The interdisciplinary environmental studies minor is administered by New College and the Department of Geography.

Department of Geography, 202 Farrah Hall

New College
201 Lloyd Hall

The objective of the interdisciplinary environmental studies minor is to provide undergraduates with interdisciplinary training in environmental studies. Drawing on the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, this minor acquaints students with current environmental problems and the tools of analysis to identify causes and solutions. Contact Dr. Mike Steinberg,, for information.

Admission into the Minor

Students are expected to formally declare a minor by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama. This minor is restricted to residential students; New College LifeTrack does not offer minors. 

The minor in interdisciplinary environmental studies requires the successful completion of a minimum of 17 semester hours including the following:

More InformationHours
Minor Courses
Select one of the following:4
Perspec. on Env. Literature
Environmental Studies
Interdisciplinary Sciences
Total Hours17-18


Students must earn 10–11 hours chosen from (but not limited to) the following courses :

BSC 385Ecology and Evolution3
BSC 482Conservation Biology3
EC 480Econ of Environment3
GEO 105Sustainable Earth4
GEO 363Geomorphology3
GEO 401Paleoclimatology3
GY 202The Water Planet4
GY 302Climatology3
GY 317Natural Hazards3
GY 339Natural Resource Envirmn Plang3
GY 363Geomorphology3
GY 404Physical Geography Seast Us3
GY 409Forest History and Restoration4
GY 410National Parks3
GY 413Applied Climatology3
GY 420Remote Sensing I4
GY 430Intro Geographic Info Systems1,3
GY 439GIS Programming4
GY 453Environment & Society3
GY 472Soil Science4
GY 485River Hydrology3
GY 486Watershed Dynamics3
GY 489Forest Ecology Veg Analy4
GY 491Fluvial Geomorphology3
GY 492Eastern Forest Communities4
GY 494Forest Measurement & Methods4
GY 495Coastal Geomorphology3
GY 585River Hydrology3
NEW 226Organic Farming4
NEW 310Independent Study1-15
NEW 365Environmental Policy3
NEW 400Sporting Conservation3
NEW 401Birds and Birding4
NEW 407407 W: Landscapes of the South3
NEW 416American Environmental Thought3
NEW 441Climate Change Seminar4
NEW 442Environmental Ethics3
NEW 446Gender and Environment3
NEW 450Belize6
NEW 490Special Topics (Arts & Science of Fly Fishing)4

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of six hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Additional Minor Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.