2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Ecological Cities (ECOC) Minor

Required Foundational Courses
LAR 1254Environment and Natural Systems (Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences ; Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking)3
HORT/FREC 2134Plants and Greenspaces in Urban Communities (Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences)3
Subtotal6
Depth Courses
Select one course from each of the following groups:9
Ecology and Related Sciences
Small Watershed Hydrology
Fundamentals of Environmental Science
Forest Ecosystems (Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences)
Ecology of Appalachian Forests (Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences)
Principles of Watershed Hydrology
Trees in the Built Environment
Study Abroad (with approval; variable)
Forest Soil and Watershed Management (Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking)
Herbaceous Plants for Ecological Landscapes
Humanities and Social Sciences
Literature and the Environment (Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse)
Sustainable Urbanization (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences)
The U.S. City
American Environmental History (Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities ; Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences)
Global Environmental Issues: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Active Transportation for a Healthy, Sustainable Planet (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences)
Urban Policy and Planning
Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning
Design and Practice
Sustainable Building Performance Management
Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Control
Comprehensive Design Project
Municipal Engineering
Sustainable Land Development
Urban and Community Forestry
Plant Establishment and Environmental Design
Evolution of the American Landscape (Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse ; Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities)
Landscape Design and Planning Studio
Environmental and Sustainability Issues in Housing (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences ; Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States)
Green Building Systems
Interdisciplinary Environmental Problem Solving Studio (Restricted to majors within SPIA)
Community Renewable Energy Systems
Subtotal9
Required Capstone Course
FREC 4554Creating the Ecological City (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences ; Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts) 1 3
Subtotal3
Total Credits18
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or BSE 4554 Creating the Ecological City or HORT 4554 Creating the Ecological City or LAR 4554 Creating the Ecological City or SPIA 4554 Creating the Ecological City

Notes for Ecological Cities Pathways Minor

  1. Any course substitutions requests of the courses above must be proposed in writing to the College of Natural Resources and Environment Advising Center in 138 Cheatham Hall.
  2. Some courses in the minor requirements listed above have prerequisites, so be sure to consult the University Catalog or timetable for more information.
  3. A minimum grade of C- or better is required in each course applied to the minor.

Steps for completing the Ecological Cities Minor

  1. Make an advising appointment with the EC Minor Coordinator for orientation to the minor.
  2. Declare the Ecological Cities minor at the CNRE Advising Center in 138 Cheatham Hall.
  3. Include minor information when updating the application for degree in Hokie Spa.
  4. Students cannot graduate until they have either:
    1. satisfied the requirements for the minor or
    2. withdrawn from the minor by notifying CNRE Advising Center office in 138 Cheatham and revising their DARS.