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Environmental Science Minor


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"Classes are fantastic and look great on your transcript, but application of techniques is what will set you apart and get you hired."

Daphne Pariser, ’14
Psychology/Environmental Science

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Program Description

The environmental science minor at Flagler College connects students with the natural world, giving them a firm grounding in global environmental processes and ecological sustainability while focusing on the diverse Floridian ecosystems nearby. Environmental Science courses are infused with opportunities for students to work together to solve problems, research environmental issues in the laboratory and the field, engage in community issues and grow personally and professionally. 

Including an Environmental Science minor in a pre-professional major program of study enhances a student’s competitiveness for careers in the growing fields of environmental law, “green business”, global sustainability industries, education, environmental justice, environmental economics, environmental policy, and environmental risk assessment. Additionally, students who complete this minor often go on to pursue graduate degrees in environmental and ecological fields

Program Learning Outcomes

Research at the Beach
Upon completing the requirements for this concentration in Environmental Science:

Natural World

Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge of scientific principles, theories, and laws and how they apply to the natural world. Students will be able to explain the physical environment of the natural world including the cycling of matter, energy, nutrients, and building blocks of life.

Diversity of Life

Students will demonstrate a scientific understanding of the relationship between the unity and diversity of life on planet Earth.

Environmental Issues

Students must demonstrate the ability to use logic and critical thinking to apply and integrate interdisciplinary scientific concepts to their understanding of environmental challenges and solutions.

Minor Requirements (16 credits)*Picture of a student examining a fish

Please see our Course catalog for course descriptions.

Life sciences (3 – 4 credit hours)

  • NAS 111 Intro to Biology
  • Or NAS 104 Life sciences (Education majors only)

Environmental science (3 credits hours)

  • NAS 107 Environmental Science

Capstone research class (4 credits)

  • NAS 401 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • NAS 405 Biodiversity and Conservation
  • NAS 440 Coastal Field Research

*Additionally, a student must complete a minimum of six credits in Natural Science electives which will come from the list below.

Courses to Complete the Minor

NAS 151 Environmental Chemistry
NAS 203 Marine Biology
NAS 205 Physical Anthropology
NAS 211 Introduction to Biological Sciences II
NAS 214 Principles of Ecology
NAS 225 Science Communication
NAS 240, 340 Selected Topics
NAS 243 Physical Geography
NAS 245 Oceanography
NAS 310 Field Methods
NAS 352 Global Climate Change
NAS 391, 392, 491, 492 Independent Study
NAS 481, 482, 483 Science Internship

Coastal Environmental Science Major

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