Program Requirements

In order to remain in the chemistry (BS) major, biochemistry (BS) major, minor in chemistry, and minor is sustainability studies, a student must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all major and cognate courses. Students earning a D, F, or W in any major or cognate course will be subject to the following action(s):

  • Student will receive a warning letter from the department chairperson after the first D, F, or W.
  • Student will be placed on probation after the second D, F, or W.
  • Student will be dismissed from the major after the third D, F, or W.

A student may appeal in writing the dismissal from the major to the chairperson. In extenuating circumstances, the chairperson may reinstate the student to the major.

Hours: 20-23

Core Courses - 10 hours

GEO 140 Environmental Science (4) CN
BIO 140 Environmental Science (4) CN

*GEO/BIO 140 must be completed as one of the first two courses taken in the minor. 

ECO 212 Principles of Microeconomics (3) CEP
ETH:PHI 203 Environmental Ethics (3) CE

Elective Courses - 9-12 hours

Choose three courses from one or more of the three key areas listed below. Only one course at the 100 level may be chosen. Note that some of these courses have prerequisites; many can also be used to satisfy the University core curriculum requirements.


ART 336 Sculpture Wkshp:Sustainable Mixed Media (3) CAM
BIO 203 Developmental Biology (4)
BIO 218 Animal Behavior (4)
BIO 315 Ecology (4)
BIO 330 Evolution (4)
BIO 330A Evolution (LAB) (0)
BIO 335 Entomology (4)
BIO 335A Entomology (LAB) (0)
CHE 105 Chem for Everyday Living (4) CN
CHE 330 Environmental Chemistry (3)
GEO 115 Earth Science (L/L) (4) CN
GEO 120 Geology of Cincinnati (4) CN
GEO 130 Oceanography (L/L) (4) CN


ECO 211 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
MGL 300 Management/Org Behavior (3)
MTH 301 Mathematical Modeling (3)


ENG 165 Literature, Nature & Environ (3)
ENG 277 Dollars & Sense: Materialism in 20th-Century American Fiction (3) CL
HIS 200 Local History (3) CH
HIS 236 From Cortez to Costco Impact of European Contact with the Americas on the Food We Eat (3) CH
JCG 266 A Land Where You Can Eat: Sustainable Foodways and Christian Spirituality (3) JCG
JCG 390 Appalachian Culture & Spirit (3) JCG/EXP
REL 206 Spirituality & Wellness (3) CR
SOC 202 Race, Class, Gender (3)

Service Learning - 1 hour

Before completing the minor, each student must also complete one service learning credit with an organization appropriate to sustainability studies (1 credit/30 hours taken through the Plus One Credit Option Program of the Service Learning Center). The choice of the course to which this credit will be attached, and the organization with which the student serves, is subject to the program coordinator's approval.

Residency requirement: 6 hours
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in those 6 hours