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Minor in Environmental Science


The Minor in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program administered jointly by the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Natural Sciences. The purpose of the program is to provide students with a broad conceptual framework for understanding environmental issues, from a global perspective.


The Minor in Environmental Science aims at providing a quality education to students interested in  enriching their knowledge of existing global environmental issues and problems. It exposes them to important issues related to environmental problems and their causes. Concepts in environmental ethics, management and policies concerning the preservation of the environment are also provided. Additionally, the program covers topics related to the study of natural and non-natural chemical and microbiological substances in the environment and their transformations, and discusses methods of remediation to most environmental pollution issues.

Program Objectives

The Minor in Environmental Science aims at providing students with:

  1. an understanding of the social, economic, political and legal framework of environmental issues,
  2. sufficient background to be able to collect, analyze and formulate possible solutions to environmental problems,
  3. an understanding of the intertwining effects and impacts of human activities on the world’s vital natural resources, and
  4. better job market opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Minor in Environmental Science, students will:

  1. understand the underlying concepts and principles associated with environmental science,
  2. identify sources of water, soil and air pollutants,
  3. demonstrate familiarity with the practical/field dimensions of a range of environmental problems and issues,
  4. understand the interrelationships between society, economy and environment,
  5. critically review environmental impact assessment reports,
  6. discuss remediation strategies of a variety of environmental contaminants, and
  7. recognize the potential harmful role of human beings in shaping the environment.


Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Core Courses (9 cr.)
  • Elective Courses (9 cr.)

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • ENV200 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 cr.)
  • ENV402/ CIE525 Environmental Policy & Management (3 cr.)
  • ENV422/ CIE522 Environmental Impact Assessment (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

  • BIO203 Introduction to Ecology (3 cr.)1
  • CHM340 Environmental Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CIE424 Water Distribution & Treatment (3 cr.)
  • CIE426 Wastewater Collection & Treatment (3 cr.)
  • CIE520 Solid Waste Management (3 cr.)
  • CIE585 Risk & Natural Hazard Management (3 cr.)
  • ENV423 Environmental Microbiology (3 cr.)
  • ENV426/ CIE526  Environmental Remediation (3 cr.)
  • ENV427 Environmental Physics (3 cr.)

1 For Engineering students, this course may be replaced by ENV200.
For Biology students, this course may be substituted with BIO331 Ecology.
For Civil Engineering students, CIE courses are considered as CIE Technical Elective courses.