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Environmental Studies Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Department of Environment and Sustainability

602 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Nicholas Henshue
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Why study Environmental Studies Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Environmental Studies minor, offered through the Department of Environment and Sustainability, is designed for students who wish to supplement their current major with an additional focus in the areas of environmental policy, resources, education or sustainability.

Minor requirements include Departmental offerings as well as coursework from varied disciplines such as Biology, Geology, Geography, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and others. As a result of the importance of environmental awareness in all aspects of modern society today, this minor is uniquely relevant to many disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences and across the University.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this minor will:

  • Understand critical concepts in environmental studies: matter/energy, sustainability, ecosystem, biodiversity, natural resources
  • Understand the principles and processes of biological evolution; engage in and understand the processes and techniques of conducting environmental fieldwork
  • Understand the interaction of historical, social and political phenomena with environmental issues

The Learning Environment

The Environmental Studies minor is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests, professional aspirations and areas of focus relative to a current major.

Courses in the Environmental Studies minor are taught in both large lecture, small seminar and field course formats. Introductory courses for the minor typically enroll 40-200 students per class. Core courses and upper-level track courses enroll 25 to 100 students per class.

About Our Facilities

Environmental Studies is part of the Department of Environment and Sustainability, housed in Clemens Hall on UB’s North Campus. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

Students take courses from faculty in the Department of Environment and Sustainability as well as faculty from across the College of Arts and Sciences allowing them to also interact with faculty and students from varied disciplines and departments. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Faculty Directory at the Department of Environment and Sustainability website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The minor in Environmental Studies complements majors in many areas, such as Engineering, Management, Biology, Anthropology, Political Science, Geography, and others. Information on careers affiliated with majors may be found on the individual catalog page of each major.

Academic Advising

Admission to the minor and advisement for students are coordinated through the department office in 602 Clemens Hall. We provide advisement for students on the specific requirements of the major as well as university requirements. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please contact our office at (716) 645-6777 or email our office to make an appointment with an advisor. The Primary academic advisor for Environmental Studies is Mr. Sanford Geffner, who also oversees all internships and experiential work for the EVS Department.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:04