Environmental Science Co-Major

For more information, contact the  Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, 118 Shideler Hall, 513-529-5811.

This co-major emphasizes earth science and life science approaches to understanding environmental patterns and processes. Students are prepared to pursue a wide variety of career paths and post-graduate degrees in environmental science, especially those with biological and physical science specializations. The term "co-major" indicates that students must be concurrently enrolled in and must complete another major at Miami University. The co-major complements this primary major, which provides significant depth and breadth in an academic discipline. There is no specific degree designation for the co-major; students receive the degree designation of their primary major.

Program Requirements

(32-44 semester hours)

Complete a major in one of the divisions of the university.

Biological Science
Select one of the following:3-4
Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity
Environmental Biology
Plants, Humanity, and Environment
Ecology of North America
Plant Biology
Physical Science
Select one course from group A and one from B: 16-9
Group A:
Chemistry in Modern Society
and Chemistry in Modern Society Laboratory
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
Chemistry of Earth Systems
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Group B:
Earth's Physical Environment
Geographic Perspectives on the Environment
The Dynamic Earth
and Understanding the Earth
Environmental Geology
and Understanding the Earth
Geology of U.S. National Parks
and Understanding the Earth
Select one of the following:3-4
Applied Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Social Science
ECO 201Principles of Microeconomics3
Select one of the following:3
Peoples of the World
Global Forces, Local Diversity
Women, Gender, and the Environment
Energy and Policy
Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business
American Political System
Public Administration
Environmental Science
IES 275Principles of Environmental Science3
Select two related courses from the list at the bottom of this page (both of which must be outside department of primary major)5-9
IES 431Principles and Applications of Environmental Science3
Practicum/Field Experience 2
Select one of the following:3-6
BIO 333
Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica
Tropical Marine Ecology
Geoenvironmental Field Methods
Field Geology
Geology of Streams
Environmental Protocols
Honors Thesis
Independent Studies 377 or Internship 340 3
Or other appropriate field courses with permission of the CDA or IES Director
Total Credit Hours32-44

Environmental Science: Related courses

BIO 351Environmental Education: Focus on Natural History4
BIO 408Ornithology4
BIO 425Environmental Plant Physiology4
BIO 431Global Plant Diversity3
BIO 438Soil Ecology and Sustainable Use3
BIO 451Conservation Education and Community Engagement3
BIO 453Animal Physiological Ecology4
BIO 463Limnology4
BIO 467Conservation Biology3
CHM 363
CHM 364
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 454Instrumental Analysis3
CHM 491Chemistry in Societal Issues3
CPB 405Industrial Environmental Control3
CPB 441Pollution Prevention in Environmental Management3
CPB 442Air Pollution Control3
GEO 425Hydrogeography3
GEO 426Watershed Management3
GEO 431Global Plant Diversity3
GEO 441Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 442Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 444GIScience Techniques in Landscape Ecology3
GEO 448Techniques and Applications of Remote Sensing3
GLG 307Water and Society3
GLG 335Ice Age Earth3
GLG 354Geomorphology4
GLG 402Geomicrobiology3
GLG 408Introduction to Hydrogeology4
GLG 428Hydrogeological Modeling: Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport and Fate4
GLG 432X-ray Powder Diffraction and Clay Analysis3
GLG 435Soils and Paleosols3
GLG 496Isotopes in Environmental Processes3
IES 411Environmental Protocols4
IES 441Environmental Public Health3
MBI 475Microbial Ecology: Exploration of the Diverse Roles of Microorganisms in Earth's Ecology4
PHY 421Molecular and Cellular Biophysics4
PHY 437Intermediate Thermodynamics and Introduction to Statistical Physics4
PHY 441Optics and Laser Physics4
STA 333Nonparametric Statistics3
STA 363Introduction to Statistical Modeling3
STA 401Probability3
STA 462Inferential Statistics3
STA 475Data Analysis Practicum3