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.

Minor Requirements

  • At least 15 credits must be used solely for the ENVS minor requirements (i.e., 5 credits can be shared with requirements for your major or the University Core).
  • Your ENVS 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.

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. Two foundation courses (six credits)

One in Research Methods:

  • ENVS 3360 Research Methods in Environmental Studies

One in Social Sciences:

  • ECON 2277 Environmental Economics and Policy
  • ECON 2278 Environmental Economics
  • ENVS/UNAS 2256 Environmental Law and Policy
  • HIST 2406 U.S. Environmental History
  • HIST 4703 Environmental Histories of Water
  • INTL 2260 International Environmental Science and Policy
  • MGMT 2145 Environmental Management
  • SOCY 1031 Society and Environmental Transformations
  • SOCY 2200 Statistics (or a different statistics course)
  • SOCY/ENVS 3562 Environmental Sociology I
  • PHIL 5534 Environmental Ethics
  • Core courses open only to first year students
    • PHIL 1501 Science and Ethics of Climate Change
    • SOCY 1501 Global Implications of Climate Change
    • SOCY 1509 Planet in Peril: History and Future of Human Impacts

D. At least 6 credits (two or more courses) of electives.

At least three credits must be from courses numbered 3000 and above.

E. ENVS 4943, Environmental Seminar, a three-credit senior seminar offered every spring semester


To register for the Environmental Studies Minor visit the Environmental Studies Office in Devlin 213 or email envstudies@bc.edu.

To learn more about the minor stop by the office and/or arrange to meet with the director during office hours.