Environmental Biology minor

The Environmental Biology minor is designed specifically to introduce non-STEM students to core STEM skills that both complements the skills they will obtain through their major as well as engage their interests.

Environmental factors are major contributors to biological diversity. This minor includes a foundational unit in environmental science broadly introducing students to essential concepts in environmental chemistry, biology and physics. This is followed by a unit that delivers key knowledge on animals, plants and fungi, in marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats. These two foundational units are followed by units providing students with a broad understanding of basic organism genetics and an understanding the effects of climate change on the biodiversity of organisms.

The Minor will enhance work-readiness of STEM and non-STEM students as emerging professionals by broadening discipline-specific knowledge and skills in contexts they might otherwise not encounter. Furthermore, the structure of this multi-disciplinary Minor will prepare students to be adaptable and socially engaged citizens.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) develop a broad understanding of the main drivers of complex environmental issues from a scientific, social, cultural and economic perspective; (2) assess the diversity of ways that organisms live and adapt to a wide range of environmental conditions; (3) critically assess and appropriately communicate scientific data; (4) demonstrate an understanding of problem solving and experimental design in a scientific setting; and (5) report on strategies that could be used to manage the impacts of a broad range of environmental challenges.

Unit sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S1 ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology;
for pre-2012 courses: any Level 1 BIOL unit
or
any Level 1 EART unit
S1 GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Incompatibility:
GENE2204 Principles of Genetics, GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics