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Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Toxicology explores the effects of toxicants (both human made and naturally occurring) on the normal biochemical, cellular and physiological functioning of biological systems. The minor will complement your course of study by enhancing your appreciation of the complexity and resiliency of biological systems when challenged by chemical agents and the fate and impact of chemicals in the environment. The science underlying a variety of current environmental issues is presented.

Community Development

The minor in Community Development is designed to introduce students to community development theory, to analytic and research skills pertinent to the field, and to the role of organizations and critical issues in community development.

Atmospheric Science

The minor in Atmospheric Science provides a broad treatment of weather and climate, with the option to focus on such topics as climate change, meteorological instrumentation, and satellite remote sensing. Students undertaking the minor should have completed minimum preparatory course work in calculus and physics (MAT 016A-016B, PHY 005A or 007A). Some upper division courses in Atmospheric Science have the MAT 021 and 022 series and the PHY 009 series as prerequisites.


Students in other disciplines may elect to complete a minor in Geology by choosing a geological subject emphasis. The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department sponsors a number of minor programs, including minors in General Geology, Engineering Geology, Geochemistry, Paleobiology


Interested in a degree in Chemistry, but don’t have the room in your study plan to complete a double-major? Have you considered pursuing the minor instead? It’s relatively easy, especially if you have already taken many of the lower-division preparatory courses such as general chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

Accountancy (MPAc)

In this 9-month Master of Professional Accountancy program, you gain advanced knowledge of the responsibilities and ethics in accounting, and an understanding of the accountancy standards that apply to U.S., international and publicly traded firms as necessary for CPA licensure. The program starts with a Meet the Firms event, a valuable opportunity to network with representatives from diverse accounting firms and companies to gain insight into the best match for your professional goals.

Climate Science and Policy

We offer the Climate Science & Policy minor to provide students from across campus with a basic background in climate change science as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies. Students will gain understanding of scientific, social, institutional and economic dimensions of climate change, as well as background on the sustainability discourse, and will be able to articulate linkages between climate change and their primary field of study.

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers are responsible for designing processes and infrastructure to ensure society has access to safe water, clean air and healthy ecosystems. They apply knowledge from physics, chemistry, biology and the social sciences to problems in a variety of areas including water and wastewater treatment and ecosystem remediation, analysis of chemical fate and transport in the natural environment, and modeling of hydrologic and atmospheric flows.

Watershed Science

The Hydrology Program of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources offers the minor in Watershed Science. This minor is intended for environmental, natural or social science students who have an interest in the interfaces between hydrology, ecology, policy and management. Coursework in the minor provides fundamental skills and knowledge on science and management of watersheds in the context of current water resources and ecological problems.