University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Minor in Environmental Science

Employment projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate an overall 4.9% increase in geoscience jobs between 2019 and 2029, from 460,242 jobs in 2019 to 482,726 jobs in 2029. For comparison, the projected growth of the U.S. workforce over the same timeframe is expected to be 3.7%. Growth rates for individual geoscience occupations range between 0% and 8.4% for all but geoscience engineering managers (-1%).

Marketable Skills

Students will develop:

  • Communication: Reach mutual understanding through effective exchange of information, ideas, and feelings
  • Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions
  • Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues
  • Research: Be able to search, investigate and critically analyze information in response to a specific research question
  • Teamwork: Participate as an effective, efficient member of a group in order to meet a common goal
  • Writing: Communicate using text in a clear and concise manner

Additionally, students will learn about 3-D spatial thinking, the ability to interpret geological maps, mapping skills, sample collection, and organization skills. 

Degree Plan

Required Courses:
ESCI 1101Environmental Sci. Lab1
ESCI 1301Intro to Environmental Sci3
ESCI 1310Field Methods in Env Science3
ESCI 4301Senior Project3
ESCI 3201Environmental Policy & Law2
STAT 2480Elementary Statistical Methods4
Select six hours from upper-division classes in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geophysics, Math, Physics, or any environmental ethics, health, or policy course.6
Total Hours22