Environmental Science Co-Major

This co-major emphasizes earth science and life science approaches to understanding environmental patterns and processes. Students are prepared to pursue a wide variety of career paths and post-graduate degrees in environmental science, especially those with biological and physical science specializations. The term "co-major" is unique and indicates that students must be concurrently enrolled in and must complete another major at Miami University. The co-major complements this primary major, which provides significant depth and breadth in an academic discipline. There is no specific degree designation for the co-major; students receive the degree designation of their primary major.

Program Requirements:

(33-39 semester hours)

Complete a major in one of the divisions of the university.

Biological Science - one of these:

BOT/MBI/ZOO 115 Biological Concepts (4)

BOT 191 Plant Biology (4)

ZOO 113 Animal Diversity (4) (offered at Hamilton/Middletown only)

Physical Science (8 semester hours; one course from group A and one from B):

Group A

CHM 111 Chemistry in Modern Society (4)

CHM 142, 145 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (3, 2)

CPE 244 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3)

GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (GLG majors only) (4)

Group B

GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3)

GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3)

GLG 131 Geology and Gemstones (3)

GLG 141 Geology of U.S. National Parks (3)

GLG 115L Geology Lab (required with any GLG enrollment) (1)

GEO 121 Earth's Physical Environments (4)

Note: PHY 171/172 or 181/182 strongly recommended.

Statistics (3-4 semester hours)

Choose ONE of the following:

STA 261 Statistics (4)

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)

STA 368 Introduction to Statistics (4)

STA 462 Inferential Statistics (3)

Social Science (6-7 semester hours):

This course:

ECO 201 Microeconomics (3), and

Choose ONE of the following:

ATH 175 Peoples of the World (3)

GEO 101 Global Forces and Local Diversity (3)

POL 241 American Political System (4)

POL 261 Public Administration (4)

Environmental Science (9-11 semester hours):

This course:

IES 275 Principles of Environmental Science (3), and

Choose TWO of the following (both of which must be outside department of primary major):

BOT 401, 425, 431, 432, 467

CHM 363/364, 454, 463, 491

CPE 405, 441, 442

GEO 421, 425, 428, 441, 444

GLG 307, 335, 354, 401, 402, 408, 428, 430, 432, 435, 474, 482, 496

MBI 475

PHY 421, 437, 441

STA 333, 363, 401, 462, 475

ZOO 333, 408, 453, 462, 463, 467

Practicum and Synthesis (3-5 semester hours)

Choose ONE of the following:

BOT/ZOO 351 Environmental Education (4)

GEO 436 Women, Gender and the Environment (3)

Field-Based Workshops (See department for available workshops)

Honors Thesis (3)

IES 431 Principles and Applications of Environmental Science (3) *

Independent Study 377 (3) or Internship 340 (3)*

* must be approved by IES Director or Co-Major adviser

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