University of Maine at Farmington 2017-2018 Catalog

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Students may choose a minor field of study, commonly called a minor, along with their major. A minor usually consists of 20 credits of study. Minors are optional, but many students find that a minor is helpful in providing greater career opportunities after graduation. The requirements for the various minors are listed within individual majors as well as in this section.
Following are the requirements for official University of Maine at Farmington minors. Contact the chairperson of the department offering the minor for an application.
*Starred courses have pre-requisites not included in the minor requirements.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies minor is multidisciplinary, spanning most areas of the arts and sciences.  Students will apply the perspective of their major to the study of the environment, preparing them to relate their careers to environmental issues or nature.  Students seeking an environmental studies major should speak with their advisor or the coordinator of the minor about developing an individualized program (or they should consider majors in Environmental Science or Environmental Policy & Planning).

If you’re interested in pursuing an Environmental Studies minor, please contact the coordinator at

Required courses (five courses worth 20 credits) and an experience
1. At least two courses in Natural Sciences from the list below
2. At least two courses in Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences and Business, and Rehabilitation and Community Health from the list below.
3. One additional elective course from the lists below.
4. Participation in service, internship, research, creative work, or research related to the environment, during the academic year or summer.  This experience can be satisfied and documented in a variety of ways, and should be arranged with your advisor and the coordinator.
1. At least two courses must be at the 200-level or higher
2. No more than 8 credits in a student’s major may be counted toward these course requirements
Natural Sciences: Two of the following:
BIO 110   Introduction to Biology (sections with an environmental focus) 4
BIO 276 Environmental Biology 4
BIO 294 Forest Ecology & Conservation 4
BIO 353 Conservation Biology 4
BIO 383 Aquatic Biology 4
BIO 391 Entomology 4
CHY 110 Introduction to Chemistry (sections with an environmental focus) 4
CHY 384 Environmental Chemistry 4
ENV 110 Environmental Science 4
ENV 276 Environmental Microbiology 4
ENV 384 Environmental Impact Assessment 4
GEY 101 Environmental Geoscience 4
GEY 103 The Earth System 4
GEY 104 Oceans 4
GEY 203 Surficial Processes 4
GEY 301 Terrain analysis 4
GEY 303 Climate Change 4
GEY 356 Hydrology 4
INT 221 Tropical Island Ecology 4
PHY 110 Introduction to Physics (sections with an environmental focus) 4

Social Sciences; Humanities; Community Health & Recreation; Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry:

Two of the following:

ANT 300   Food and Culture 4
ECO 228 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 4
EPP 131 Conservation and Environment 4
EPP/GEO 231 Environmental Issues 4
EPP 331 Nature and Society 4
GEO 104 Global Transformations (sections with an environmental focus) 4
GEO 310 International Development 4
GEO 304 GIScience 4
GEO 337 Environmental Regulations 4
GEO 338 Forestry Management & Practice 4
GEO 340 Land Use 4
POS 216 Environmental Law 4
POS 320 Environmental Politics 4
ENG 100 Green Writing 4
ENG 272 American Texts and Contexts (offerings with a focus on the environment) 4
ENG 362 American Environmental Writing 4
PHI 111 Environmental Philosophy 4
HEA 210 Environmental Health 4
HEA 245 Nutrition and Ecological Concerns 4
ART 331 Drawing and Painting Outdoors 4
Other Courses: Honors and Topics 277 and 377 courses with an environmental focus
Total credits for the Minor: 20

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