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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science Minor

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The environmental science minor encourages a global perspective on a wide range of contemporary challenges in resource management, and prepares students to contribute positively to a more sustainable future within the context of their major discipline or career.

Environmental Science Minors must complete a total of 18 hours in the minor area to include:

Minor Note

  • At least 18 semester hours in a subject area are required for a minor.
  • A minimum of 9 hours in the minor must be earned at Avila University
    • At least six of these hours must be numbered 300 or above. (Note: If the minor is in Biology or Chemistry, only four (4) of the 9 semester hours in the minor at Avila must be in courses numbered 300 or above.)

  • A minimum of 9 hours must be unique between a major and a minor. 
  • A grade of “C” or better must be earned for all graded courses required for the minor.


Outcome 1.

Acquire a foundation of knowledge that includes the ecological basis of resource management, as well as social, economic, historical, and political factors that influence patterns of resource use.

Outcome 2.

Articulate ethical dimensions of conservation and resource use, including an understanding of the implications of different world views when identifying and implementing strategies for sustainable development.

Outcome 3.

Develop skills and sensitivities that allow productive dialogue across competing interests and disciplinary boundaries relevant to the resolution of local, regional, and global environmental challenges.


The outcomes for the environmental science major are assessed throughout the curriculum through a combination of course written examinations, graded laboratory activities, assigned papers and essays, and in-class activities and discussions.

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