Students pursuing the Environmental Science Minor will identify and study the interactions between organic and inorganic elements in a wide variety of ecosystems. This insight will provide students with a broad overview of the workings of the natural world and develop an increased awareness of major environmental issues effecting modern society.

The minor complements majors in natural science but is also suitable for non-science majors. This minor is not intended to be taken in conjunction with majors that focus on environmental science, including the Geology, BS (concentration in Environmental Geoscience) or the Environmental Science, BS.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: EVSC

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 19-23

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

EVPP or BIOL Sequence

Select one of the following sequences:8-12
Ecosphere - Introduction to Environmental Science I-Lecture (Mason Core)
and Ecosphere- Introduction to Environmental Science I- Lab (Mason Core)
and Ecosphere: Introduction to Environmental Science II-Lecture (Mason Core)
and Ecosphere: Introduction to Environmental Science II–Lab (Mason Core)
Introductory Biology I-Survey of Biodiversity and Ecology (Mason Core)
and Introductory Biology II-Survey of Cell and Molecular Biology (Mason Core)
and Introductory Biology II Laboratory (Mason Core)
and Physical Geology (Mason Core)
and Physical Geology Lab (Mason Core)
Total Credits8-12

Applied Ecology Course

EVPP 377Applied Ecology3
or BIOL 377 Applied Ecology
Total Credits3


Select a minimum of 8 credits of EVPP electives, of which 4 credits must be upper level courses8
Total Credits8