Hiram College

Minor Requirements

A minor in environmental studies provides students with the means to understand the interactions between natural and human social systems and helps develop their ability to communicate clearly about these complex issues. It is an excellent complement to many majors, including art, biology, chemistry, communication, education, political science, sociology, and more.


Integrative Course Sequence (5 cr. hrs.)

  • Humans and the Environment (INTD 22500)
  • Interdisciplinary Readings in Environmental Studies (EVST 21000) (typically taken in the second-year)

Natural Systems (7-8 cr. hrs.)

  • Ecology  (EVST 24100 or BIOL 34100)
  • One additional course in Chemistry, Physics, or Geology chosen from the following list:
    • Chemistry in Context (CHEM 10100)
    • General Chemistry I (CHEM 12000)
    • General Chemistry II (CHEM 12100)
    • Principles of Physics I (PHYS 11300) or Fundamentals of Physics I (PHYS 21300)
    • Principles of Physics II (PHYS 11400) or Fundamentals of Physics II (PHYS 21400)
    • Earth, Space, Science (EDUC/EVST 28000)
    • Alternative course in Geology with approval

Additional elective courses in this area may be drawn from any of the natural and physical sciences.

Human Social Systems (12 cr. hrs.)

  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 20100)
  • Environmental Activism and Policy (EVST 33800)
  • Either Environmental History  (HIST 24000) or Environmental Ethics (PHIL 27000) or Wild and Sacred (RELG 38000), or alternative approved by EVST faculty

Communicating Complexity (6-8 cr. hrs.)

Two courses in Communication and/or Writing, to be approved by EVST Faculty


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