Overview of the seven minors/concentrations in the Environmental Science major.
If you enroll in the Environmental Science B.S. degree program, you must also choose one of the seven minors/concentrations, each associated with a particular UCLA department. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.
Students will normally choose their Minor/Concentration by the end of their second year. Students choosing one of the seven minors must, with assistance from Institute of the Environment and Sustainability staff, apply to the associated department to be accepted into the Minor program.
A maximum of one or two courses from this requirement, depending upon the minor/concentration chosen, may be applied towards the Environmental Science Major or any other College Major or Minor.
For consideration of courses outside the regular curriculum, please contact the department of your Minor.
Note: The two additional math and/or science preparation courses for each Minor are specified below (see also Preparation for Major section).
The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences minor provides a formal vehicle for students specializing in other science fields to pursue interest in the atmospheric and oceanic environment.
Entry Requirements: To enter the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Students will declare the minor officially with the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at 7127 Math Science Building. Courses must be taken for a letter grade, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better in courses taken for the minor.
The Conservation Biology minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major program of study with courses addressing issues central to the conservation and sustainability of biodiversity and natural ecosystem processes. The minor seeks to provide students with a greater depth of experience and understanding of the role that science can play in developing conservation policy.
Entry Requirements:To enter the Conservation Biology minor, students must (1) be in good academic standing (2.0 grade-point average or better), (2) have completed Life Sciences 1, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 100, and 116 (or Environment 121) with minimum grades of C or better, and (3) file a petition in the Undergraduate Advising Office, 2325 Life Sciences. All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each.
Research in environmental engineering focuses on the understanding and management of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the environment and in engineering systems.
Entry Requirements: To enter the Environmental Engineering minor, students must be in good academic standing (2.0 grade-point average or better), and have earned a C or better in Math 32A or 3C. Students will then file a petition in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, 6426 Boelter Hall. Petitions to enter the minor are accepted in weeks 6 and 7 of each academic quarter only. All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each.
Research in Environmental Health Sciences focus on the effects of biological, chemical and physical hazards in the environment on human and ecosystem health, and the means of managing these hazards.
Entry requirements: To enter the Environmental Health concentration, students must have earned a B or better in Chemistry 14A, 14B, 14BL, 14C (or 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A) and have an overall 3.0+ GPA in prep requirements for the Environmental Science major. Students declare the concentration at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability SAO Office, Life Science 2308.
The Environmental Systems and Society minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major program of study with courses addressing the relationships between environmental science and associated social and political issues. The minor seeks to impart a deeper understanding of environmental systems related to air, land, water and biological resources. A main goal of the program is to provide students with a foundation for sound decision making as a professional and a citizen.
Entry requirements: To enter the Environmental Systems and Society minor, students must be in good academic standing (2.0 grade-point average) and file a petition at the Institute of the Environment SAO Office, Life Science 2308. All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
Note: The courses listed here are a subset of those officially listed for the Minor, Environmental Science majors must follow these specific course requirements:
The Geography/Environmental Studies minor is intended for students interested in environmental issues and emphasizes a systems approach to gaining a causal understanding of major environmental problems facing our society and the world at large. The uniqueness of the minor lies in its geographical perspective on the impact, at various geographical scales, of human activity on natural systems and on the implications of global environmental change on local, regional, and global human systems.
Entry requirements: To enter the Geography/Environmental Studies minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and file a petition in the Geography Department Advising Office, 1255 Bunche Hall, (310) 825-1166. Courses should be selected in consultation with the departmental adviser. At least three of the five upper division courses must be taken in residence at UCLA. All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade.
In the Earth and Environmental Science minor students study the interaction of the solid Earth, oceans, and atmosphere with human activities. The minor provides background in Earth sciences that is especially appropriate for students intending to become K through 12 teachers in Earth, physical, or life sciences. It may also be of interest to students who plan careers in business, dentistry, environmental sciences, government, journalism, law, medicine, or public health.
Entry requirements: To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. A minimum of 20 upper division units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major or minor requirements in another department or program. Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
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