Minor in Environmental Studies

The purpose of the environmental studies minor is to provide students with an understanding of the multidimensional nature of environmental problems. This academic minor will present students, who may major in any academic subject, with the opportunity to gain knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the scientific, social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of the human environment interaction. We will pay attention to the human–environment interactions that particularly impact African-American communities.

The scale of human environment interactions ranges from the local community to the national and international scale. For this reason, the environmental studies minor includes community service activities involving students and faculty and significant international issues. The ultimate purpose of this curriculum is to foster understanding of the causes of current environmental problems (including our personal roles in causing these problems) and to empower students to change their own behavior and take leadership roles in addressing environmental issues.

Environmental Studies Minor Requirement - 15 hours

Every student in the environmental studies minor is required to take HBIO 497 Environmental Studies, typically in the senior year. The remaining 12 hours will be elective courses and at least six credit hours must be 300- or 400-level courses. The environmental studies minor is intended to foster interdisciplinary study, so no more than six credits of elective coursework may be taken in any one academic division. Elective hours for off campus programs in environmental studies at biological field stations or study abroad programs may be arranged with permission of the program coordinator.

Suggested Course Sequence

Generally, the required course, HBIO 497 Environmental Studies, will be taken in the senior year and elective courses approved for the environmental studies minor will be taken where they fit into the individual student’s schedule. Each student will develop an individualized course sequence for the environmental studies minor in consultation with the program director.

  • HBIO 497 Environmental Studies

Elective Courses


  • HBIO 320 Ecology
  • HBIO 320L Ecology Laboratory
  • HBIO 497L Environmental Studies Laboratory


  • HCHE 435 Introduction to Space Science
  • HCHE 437 Instrumental Methods in Atmospheric Chemistry

Environmental Science (at Spelman College)

  • SSES 384 Industrial Ecology
  • SSES 451 Environmental Chemistry

Physics (at Clark Atlanta University)

  • CPHY 104 Introduction to Earth System Science
  • CPHY 104L Introduction to Earth System Science


  • CPHY 105 Orientation to Earth System Science
  • CPHY 353 Weather Analysis and Prediction
  • CPHY 353L Weather Analysis and Prediction Laboratory
  • CPHY 370 Earth System Modeling
  • CPHY 370L Earth System Modeling Laboratory
  • CPHY 460 Atmospheric Chemistry
  • CPHY 460L Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory
  • CPHY 620 Introduction to Atmospheric Science


  • HECO 306 Environmental Economics
  • HECO 404 Urban Economics

Political Science

  • HPSC 488 International Political Economy

Public Administration (at Clark Atlanta University)

  • CPAD 507 Formulation of Public Policy Sociology
  • CSOC 305 Urban and Community Sociology
  • CSOC 356 Demography, Ecology, and the Environment

Sociology (at Clark Atlanta University)

  • CSOC 521 Population and Society
  • CSOC 581 Environment and Society

Urban Studies Program

  • HUST 261 Introduction to Urban Studies I
  • HUST 262 Introduction to Urban Studies II
  • HUST 420 Transportation Planning and Policy


  • HPHI 302 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics