2011-2012 Academic Catalog 
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2011-2012 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science Minor

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Undergraduate Program

The interdisciplinary environmental science major introduces students to physical, biological, geographical and policy aspects of the natural environment. Following a set of common core courses, majors choose one of three tracks: Earth System Science, Environmental and Conservation Biology, or Environmental Science and Policy. The major provides training for those who want to continue on to graduate school or establish management, fieldwork, or laboratory careers in areas as diverse as ecology; conservation biology; teaching; environmental planning, protection, or regulation; water or air monitoring; and policy development.

Advanced students are encouraged to undertake directed research or internships and may do a senior project for honors. Environmental science faculty come from a wide range of Clark’s departments. Most are from Biology, Geography, and International Development, Community and Environment, but faculty with environmental interests are also to be found in departments as diverse as Chemistry, Economics, Government, Management, Philosophy, and Physics. Many of the research faculty of Clark’s George Perkins Marsh Institute are also contributors to the ES major.

Accelerated B.A./M.A. Programs

Accelerated B.A./M.A. programs in biology, environmental science and policy, and geographic information systems (GIS) are available to eligible students. For more information visit http://www.clarku.edu/graduate/prospective/fifthyear/biology.cfm

Visiting Faculty

Verna de Lauer, Ph.D.


Program Minor

The requirements for a minor in environmental science include a total of six courses. Of these, three are required and three are selected from clusters of approved courses. These six courses introduce students to the program’s three tracks: Earth Systems Science (ESS), Environmental and Conservation Biology (ECB), and Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P).

2. In addition, students must take three additional courses, one from each of the three tracks:

One additional Earth Systems Science (ESS) course is required.

The ESS course must be selected from the categories of introductory or advanced ESS courses (not skills or Human-Environment courses) as listed on the ESS track on the course requirements page.

One additional Environmental and Conservation Biology (ECB) course from among the following three courses:


Biology courses used to fulfill the requirements for the minor in Environmental Science may not be taken with the pass option.

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