Marymount Manhattan

Department of
Natural Sciences

Minor: Environmental Studies


The Environmental Studies Program fosters an integrated understanding of environmental issues that encompasses perspectives from the curriculum’s three broad disciplines - humanities, natural science, and social science.

It is thus an interdisciplinary study of how human activities are dependent upon natural processes through interpretation of the historical, scientific, political, and economic aspects of environmental science. We offer abundant opportunities for students to supplement their academic learning with experiences outside the classroom.

Students minoring in Environmental Studies will be able to:

  • Apply and relate fundamental concepts from the social sciences and the humanities underlying environmental thought and governance.
  • Recognize and describe fundamental physical and biological principles that govern natural processes.
  • Explain and integrate perspectives from across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in the context of complex environmental problems.
  • Evaluate and communicate the complex relationships between scientific approaches to environmental issues and political, social, economic, and ethical perspectives on the environment.

Students are encouraged to consult with faculty to conduct research projects through independent studies, fellowship-funded summer research, and honors projects.

Requirements for a minor in environmental studies

Required Course:  
ENV 115 Environmental Science 3
Students must take a minimum of 15 credits from the following:     
ENV 170 General Geology 3
IS 207 World Geography 3
PHIL 306 Environmental Ethics 3
ENV 310 Applied Environmental Science 3
BIOL 330 Conservation Biology 3
PS 355 Green Political Thought 3
PSYCH 361 Environmental Psychology 3
BIOL 392 Ecology 3
Total Credits 18

Some Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies Courses may be applied to this minor; see the faculty members above to determine which courses apply.

Faces of MMC

  • Ashley Pirovano

    Class of 2013, Major in Biology

  • Emerson Khost

    Class of 2013, Major in Biology

  • Zach Barbati

    Class of 2010, Major in Biology

  • Elizabeth Perez

    Class of 2006, Major in Biology

  • Devin Columbus

    Class of 2009, Major in Biology

  • Olympia Gaglioti

    Class of 2012, Major in Biology

  • Kirtan Kaur

    Class of 2012, Major in Biology