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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

Designed for students with an interest in environmental issues the Environmental Studies minor provides an introduction to the field. The minor examines how human society intersects with the natural environment. Encompassing course work from biology, geography and courses on specialized topics such as energy and society, field ecology and law and the environment, the minor complements many majors 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 and which relates to students’ majors.

Courses in the Environmental Studies minor are taught in both large lecture, small seminar and field course formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the minor typically enroll 40-200 students per class. Core courses and upper-level track courses enroll 35 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 from departments such as geography, geology, biology, and sociology. 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 and geography. 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 call our office at (716) 645-6777 or email our office to make an appointment with an advisor. The Primary academic advising contact person for Environmental Studies is Mr. Sanford Geffner, who also oversees all internships and experiential work for the EVS Department.

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are no scholarships or financial support related to this minor. Students may check with their major departments to see if any support may be available through them.

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Published: Oct 13, 2020 13:05:43