The Minor in Environmental Studies is offered by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies. The minor focuses on the department's four themes of globalization, sustainability, social justice and geographic methods that are increasingly central to understanding the serious environmental challenges we face.

The Environmental Studies minor examines the nature, causes, and consequences of human interactions with the environment. Students in Environmental Studies are equipped with the intellectual and methodological tools to understand and address the crucial environmental issues of our time: sustainability, health, climate change, food access, natural resource consumption, and environmental justice.

Minors are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

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The minor in Environmental Studies is 6 courses (minimum of 18 credits). Students are required to take one of the Gateway courses, either ENST 2001 or ENST 2002. Students also take 5 elective courses: one at any level and four at the upper level (2000+), which they can use to focus on their own particular interests.

Gateway Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Environment and Society
Physical Geography
Electives 1
Select 5 courses as per the following criteria:15
Select one Environmental Studies course - any level
Select four upper level Environmental Studies courses
Total Credit Hours18-19

No electives may double-count between the Environmental Studies minor and either the Geography & Urban Studies major or minor.