A minor in Environmental Studies is interdisciplinary and will provide students with the means to understand the interactions between natural and human social systems and the complexity of environmental issues. An Environmental Studies minor is an excellent complement to many majors, including Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Education, Political Science, Sociology, and more.

Minor Requirements (30-33 credit hours)

Required courses (total 5 credit hours):

  • Humans and the Environment (INTD 22500, typically taken in the first or second year)
  • Interdisciplinary Readings in Environmental Studies (EVST 28000, typically taken in the second year)

Required courses (total 7-8 credit hours):

  • Ecology (EVST 24100)
  • One course in Physics, Geology, or Chemistry; select from the following options:

1.  Principles of Physics I (PHYS 11300) or II (PHYS 11400)
2.  Environmental Geology (GEOL 20900) or one semester alternative GEOL with approval
3.  Chemistry (CHEM 10100) or one semester of General Chemistry (CHEM 12000 or CHEM 12100)


  • Required courses (total 12 credit hours):
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 20100)
  • Environmental Activism and Policy (EVST 33800)
  • Either Environmental History (HIST 24000 ), Environmental Ethics (PHIL27000), Wild and Sacred (RELG 38000), or alternative approved by EVST faculty

Required courses (total 6-8 credit hours):

  • Two courses in Communication or Writing, to be approved by EVST Faculty

 Find a printable pdf of minor requirements here.

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