Environment and Society Minor

Environment and Society is an interdisciplinary minor that provides students with analytical and communication skills, as well as the scientific foundation needed to succeed in environmental planning, environmental policy, sustainable development, environmental education, and other fields. Topics explored include climate change, sustainability, resource rights, law and regulation, environmental ethics, and the role of environmental issues in domestic and international conflicts.

Students are encouraged to participate in collaborative environmental research and service projects with government agencies, non-profit organizations, local businesses and other environmental actors such as state and national park systems.

The Environment and Society minor collaborates with the Climate Change Initiative to advance UMasss Lowell’s Climate Action Plan, and to serve the region, the state, and beyond.

The minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits of coursework. At least two courses need to be at the 3000 level or above.

Required Course (3 cr.)

  • POLI.1750 Introduction to Environmental Politics

Electives (15 cr.)

In addition to required course POLI.1750, students are urged to take additional environmental science courses.

Recommended Science Electives

  • ATMO.1410 Weather and Climate
  • BIOL.3150 Principles of Ecology
  • BIOL.3170 Principles of Ecology Laboratory
  • BIOL.4160 Climate Change: Science, Communication, and Solutions
  • FAHS.4970 Directed Study in Environmental and Society

Other Electives

Remaining courses are selected from the following list:

For more information contact Charlotte Ryan, program coordinator.