Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements

The Environmental Studies minor consists of six classes that can be satisfied with between 18 and 24 semester hours, given differences in semester hours in participating colleges and departments. Students will generally complete the minor with 22 semester hours of work. Both foundation courses are lower division, and the capstone seminar is an upper division course. At least two of the three elective courses must be upper division. The course requirements must be distributed as follows:

  • Introduction to Environmental Science (ENVS 101)
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies (EVST 1000)
  • One Humanities Elective
  • One Social Science Elective
  • One Natural Science Elective
  • The Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar (EVST 4001)


Electives chosen from the following list are pre-approved for the minor. However, this list is a living document and other classes may count as electives at the discretion of the Director; students are encouraged to propose to the Director other environmentally-themed electives that are not on this list. Refer to the current university bulletin for the definitive list of pre-approved electives.

  • Humanities: PHIL 3110 Environmental Ethics; PHIL 3220 Environmental Philosophy; THST 3751 Sacred Place; THST 3780 World Religions and Ecology; WNST 3200 Women and Environmental Justice
  • Social Sciences: ECON 3998 Green Decision Making; ECON 4160 Environmental Economics; GEOG 1000 Human Geography; SOCL 3360 Environment and Society; URBN 3045 Urban Planning; URBN 3046 Sustainable Cities; URBN 3998 Environmental Planning/Policy
  • Natural Sciences: BIOL 318 Principles of Ecology; BIOL 321 Urban Ecology; ENVS 250 Earth Sciences; ENVS 279 Principles of Environmental Sustainability; ENVS 300 Engineering Geology; ENVS 301 Environmental Sciences; ENVS 310 Oceanography; ENVS 356 Sustainable Practices; SCEM 320 Science, Theology, and the Future