A minor in environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program that is available to you, regardless of your major. The required coursework provides the opportunity for you to consider the relationship between people and the environment from social, cultural, economic, political, ethical, and scientific perspectives.
Some students choose to minor in environmental studies in order to prepare for a career in an environmental field such as environmental law, environmental policy and planning, environmental geology, wildlife biology, fisheries, forestry, conservation biology, marine biology, environmental chemistry, or environmental medicine. Others may pursue the minor simply because they want to learn more about the relationship between people and the planet. A distinctive feature of environmental studies at Millsaps is its emphasis on hands-on experience in the form of field courses, environmental research, or internships.
B.A., University of Miami; M.S., Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., Clemson University
Debora Mann serves as chair of the Biology Department and director of the Environmental Studies Program. She currently teaches Botany, Ecology and Environmental Studies Seminar, as well as a science a course for non-science majors, Explore the Natural World. In May she teaches a course for both science majors and non-science majors in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. After visiting Quito on the mainland of Ecuador, her class travels on a 16-passenger vessel for a week, exploring various islands of the Galapagos archipelago and the surrounding marine reserve.
Whether at home or abroad, Mann enjoys exploring the world of living things with her students. She explains, "There is so much to learn about the organisms whose lives are playing out all around us. It's a three-and-a-half-billion-year-old legacy on which we all depend and yet understand so little about."