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EIU Department of Biological Sciences

Environmental Sustainability Minor

This minor provides students with the skillset needed to be competitive in a job market focused on the applications of environmental sustainability. Students will take courses in alternative energies and sustainability as well as biogeochemical aspects of environmental sustainability. The minor also provides examples of the applications of environmental sustainability to various social systems.


To complete this minor a total of 18 hours are required:

A. Six semester hours in:

  • AET 3253 - Energy Technology. Credits: 3
  • AET 3453 - Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems. Credits: 3
  • AET 4453 - Sustainability Topics in Energy. Credits: 3
  • AET 4873 - Current Trends in Energy Technology. Credits: 3

B. Six semester hours, from two different departments (note: GEG & GEL are the same department)

  • BIO 3850 - Environmental Biology. Credits: 3
  • BIO 4820 - Spatial Analysis for Environmental Sciences. Credits: 4
  • CHM 4750 - Environmental Chemistry. Credits: 3
  • GEG 3320 - Natural Resource Conservation. Credits: 3
  • GEG 3330 - Agricultural Geography. Credits: 3
  • GEL 4850(4335) - Environmental Geology. Credits: 3

C. Six semester hours, from two different departments (at least one of which is ECN or PLS)

  • ECN 2800G - Economics of Social Issues. Credits: 3

or ECN 3810 - Economics of Natural Resources

  • GEG 3200 - Human Impacts on the Environment. Credits: 3
  • PLS 3763 - Environmental Politics and Policy. Credits: 3
  • SOC 3622 - Population. Credits: 3
  • SOC 3820 - Environmental Sociology. Credits: 3


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Life Sciences Building - 2070 600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920
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