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Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Environmental Science at ESF

While many people often associate the environment with wild lands and linked rural areas, many of the most important environmental and quality-of-life issues of the coming decades will be related to the urban environment. ESF, under its Urban Initiative, offers a campuswide minor in urban environmental science.

All students, but perhaps especially those with an intimate knowledge of the challenges facing city inhabitants, will find this program stimulating and provocative and will find professors interested in working with them to learn about and develop improved urban environments. The faculty at ESF have long pursued research and teaching opportunities that center on issues that affect the quality of life for urban residents.

Students with an interest in the urban environment will find a wealth of opportunities and courses at ESF to prepare them for rewarding careers in understanding, developing and managing urban environments. Graduates of the program can make important professional contributions on issues ranging from urban forestry and urban wildlife, to urban air and water quality, population growth and urban sprawl, and environmental justice and equity. Successful completion of the minor will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Program Requirements

Coordinator: Dr. Margaret Bryant

Twelve credit hours (4 courses) of urban concentration courses are required to satisfy the minor: 6 credits of required courses and 6 credits of electives outside the student's major. Entry into the minor requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 in residence at ESF.

Core Course Requirements

To satisfy the Minor in Urban Environmental Science, the student must take the following core courses:

Course # Course Title Credits Expected time of completion (Semester/Year)
EST/EFB 220 Urban Ecology 3 credits (offered Autumn)

and three credits of a "Capstone" project accomplished from among the following:

Course # Course Title Credits
xxx 496 Approved ‘experimental’ course 3 credits
xxx 498 Approved Independent Research Project 3 credits
xxx 499 Approved Internship 3 credits
Established Course Approved Course 3 credits

A student enrolled in the minor, will present to the advisory committee in the sixth week of the semester prior to engagement in the learning endeavor, a plan for a “capstone” experience, which will be undertaken working in conjunction with a faculty member(s) who will oversee an off-campus internship (courses numbered 499), independent-study project (courses numbered 498), or completion of a final project undertaken in a special topic (courses numbered 496) or established 3-credit course. All students will present their completed projects to the advisory committee and their peers in the last week of classes, depending on the semester of completion (fall or spring). All students currently enrolled in the minor are expected to attend capstone presentations.

Elective Course Requirements

Outside the student’s Major, 6 additional credits selected from the list of approved courses, which are offered in a faculty other than that of the student’s major, and which are above and beyond those courses being used to satisfy a student’s major, general education or professional requirements.