Minor Fields of Study

Academic Minors

Unity College minors are designed to allow flexibility within a student’s learning goals. Students can specialize in a topic that interests them and also demonstrates a range of interests to future employers. 

Currently, the college has six available minors that help students become marketable, as well as gaining a well-rounded education of an environmentally focused liberal arts degree. Because many relevant courses can apply to both major and minor requirements, a minor can be added without changing a degree plan.

Courses can be applied to a minor even if there is no formal declaration. All minor requirements must be completed prior to graduation. Unity College reserves the right to modify the minors in order to provide the best academic course offerings.

The current minors available for students are:

Applied Mathematics and Statistics (pdf) 

A minor in Applied Math and Statistics will familiarize students with techniques and applications of mathematical modeling in fields of interest to them. Fundamentals of modeling system change will be discussed in the Calculus sequence. Working with data will be addressed in the Statistics sequence. By taking a mathematics-intensive course in their field of interest, students will learn how mathematical models apply to the world around them. 

Botany (pdf) 

Plants are the basis of an ecosystem. A solid understanding of plants serves biologists and naturalists of all types, especially as plants provide food and habitat for wildlife. The botany minor has a core of four courses that comprise structure, function, identification, and environmental context of plants. A fifth course is a choice, allowing students to cast their minor in a more applied or basic mode according to individual goals. 

Ecology (pdf)

The ecology minor is intended to compliment other environmental majors and help students develop the skills to use ecological science to address a wide range of environmental issues. 

Environmental Interpretation and Education (pdf) 

The Environmental Interpretation and Education minor offers students the opportunity to explore the fields of formal and non-informal learning environments, how people learn, the needs of diverse audiences and the best practices in instructional as well as heritage and resources interpretive settings. This minor will support the students who plan on working with educational/interpretive programs in a variety of settings including zoos, wildlife parks, aquariums, parks, environmental learning centers, and other educational settings. 

Geoscience (pdf)

At its core, the Geoscience minor includes field and lab inquiry rooted in the geosciences, especially soils and hydrology. Other thematic elements include landform evolution, erosion and sedimentation, water quality, Geography Information Systems (GIS), environmental change, land use change, and wetland delineation. Students will learn important field and lab skills and demonstrate their comprehension of the theoretical and applied nature of the geosciences through a variety of real world settings, environmental problem-solving scenarios, and research projects.

Psychology (pdf) 

The Unity College minor in Psychology is designed to provide interested students with a broad overview of topics and domains within the field of psychology. The science of psychology is a rich compliment to a variety of liberal arts and professional degree programs. The psychology minor will introduce students to theoretical concepts, research methodologies, and practical applications within the diverse field of psychology. The program will allow students to support their major field of study by increasing their understanding of human behavior and by enriching their credentials for prospective employers in the human service field or for pursuing graduate studies. 

Zoology (pdf) 

In the Zoology minor students investigate the behavior, ecology, and physiology of animals. Students then focus on an aspect of animal biology that fascinates them ranging from particular types of animals, such as in ornithology, to how animals work, such as through cell biology or genetics. 

An academic minor is a specified sequence of courses totaling 18 to 24 credits and requiring at least nine credits of 3000 or 4000 level work. Twelve of the credits must be outside of the major degree requirements and other minor requirements. Students are limited to declaring one minor in addition to their major(s). 

Minors do not lead to a degree. No substitution or waiver of courses in a minor is allowed. The college does not guarantee courses for a minor. However, some students find that a minor can complement their major, or alternatively, allow them to explore an unrelated area of interest.