Environmental Science. The Environmental Science minor is an Individually Designed minor that lets you receive a broad background both in the sciences and in the application of scientific principles to environmental problems. Interdisciplinary programs are increasingly popular as we realize the benefits of multiple perspectives and methods to advance understanding and improve solutions.

The minor includes 20 hours of required courses and labs, plus 9 hours of electives.

Course Catalog

A complete list of minor requirements and courses are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.


All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. The minor requirements consist of introductory biology courses and electives.

Environmental Science minors must take:

Basic chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, evolution, bacteria, and protists. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: check course catalog.
The course emphasizes the transition from cell, to tissue, to organs in multicellular systems. Specific attention in the course will be paid to a survey of the various groups of plants, fungi, invertebrates and vertebrates. Strong emphasis will be placed on comparing the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems in humans with those of other organisms. The course is designed to expand the students understanding of the process of scientific writing. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BY 123 (minimum grade: C).
CH 115: General Chemistry I. Stoichiometry, quantum theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acids-bases, colligative properties and periodicity. Laboratory emphasizes quantitative analysis. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. 3 Hours. Prerequisites: check course catalog.
CH 116: General Chemistry I Laboratory. Emphasizes development of laboratory skills and quantitative analyses related to CH 115. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 115 General Chemistry I recommended. 1 Hour.
ES 101: Physical Geology. Study of the earth, its materials and natural resources, processes of change, natural hazards to mankind. 3 hours.
ES 102: Physical Geology Laboratory. Study of properties and uses of rocks and minerals. Study of landscapes and various types of maps. One laboratory session per week. 1 hour.
ENV 108: Human Population and the Earth's Environment. Influence of human population on Earth's environment. Specific attention will be paid to environmental issues such as population growth, climate change, water and energy resources, pollution, waste disposal, plant and animal extinctions, and food resources. Strong emphasis will be placed on determining solution to the variety of environmental problems facing the earth. 3 hours.
ENV 109: Laboratory in Environmental Science. Experiments on topics essential to study of environment and which reveal complexity of solving environmental problems. 1 Hour.

In addition, students must take 9 hours of courses from the following areas:
  • Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Environmental Science

Please note: All of the required courses may also satisfy the Core Curriculum Area III: Natural Sciences requirement; check the Core Curriculum for your particular major.

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