Environmental Studies Minor

Environmental Studies is broadly concerned with the interaction between humans and the environment.

The Environmental Studies Minor is a coherent interdisciplinary (humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences) program to enable students interested in social science and/or policy approaches to solve environmental problems on a local, national, and global level.

This minor provides students the opportunity to focus their related area and/or electives on environmental issues. None of the courses in the minor can be used within the student’s major.


Introductory Course

  • EVST 1000E - NOTE: NRE 1000 and BIOL 1102 are recommended.

Core Courses (9 credits)

All minors must take 1 course from each core area. Additional core courses in a single category can be applied to the additional minor requirements beyond the core requirements. *Pre-reqs, restrictions, and recommendations are in parentheses.

Humanities Core

  • PHIL 3216/W Environmental Ethics (Junior or higher & at least 1 of the following: PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107
  • HIST 2210 History of the Ocean HIST 3540 American Environmental History (Junior or higher) or HIST 3542 New England Environmental History
  • ENGL 3240 American Nature Writing (Junior or higher & ENGL 1010, 1011, 2011, or 3800) or ENGL 3635 Literature and the Environment (Junior or higher & ENGL 1010, 1011, 2011) or  ENGL 3715 Nature Writing Workshop (Junior or higher & ENGL 1010, 1011, 2011, or 3800) or JOUR 3046 Environmental Journalism (JOUR 2000W)

Social Science Core

  • ARE 3434 Environmental and Resource Policy (Junior or higher) or ARE 4462 Environmental & Resource Economics (Junior or higher & ARE 1150 or ECON 1200 or ECON 1201: MATH 1071Q or 1110Q or 1120Q or 1126Q or 1131Q) or ECON 3466 Environmental Economics (ECON 2201 & ECON 2202)
  • GEOG 2400 Introduction to Sustainable Cities 0r GEOG 3350 Global Change, Local Action: A Geography of Environmentalism
  • NRE 3000 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (Junior or higher) or NRE 3245 Environmental Law (Junior or higher)
  • EVST/POLS 3412 Global Environmental Politics (Junior or higher)
  • SOCI 2701 Sustainable Societies or SOCI 2709W Society and Climate Change

Natural Science Core

  • EEB 2208 Introduction to Conservation Biology
  • GEOG 3400 Climate and Weather (Recommended: GEOG 1300 or GEOG 2300)
  • AH 3175 Environmental Health (BIOL 1102 or equivalent & CHEM 1122 or equivalent)
  • GSCI 3010 Earth History and Global Change (GSCI 1050 or GSCI 1051 & GSCI 1052)
  • NRE 4170 Climate-Human-Ecosystem Interactions (Junior or higher)

6 Credits of Minor Electives (2000 level and above) Approved by EVST Advisor: Courses listed above that are not used to meet the core requirements may be used to meet this requirement.

The minor is offered jointly by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. For more information, please contact Sara Tremblay, Program Coordinator - Environmental Programs, 860-486-5218.