Environmental Studies Minor

To earn a minor in Environmental Studies, students must complete a minimum of 16 credit hours, which includes two core courses and a minimum of three elective courses. Students must take at least one elective course in each of two thematic areas, Environmental Social Sciences and Policy and Environmental Natural Sciences. At least one elective must be at the 400-level. The Environmental Studies Program may approve up to seven semester hours of lower- and upper-division transfer credits toward the undergraduate minor in Environmental Studies. Students are expected to meet with an ENS advisor before beginning the minor.


Required Core Courses
ENS 251Introduction to Environmental Sciences3
ENS 271Introduction to Sustainability3
Elective Courses (at least 3 required) 1
The 100- to 300-level elective courses listed below are each three credit hours. Undergraduate students enrolling in 400-level courses listed as “three or four hours” must enroll in the three-credit hour section. 400-level courses counted toward an undergraduate degree cannot be taken again and counted for credit toward a graduate degree10
Environmental Social Sciences and Policy (at least 1 course required)
Women and the Environment
ECCE: Global Change in Local Places
ECCE: Cultural Geography
ECCE: Environmental Justice: Science, Policy, and Activism
ECCE: Introduction to Environmental Education
ECCE: American Environmental History
Environmental Law
Environmental Economics
Environmental Sociology
Sustainable Food Systems
Agricultural Politics & Policy
Water Resources and Society
Political Ecology AKA The Political Life of Trees, Trash, & Turtles
Environmental Policies: National Environmental Policy Act
Environmental Policies: Water Quality
China's Environment and the World
Environmental Natural Sciences (at least 1 course required)
Principles Of Ecology
Earth Science
Environmental Physical Geography
Mapping our Physical and Social World
Transportation: Problems and Planning Procedures
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
Ecological Issues
Aquatic Ecology
Biology Of Water Pollution
Environmental Chemistry
Introduction to Environmental Consulting
Our Changing Climate
Environmental Geology
Urban Environments
Renewable Energy
Total Hours16

Students may count up to four hours of ENS 440 Topics in Environmental Studies with approval of a Student Petition