Minor in Environmental Sciences

(17-19 credit hours)

  • Students at CU Denver must follow the graduation guidelines specified in the catalog from the year in which they were admitted.  The following link contains an archive of the course catalogs from previous years: www.ucdenver.edu/registrar/catalogs/archived

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Two lecture/laboratory courses from the following list (eight to ten credit hours; see note 2):
  • BIOL 1020/2021, General Biology I / General Biology Lab I
  • BIOL 2010/2011, General Biology II / General Biology Lab II
  • CHEM 2031/2038, General Chemistry I / General Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM 2061/2068, General Chemistry II / General Chemistry Lab II
  • ENVS 1044/1045, Introduction to Environmental Science + Lab
  • GEOL 1072, Physical Geology + Lab
  • GEOL 1082, Physical Geology + Lab
  • PHYS 2010/2030, College Physics I / College Physics Lab I
  • PHYS 2020/2040, College Physics II / Colllege Physics Lab II

Three upper division courses outside of the student's major discipline from the following list (nine credit hours; see notes):  

ENVS 3082

Energy and the Environment



PHYS 3082

Energy and the Environment


GEOG 3232

Weather and Climate

GEOG 3240

Colorado Climates

GEOG 4020

Earth Environments and Human Impacts

GEOG 4060

Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing

GEOG 4090

Environmental Modeling with Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 4230

Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment

GEOG 4240

Applied Geomorphology

GEOG 4265

Sustainability in Resources Management

GEOG 4270

Glacial Geomorphology

GEOG 4280

Environmental Hydrology

GEOG 4335

Contemporary Environmental Issues

GEOG 4350

Environment and Society in the American Past

GEOG 4420

The Politics of Nature

GEOG 4440 Science, Policy, and the Environment

GEOG 4720

Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions

GEOG 4731

Mountain Biogeography

GEOL 4030

Environmental Geology

BIOL 3411

Principles of Ecology

CHEM 4700

Environmental Chemistry (See NOTES)

ECON 4540

Environmental Economics

PSCI 4354

Environmental Politics

Notes for Environmental Science Minor: 
  • ​In addition, admission to the MS in ES program requires one semester of physics (with lab) and one semester of calculus.
  • Students must take a minimum of 9 hours of the upper-division courses at the Downtown Campus
  • If the student plans to go on to the CU Denver MS in Environmental Sciences program, they should choose courses other than CHEM 4700. This is a core course in the MS in Environmental Sciences program.
  • Many of the upper-division courses have prerequisites; the student must check the catalog for prerequisite requirements for these courses.
  • The three upper-division elective courses for the Environmental Sciences minor cannot be from the student's major discipline, even if the particular course is not counted toward the major.
  • All work must be submitted for an Environmental Sciences minor must have a grade of C (2.0) or above.