Environmental Studies Minor
“How will you walk this earth?” asked Wayne Gilchrest, former United States Congressman. His question, posed to a group of Salisbury University’s environmental studies (ENVR) students in a summer kayaking class, is central to our program. Whether you want to become a professional environmental advocate or enrich your own understanding of the world around you, we encourage you to live deliberately.
Why Choose Environmental Studies at SU?
For the outdoor adventurer who loves marshes, rivers, forests and barrier islands, there’s no better situated university on the East Coast than SU. With the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean next door, students can:
- Explore some of the mid-Atlantic’s most intact river systems, the Nanticoke and the Pocomoke
- Study coastal barrier islands such as Cedar and Assateague
- Visit major wildlife refuges at Blackwater and Chincoteague
- Observe working watermen’s communities on Smith and Tangier islands
- Investigate close to 100,000 acres of wetlands
Frequent opportunities for research, stewardship and community engagement provide our students with a substantial foundation for further graduate study or meaningful careers. Our students have built bird, bat and bee nest boxes with area high school students, worked with the Salisbury City Council to enhance urban tree canopy and testified to the Maryland Assembly regarding energy policy.
The environmental studies minor consists of 18 credits, with course choices within 15 different fields (see the checklist for details). At least 15 hours of the work applied toward the minor must consist of courses which are not used to satisfy General Education requirements and at least nine of these hours must be credits earned at SU. Grades of C or better are required in all courses applicable to the minor. Many of the courses approved for use within the minor have prerequisites. Special topics courses which are applicable to the minor may sometimes be offered through a variety of disciplines.
For a more in-depth study, SU also offers an environmental studies major.