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Change the world

Explore the world through applicable coursework.

Mount Mercy University’s environmental justice minor features coursework based on scientific inquiry and a global view of history and cultural relations, making it a vital, emerging program for this modern age.

Mount Mercy helps passionate individuals like you learn to effectively convey ideas, organize movements and change the world. Our environmental justice program focuses on meeting human need where it exists. The minor combines care for the planet with attention to the most vulnerable populations affected by environmental problems: minorities, immigrants, the poor, and women and children around the world — each of which are components of the Sisters of Mercy critical concerns.


Aimed at improving lives.

The environmental justice curriculum combines scientific knowledge about the natural environment with an understanding of environmental policy and its impact on vulnerable populations.

Integrating these disciplinary perspectives will prepare students to think critically about global environmental issues, to assess the effects human activity has on the natural environment, and to address issues of social injustice that arise when vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation.

As entirely new categories of Green jobs are being created, knowledge of environmental justice will become necessary in fields such as business, health care, social work, education, law, tourism, outdoor conservation, and policy making.

The environmental justice minor can be easily paired with any major to create an area of emphasis for your bachelor’s degree.

What courses will I take?

Environmental Justice Minor

BI 125Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry I 1 *3
BI 125LBiostatistics and Scientific Investigation I 11.5
PO 103Introduction to International Relations *3
PO 112Globalization and Human Survival *3
HI 278History Of US Environmentalism3
Choose One of the Following:4.5
BI 225
Global Environmental Issues
BI 242
Iowa Natural History
Choose One of the Following:3
SO 330
Global Race Relations *
SW 265
Diversity in America *
Total Hours21

Transfer students or students in majors requiring an alternative introductory science course may count BI 123 Biology of Human Concern or PH 115 Introduction To Earth Sciencein lieu of BI 125 Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry I and BI 125L Biostatistics and Scientific Investigation I.


Students may count no more than two of these Core Curriculum requirements towards the Environmental Justice minor.


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Ensuring the earth and the people in it have a livable future is the most important thing.

What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in environmental justice

Environmental justice students make a difference!

No matter what direction you take in your career, the skills and work ethic developed through this course of study will serve you well. Our students have found success pairing an environmental justice minor with majors in social work, business, political science, philosophy, biology, chemistry, communication or outdoor conservation, just to name a few.

Graduates from our environmental justice program can look forward to working in a growing, in-demand field and positions such as:

  • Environmental Project Manager
  • Land Trust Manager
  • Public Administrator
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Green Entrepreneur
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Lawyer