000 – 4 hrs)
  • Field Biology (BIOL 30000 – 4 hrs)
  • Wetlands, Rivers, Coastal Plains (EVST 35500–4 hrs)

Choose one CONTEXT course from the following:

  • Environmental Policy and Activism (EVST 33800 – 4 hrs)
  • Conservation Biology (BIOL 34300 – 4 hrs)
  • Environmental Art (ART 25900 – 3 hrs, CM)
  • Writing About Nature (WRIT 21400 – 3hrs, CM)
  • Climate Change (INTD 28000 – 3hrs)
  • Humans and the Environment (INTD 22500 – 4 hrs, ES)

Please contact Dr. Sarah Mabey (program coordinator) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330.569.5847. with any questions.

 

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