Overview

Students planning Minoring in Environmental Science should major in either Biology or Chemistry and develop a course selection carefully designed to assist in meeting career goals. Because Environmental Science is an applied field, students are strongly encouraged to include in their programs an internship or practicum at one of the institutions with which Maryville College maintains a research arrangement.

Students are also encouraged to examine the very differently focused Major in Environmental Studies, a major based in the social sciences and serving a variety of careers related to environmental policy and management.

All students pursuing this minor are also strongly encouraged to seek a relevant summer internship (significant practical experience their sophomore or junior summer) as well as conduct a Senior Study involving some aspect of ecology, biology, wildlife, fisheries, environmental science or earth sciences (geology, hydrology, soil science).

Course Offerings

The Minor in Environmental Science consists of 25 credit hours. Required courses include:

ENV101: Introduction to Environmental Issues (3 hrs)
BIO 113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hrs)
CHM 111 or CHM 121: General Chemistry (4hrs)
BIO 222: Ecology and Evolution (4hrs) (Prerequisite BIO 113)
BIO 311: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians (4 hrs) (Prerequisite: SCI 150 or other science lab course)
BIO 349: Geographic Information Systems (3 hrs) (Prerequisite: Junior Standing)

PLUS one course from the following list (students should carefully select this course to be applicable to their employment or graduate school interests):

BIO 305: Plant Diversity (4 hrs)
(Prerequisites: BIO 113, BIO 115, sophomore standing; Pre or co-requisite: CHM 111 or CHM 121)

BIO 403: Vertebrate Field Zoology (Prerequisites: BIO 113, BIO 222, and junior standing)

BIO 343: Practicum (3 hrs minimum)

CHM 264: Analytic Chemistry (4 hrs) (Prerequisite: CHM 122)

ENV 345: Environmental Politics (3 hrs) (Prerequisite: Junior Standing)

ENV 349: Special Topics in Environmental Studies (3 hrs) (Prerequisite: six hours in Environmental Studies)

 

Students pursuing this minor are also encouraged to seek further electives to enhance their knowledge and skill set. Possible courses include but are not limited to:

BIO 200: Wildlife Photography

BIO 305: Plant Diversity (4 hrs) (Prerequisites: BIO 113, BIO 115, sophomore standing; Pre or co-requisite: CHM 111 or CHM 121)

BIO 307: Flowering Plants (4 hrs) (Prerequisites: BIO 113, BIO 115, sophomore standing; Pre or co-requisite: CHM 111 or CHM 121)

BIO 321: Comparative vertebrate Zoology (4 hrs) (Prerequisites: BIO 113, BIO 115, and junior standing)

BIO 341: Comparative invertebrate Zoology (4 hrs) (Prerequisites: BIO 113, BIO 115, and junior standing)

BIO 343: Practicum (3 hrs minimum)

BIO 403: Vertebrate Field Zoology (4 hrs) (Prerequisites: BIO 113, BIO 222, and junior standing)

CHM 264: Analytic Chemistry (4 hrs) (Prerequisite: CHM 122)

ENV 345: Environmental Politics (3 hrs) (Prerequisite: Junior Standing)

ECN 346: Environmental Economics (3 hrs) (Prerequisite: ECN 201)

ENV 349: Special Topics in Environmental Studies (3 hrs) (Prerequisite: six hours in Environmental Studies)

PHR 335: Outdoor Recreational Leadership (3 hrs) (Prerequisite PHR 102 and 2 outdoor activity classes)

Core Curriculum

The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. List of Core Courses:

Core Domain
Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
First Year Seminar FYS110
Composition & Speech ENG110 & ENG120
Quantitative Literacy MTH110
Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought BIB130 or BIB140
Literary Studies LIT270 or LIT290
Historical Reasoning WCV180 or WCV190
Empirical Study of Person and Society PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201
Culture and Intercultural Dynamics WRC370
Scientific Reasoning
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science and 1 physical science. One of the 2 must include a lab]
SCI150, SCI350, BIO113, BIO115, BIO217, CHM111, CHM121, PHY101, PHY201
Mathematical Reasoning STA120, CSC111, MTH125
Second Language Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)
Creative Arts FNA140, ART102, ART121, THT101, THT204,
3 HRS in any one of:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, ART124, ART125, ART126
Ethical Citizenship in the World ETH490
U.S. Pluralism Designated Courses TBD