Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Environmental Science, Minor

Environmental science is the integration of scientific knowledge from many disciplines in order to understand the interrelationships between human activities and the environment. Environmental science minors are exposed to the general principles of biology, chemistry, geology, geography, meteorology, and physics. Students learn how the interactions of all of these processes contribute to the operation of our earth system. This knowledge can prepare students for careers in water and air quality management, nature conservation, or planning for climate change.

To access Minor Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.

Related Links

Environmental Science, Minor Program Page

Geography, Geology, and the Environment Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Minor GPA: 2.0 or higher

Minor Requirements

  • Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their minor from SRU
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (courses numbered 300 and above)
  • A minor shall be no fewer than 18 credits.
Core Courses
EGEO 201Earth Materials and Processes/Lab4
EGEO 202Earth History/Lab4
EGEO 360Introduction to Hydrology/Lab3
GES 355Earth's Changing Climate3
Select six to eight credits from the list below 6-8
Total Hours20-22


BIOL 305Wetlands and Aquatic Plants/Lab3
BIOL 306Freshwater Biomonitoring/Lab3
BIOL 357Environmental Microbiology with Lab4
BIOL 401Ecology with Lab3
CHEM 340Air Quality Assessment4
CHEM 370Water Quality Assessment4
EGEO 327Structural Geology4
EGEO 340Air Pollution Meteorology3
EGEO 341Geomorphology/Lab3
EGEO 362Stratigraphy/Lab4
EGEO 451Geochemistry/Lab4
EGEO 460Hydrogeology3
GES 315Cartography I3
GES 321Introduction to UAS for Remote Sensing and Monitoring3
GES 324Environmental Law and Policy3
GES 325Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
GES 344Environmental Justice3
GES 362Applications in Sustainability3
GES 410Remote Sensing3
GES 469Field Investigations in the Geosciences3
or EGEO 469 Field Investigations in the Geosciences

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 03.12.2021
UCC 04.21.20