The Community Nutrition minor exposes students to the strategies available to promote proper nutrition among individuals, families and communities. Students analyze the social and environmental influences and available resources that affect food consumption and nutritional status. This minor would be of interest to students planning to work on issues related to health or food systems, in communities domestically or abroad.
The Department of Animal Science offers five minor programs open to students majoring in other disciplines who wish to complement their study programs with a minor in Animal Science. Some courses have required prerequisites not included as part of the minor, and students should plan accordingly.
The minor in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology is designed for students interested in basic training and understanding of the ecology and conservation of wild terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates, emphasizing birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, but with relevance and application to all life forms.
The Nutrition Science minor provides science students with basic understanding of biochemical reactions involved in human metabolism, human organ systems and an overview of nutrient functions, nutrient requirements and metabolic regulation of nutritional pathways. This minor would be of interest to students studying the cellular or biological sciences, human development or students across disciplines who plan to enter a health profession or the public health field.
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics offers a minor in Managerial Economics to students majoring in other academic disciplines. The Managerial Economics major goes beyond the limits of traditional economics and business majors, blending a thorough grounding in economic theory with business knowledge and applications.
There is a need for trained individuals who can translate and apply agricultural technology to the problems of food production, nutrition, marketing, and health in less technically advanced countries. The minor prepares students to address this challenge to improve their food productions, distribution, and nutrition programs in less developed nations.
The Hydrology Section of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources offers the minor in Hydrology for environmental or natural science students who have an interest in water/environmental issues. The interested student should have completed preparatory course work in calculus (MAT 016B), chemistry (CHE 002A; CHE 002B recommended), physics (PHY 007A), and biology (BIS 002A). Course work in the minor provides fundamental skills and knowledge of the hydrologic sciences. The program is sufficiently flexible for students to pursue particular water issues or problems of interest to them.
The Human Development minor is useful for students planning a career in the human services (such as teaching, social work or occupational therapy) and majoring in other disciplines. The minor allows students to focus on a limited part of the life span (infancy through adolescence or infancy and adulthood), to select the cultural context of interest (the family or cross-cultural emphasis) and to select courses that would provide information specific to their career goals (a consideration of cognitive development or of varieties of developmental disabilities, for example).
A minor in Global Disease Biology may complement student's major program. Some courses have required prerequisites not included as part of the minor, and students should plan accordingly.
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.