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Minor in Environment

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The Environment Minor (18 credits) is intended to complement the expertise gained through a major or faculty program outside the MSE.

Students taking an Environment Minor are exposed to different approaches, perspectives, and world views that will help them gain an understanding of the complexity and the conflicts that underlie environmental problems.

Students can declare their intention to do an Environment Minor after first consulting with their Major Program Advisor and the MSE Program Advisor. They then submit to the MSE Program Advisor a program of courses to be applied towards the Minor (both courses already taken and those to be taken), and register for the Minor Environment (or Minor Concentration Environment) on Minerva. (Arts, Law, and Management students register for the Minor Concentration Environment; Science, Engineering, and Agricultural & Environmental Sciences students register for the Minor Environment.)

Once approval is granted, to obtain a Minor Environment (or Minor Concentration Environment) students must:

(a) Pass all courses counted towards their faculty program or major with a grade of C or higher.

(b) Receive 18 credits from complementary courses (listed below). Note: Credits counted towards this Minor CANNOT be counted towards the student's major program or a second minor program.

(c) Ensure that all credits from complementary courses are outside the discipline or field of the major program.

See also Student Resources for information for New Students, including:

  • Taking courses on the Macdonald campus
  • ENVR course sections - beware!

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

12 credits selected from the MSE core courses:

ENVR 200 - The Global Environment
ENVR 201 - Society,Environ&Sustainability
ENVR 202 - The Evolving Earth
ENVR 203 - Knowledge, Ethics&Environment
ENVR 400 - Environmental Thought

6 credits of environmentally related subjects selected with the approval of the program advisor. At least 3 credits must be in an area outside of the student's broad area of study (ie. Arts, Law, and Management students take at least 3 credits of natural sciences; Science, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, and Engineering students take at least 3 credits of social sciences)

NOTE: Only courses at the 200-level and above can be counted for the Minor.

A list of suggested courses is available. Students are also encouraged to examine the course lists of the various Domains in the Major and Faculty Programs in Environment for courses which interest them.