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Minors

Offering Penn State minors in Environmental Soil Science, Forest Science, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, and Wood Products Marketing.

A minor is defined as an academic program of at least 18 credits that supplements a major. A minor program may consist of course work in a single area or from several disciplines with at least 6, but ordinarily not more than half, of the credits at the 400-course level. Total requirements are to be specified and generally limited to 18 to 21 credits. Entrance to some minors may require the completion of a number of prerequisites, including courses, portfolios, auditions, or other forms of documentation that are not included in the total requirements for the minor. All courses for the minor require a grade of C or higher.

This minor enables students to acquire scientific and field-related skills in preparation for environmental careers.

The Forest Ecosystems minor introduces students to the functions and values of forested ecosystems. After a prescribed foundation in tree and shrub identification and forest ecology, students may choose from a variety of related subjects including climate change, invasive species, tree physiology, agroforestry, fire ecology, forest soils, forest ecosystem management, forest measurements, community forestry, and global forest conservation.

The Wildlife and Fisheries Science minor provides non-majors with a basic competency to the principles and practices of wildlife and fisheries conservation, research, and management.