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Minor in Environmental Science
(17 hours*)


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  1. Complete the following environmental science core courses:
      PWS 150 : Environmental Biology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 150 : Environmental Biology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Conservation and management of natural resources concurrent with increasing socioeconomic and human population demands; factors such as soil, water, and air pollution, resources management, bioremediation, nutrient cycles, and global climate changes
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

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      PWS 375 : Environmental Policies and Laws. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 375 : Environmental Policies and Laws. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Inception, current state, and future directions of seminal environmental policies and laws established in the US to improve environmental quality. Application of policies and laws in resource conservation and management, including a National Environmental Policy Act certification program.

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  2. Complete a minimum of 11 credit hours from the following course lists:
    1. Complete at least six hours of the following supporting core courses:
        PWS 282 : Introduction to Soil Science. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PWS 282 : Introduction to Soil Science. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: PWS 283 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Physical, chemical and microbiological properties of soils that affect plant growth in natural, agricultural, and urban environments.

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        PWS 283 : Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PWS 283 : Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: PWS 282 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Laboratory techniques in determining soil physical, chemical, and fertility properties.

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        PWS 305 : Soils and Water Quality. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PWS 305 : Soils and Water Quality. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        PREREQUISITE: PWS 282 & CHEM 105; or PWS 282 & CHEM 101; PWS 100 or equivalent; Math 110 or equivalent.
        DESCRIPTION: Principles and practices of safe management of agricultural and urban wastes; amendments and nutrients including remediation methods for conservation of soils and water quality.

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        PWS 345 : Air Quality and Pollution. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PWS 345 : Air Quality and Pollution. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        DESCRIPTION: Origin, effects, ecology, and management of major atmospheric pollutants - current topics in air quality, methods for quantifying pollutants and assessing air quality, and policy and management principles governing air as a natural resource.

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        PWS 365 : Environmental Microbiology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PWS 365 : Environmental Microbiology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        RECOMMENDED: Chem 101 or 105; PDBio 120; PWS 150.
        DESCRIPTION: Environmental microbiology in aquatic and terrestrial systems. Detecting, enumerating, and identifying microorganisms. Bioremediation of organic and metal pollutants. Microbial-mediated transformations in nutrient cycling. Spread of pathogens.

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        PWS 366 : Environmental Microbiology Lab. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PWS 366 : Environmental Microbiology Lab. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        PREREQUISITE: PWS 365 or concurrent enrollment.
        RECOMMENDED: Chem 101 or 105; PDBio 120; PWS 150.
        DESCRIPTION: Laboratory and field techniques. Detecting, enumerating, and identifying microorganisms via microscopic and cultural assays. Microbial transformation and responses to pollutants. Detecting techniques evaluating coliforms and fecal coliforms, viruses, and parasites.

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        PWS 490 : Case Studies. (2:1:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
        PREREQUISITE: PWS 282
        DESCRIPTION: Contemporary agricultural and environmental problems using decision case studies dealing with environmental technology issues and analysis.

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        PWS 494R : Mentored Learning Experience. (1-6:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PWS 494R : Mentored Learning Experience. (1-6:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        DESCRIPTION: Topics vary.
        NOTE: Registration required for mentored experiences.

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        : Biotechnology Laboratory.
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        : Plant Physiology Laboratory.
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        : Environmental Science Laboratory.
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        : Soil, Plant, and Water Science Laboratory.
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        : Environmental Science Field Techniques.
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        : Plant and Soil Science Field Techniques.
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        : Plant Breeding Field Techniques.
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        : Plant Tissue Culture and Transformation Techniques.
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        : Plant Cytogenetics Laboratory.
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        : Animal Cytogenetics Laboratory.
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        : Plant Cell Biology Laboratory.
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        : Analytical Techniques in Plant Biology.
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        : Environmental Science Computation Laboratory.
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        : Molecular Genetics and Gene Mapping Laboratory.
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        : Plant and Animal Genomics Laboratory.
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        : Analytical Techniques in Soil Science.
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        : Animal Genetics and Breeding Techniques.
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        : Soil Physical Properties Laboratory.
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        : Soil and Water Chemistry Laboratory.
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        : Animal Reproductive Research Laboratory.
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        : Field Techniques in Environmental Soil Research.
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        : Soil Microbiology Laboratory.
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        : Plant ID / URME Team.
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    2. Complete up to five hours from the following:


    *Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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