Art, Nature and Conservation Applied Minor (AM)

For hundreds of years art has been used to raise awareness on environmental issues and conservation. Both art and nature have the potential of evoking similar emotional and deep personal responses that could result in actions that benefit oneself and/or the environment.

The art, nature and conservation applied minor (AM) is designed for you to explore the intersections of art, creativity, nature and conservation. Through a combination of coursework, hands-on and experiential learning, the designation emphasizes natural history, experiences with/in nature, and the use of artistic expression to support nature and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education.

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For this AM, you will examine the natural world through experience, careful observation and a uniquely creative lens. You will learn about the environment and use inspiration in nature, wildlife and natural landscapes to produce pieces of art in a medium of your interest (painting, drawing, ceramics, weaving and photography). Artistic expression is a powerful way to relate a scientific understanding of the importance of biodiversity conservation to a broad audience. Such work can capture a wide spectrum of biodiversity and the essence of threatened habitats and ecosystems, making our natural heritage more accessible and relevant.

Applied minors (AMs) are distinctive programs allowing you to personalize your education and to help you make direct connections between academic interests and co-curricular activities.

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This applied minor is a good fit for those interested in art, field biology, environmental sustainability, outdoor education, natural historians, wildlife biology and museum studies, among other areas.

Our faculty

Our faculty understand how art and science can be a source of inspiration, creativity and stewardship of nature. We’ll work closely with you to combine scientific accuracy with artistic expression to maximize the impact of student projects.

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We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.