University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 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 Introductory Biology (sections with an environmental focus) 4
BIO 276 Environmental Biology 4
BIO 294 Forest Ecology & Conservation 4
BIO 321/INT 221 Tropical Island Ecology 4
BIO 353 Conservation Biology 4
BIO 383 Aquatic Biology 4
BIO 391 Entomology 4
CHY 110N Elementary Chemistry (sections with an environmental focus) 4
ENV 110N Introductory Environmental Science 4
ENV 257 Soil Science 4
ENV 276 Environmental Microbiology 4
ENV 384 Environmental Impact Assessment 4
GEY 101N Environmental Geoscience 4
GEY 103N The Earth System 4
GEY 104N Oceans: Ancient and Modern 4
GEY 203 Surficial Processes 4
GEY 301 Terrain Analysis 4
GEY 303 Climate Change 4
GEY 304 Geochemistry 4
GEY 356 Hydrology 4
INT 221 Tropical Island Ecology 4
PHY 110N Elementary Physics (sections with an environmental focus) 4
PHY 116 Energy, Physics, and the Environment 4

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

Two of the following:

ART 115A Drawing I: Drawing Outdoors 4
ANT 240S Cultural Ecology 4
ANT 265S Climate Change and Society 4
ANT 300               Food and Culture 4
BUS 101S Business, Society and Sustainability 4
ECO 228 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 4
ENG 220 Nature Writing 4
ENG 272H American Texts and Contexts (offerings with a focus on the environment) 4
ENG 362 American Environmental Writing 4
EPP/GEO 131S Conservation and Environment 4
EPP/GEO 231S Environmental Issues 4
EPP/GEO 304 Environmental GIS 4
EPP/GEO 310 Sustainable Development 4
EPP/GEO 320 Environment, Economy, Society 4
EPP 331 Nature and Society 4
EPP/GEO 340 Sustainable Land Use 4
GEO 104S Global Transformations (sections with an environmental focus) 4
GEO 334 Political Ecology 4
GEO 337 Environmental Regulations 4
GEO 338 Forestry Management & Practice 4
HEA 210 Environmental Health 4
HEA 245 Nutrition and Ecological Concerns 4
PHI 111H Environmental Philosophy 4
POS 320 Environmental Politics 4
Other Courses: Honors and Topics 277 and 377 courses with an environmental focus.
A minimum of one third of the required credits must be earned at UMF for a minor to be awarded.
Total credits for the Minor: 20

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