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The minor in Environmental Studies requires six courses, three required courses and three environmental field courses.

Required Classes (must take all 3)

  • ES 172 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ES 211 Introduction to Earth Science (or MS 101N Geological Oceanography)
  • ES 270 Introduction to Environmental Biology (or BI 111N Ecology and Evolution or MS 102N Biological Oceanography)

Environmental Field Classes (pick one class from each field)

  • Human Ecology (ES 214 Green Design, ES 280 Environmental Education, or AN 210 Sustainable Development)
  • Environmental Policy (PO 325S Environmental Politics and Policy, PO 313 International Environmental Law, ES 216 Coastal Management, ES 315S Wildlife Policy)
  • Environmental Humanities (AM 319E Environmental Film Colloquium, CO 200E Writing the Environment, ES 351E Influential Environmental Writers, ES 345H Environmental Ethics & Justice, HI 316E Empire and the Environment, HI 353E Environmental History, HI 354E European Environmental History, LI 106E Southern Literature and the Environment, PL 243E Environmental Ethics, RE 381E Ecotheology, RE 382E Asian Religions and Environment,)

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ES 172: Introduction to Environmental Studies
Such topics as conserving biological diversity, sustaining energy, shaping cities, strengthening global environmental governance. Human roles and responsibilities, the scientific, political, economic, and ethical issues involved in the attainment of a sustainable future.

ES 211N: Introduction to Earth Science
Introduction to major topics in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy, the natural forces that shape our physical environment, in order to appreciate and preserve the planet.

ES 214: Green Design
Learn basic design principles and apply these principles to product, building, neighborhood, and energy system design with a focus on minimizing environmental impact.

ES 216: Intro to Coastal Management
An introduction to the fundamentals of coastal management principles and practices by examining marine parks, mariculture, international marine affairs and coastal environmental activism. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ES 220N: Citizen Science
Citizen Science uses trained volunteers to expand the ability of scientists to answer questions about our world. In this class you will evaluate and participate in outdoor and internet-based citizen projects such as Project Ospreywatch.

ES 270N: Introduction to Environmental Biology
Study of ways in which humans affect and are affected by the environment, with focus on biology. General ecology, population, genetics, identification, and use of natural resources, pollution, social institutions, ethics.

ES 280: Environmental Education
Introduction to environmental education theory, methods, and program examples from a variety of settings. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and ES 172.

ES 285E: Waterbird Biology and Conservation
Birds that are dependent on the water for food have unique biological challenges and adaptions. This class will be a blend of in-class lectures and discussion, field trips, and service learning.

ES 315S: Wildlife Policy
Introduces students to historical and current national and international wildlife law and policy, and develops the skills necessary for analyzing policy through case study analysis. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and ES 172.

ES 317: Global Environmental Change
An analysis of global environmental change from a scientific perspective, with an examination of how the economic and political forces interact. Focus on the science of climate change and regional impacts, ending with possible solutions, both personal and societal. Prerequisites: ES 211N or MS 101N, or MS 102N.

ES 321S: Marine Protected Species
Course explores principles and practices of management of marine protected species (whales, dolphins, fish, sea turtles, and corals) under Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Prerequisite: ES 172 Introduction to Environmental Studies.

ES 341N: GIS for Environmental Studies
Learn geographic information system (GIS) theory and applications specifically related to the study of the environment through lecture and hands-on work. Prerequisite: ES 172 or MS 101N.

ES 342: Remote Sensing
Introduction to remote sensing principles, techniques, and applications. This course uses satellite and airborne imagery to introduce methods for the assessment of plant health, characterization of soil, water resource analysis, and other environmentally motivated tasks. Prerequisite ES 172 or MS 101N.

ES 344H: Nature and Popular Culture
Students will examine ways in which nature has been understood and valued throughout the history of American popular culture. Explore how popular cultural veiws of nature resist or consent to environmental exploitation.

ES 345H: Environmental Ethics & Justice
Explore the relationship between environmental ethics and international environmental justice movements. Topics will include: ecocentric ethics and deep ecology, ecofeminism, post-colonial environmentalism, and environmental justice. Prerequisite: ES 172 and sophomore standing.

ES 351E: Influential Environmental Writers
Examine environmental values, ideologies, and relations through discussions of influential environmental writings. Major topics include: Jeffersonian agrarian vision; transcendentalism; early conservationism and preservation; ecology as activism; counter-culture voices in the wilderness/ literature of environmental justice.

ES 372N: Estuaries
Examination of the unique environments of estuaries with a focus on Tampa Bay; including aspects of estuarine biology, chemistry, and geology, impact of human activities, and estuarine management. Prerequisites: ES 172 and ES 270 or permission of instructor.

ES 460: Coastal Hazards: Science and Management
This course investigates both the science and management of natural hazards in coastal regions, with specific attention on interactions between human populations and the coastal environment before, during, and after natural hazards events.

ES 461: Coastal Ecosystem-based Management
Ecosystem-based management represents management approaches which emphasize restoring and protecting the health, function, and resilience of entire ecosystems. This course investigates key concepts and applications of ecosystem-based management. Prerequisites: ES216, junior standing.

ES 480: Advanced Policy of Protected Areas
Analysis of parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries and related approaches to conservation, policies, community involvement, and future trends. Prerequisites: ES 172, Junior standing.

ES 481: Advanced Ecotourism Policy and Practices
Analysis of costs and benefits of nature-based tourism, including relevant laws and policies, biodiversity values, community involvement, cultural impacts, and future trends. Prerequisites: ES 172, Junior standing.

ES 482: Sacred Sites: Conservation and Management
Explore the biological and cultural aspects of global areas, including sacred forests, mountains, and springs, conserved due to local beliefs and traditions, as well as their policy and management. Prerequisites: ES172 and Junior standing.

ES 493: Sustainable Cities
Sustainable Cities studies cities as human habitat. Using St. Petersburg as a model to study urbanization, this course provides students with the conceptual background to develop research projects related to urban sustainability. Prerequisites: ES 172 and Junior Standing.

ES 498: Environmental Comprehensve Exam/Internship
Review and exam on key environmental studies concepts. Orientation to and development of job preparation skills. Completion of environmental internship.

ES 499: Senior Thesis - Research

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