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Requirements for the Environmental Studies Minor

environmental studies program

The Environmental Studies minor uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the science and policy of the Earth’s environmental challenges and is designed to complement any undergraduate major. The goals of the minor are to provide students with:

  • an awareness of the scientific, political, and cultural aspects of the world’s environmental problems and paths toward sustainable solutions;
  • a background for environmentally related careers in business, education, law, policy or research; and
  • preparation for graduate study.

To complete the minor, students in the classes of 2015 and beyond successfully complete the following requirements:

A. EESC 2201, Environmental Systems: The Human Footprint (plus lab EESC 2211; two credits)

B. One of the following courses (plus labs EESC 2212-2218; two credits):

  • EESC 2202, Environmental Systems: Ecosystems,
  • EESC 2203, Environmental Systems: Water Resources,
  • EESC 2204, Environmental Systems: The Critical Zone,
  • EESC 2205, Environmental Systems: Climate Change,
  • EESC 2206, Environmental Systems: Oceans,
  • EESC 2207, Environmental Systems: Earthquakes, or
  • EESC 2208, Environmental Systems: Quantitative Methods

C. One foundation course in environmental policy (three credits):

  • ECON 2278, Environmental Economics
  • MGMT 2145, Environmental Management,
  • SOCY 5562, Environmental Sociology I, or
  • UNAS 2256, Environmental Law & Policy

D. At least ten credits (three or more courses) of electives. Only three credits can be from courses numbered below 200. At least three credits must be from courses numbered 300 and above. View list of available elective courses.

E. ENVS 4493, Environmental Seminar, a three-credit senior seminar offered every spring semester


  • At least 15 credits must be used solely for the ES minor requirements (i.e., 5 credits can be shared with requirements for your major or the University CORE).
  • Your ES minor courses must involve at least three different departments.

For orientation sessions: Entering students interested in environmental studies are encouraged to register for EESC 2201/2211 and EESC 2202/2212 in the fall semester.

Requirements A and B: Environmental Systems courses

 Course  Title  Instructor  Fall 2015  Spr. 2016
EESC 2201 Environmental Systems: The Human Footprint Wong X  
EESC 2202 Environmental Systems: Ecosystems David X  
EESC 2203 Environmental Systems: Water Resources David   X
EESC 2204 Environmental Systems: The Critical Zone Hon   X
EESC 2205 Environmental Systems: Climate Change Shakun X
EESC 2206 Environmental Systems: Oceans Kineke    
EESC 2207 Environmental Systems: Earthquakes Kafka   X
EESC 2208 Environmental Systems: Quantitative Methods Ebel    

Note: Each are two credit, half-semester courses with required labs EESC 2211-2218. None of these courses have prerequisites. The Student Services computer system does not allow you to register for two courses offered during the same time slot (even though in this case they will not meet at the same time during the semester). To register for both courses in a semester (for example, EESC 2201/2211 and EESC 2202/2212), register for one (and its lab) normally, and then contact Student Services and request that they register you into the other course and lab section.”

Requirement C: Foundation Policy courses (each are three credits)

 Course  Title  Instructor  Fall 2015  Spr. 2016
ECON 2278 Environmental Economics Olcum   X
MGMT 2145 Environmental Management Faculty    

SOCY 5562


Environmental Sociology I







ENVS 2256 Environmental Law & Policy Plater   X


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