Environmental Studies Minor

Program Requirements

  • Total units required: 18

This minor is a good fit for students for many reasons:

  • Exposure: Includes introductory-level courses
  • Accessibility: Includes introductory courses
  • Flexibility: Wide degree of choice in elective categories
  • Pairs easily with many majors to provide interdisciplinary exposure

Students must have at least 9 units of course work at the 300 level or higher that are unique to this minor.

Required Courses

Required core introductory courses (students choose two of the following; 6 units):

Biol 2950Introduction to Environmental Biology3
EEPS 202Introduction to Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science3
EnSt 101Earth's Future: Causes and Consequences of Global Climate Change *3
EnSt 102To Sustainability and Beyond: People, Planet, Prosperity *3
EnSt 111Environmental Racism and the Health of Everyone *3
EnSt 215Introduction to Environmental Humanities3
EnSt 250One Health: Linking the Health of Humans, Animals, and the Environment3
EnSt 251Metropolitan Environment3
EnSt 252Sustainability in Business3
Pol Sci 2010Introduction to Environmental Policy3

Students may count one of these Beyond Boundaries courses (first year only): EnSt 101, EnSt 102, or EnSt 111.

Elective Courses

One elective in analysis and communication (3 units):

EnSt 315Fallout: Analyzing Texts and Narratives of the Nuclear Era3
EnSt 316Beyond the Evidence3
EnSt 350WWriting Skills for Environmental Professionals3
EnSt 357Multiparty Environmental Decision Making3
EnSt 364Field Methods for Environmental Science3
EnSt 380Applications in GIS3
EnSt 405Sustainability Exchange: Community and University Practicums3
EnSt 407RESET - Renewable Energy Policy, Engineering and Business3
EnSt 415WWriting Home: Creating Cultural Guides for Environmental Site Workers3
EnSt 452International Climate Negotiation Seminarvar.; max 6
EnSt 481Advanced GIS3
EnSt 4995Foundations of Research: Building a literature review3
EnSt 539Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinicvar.; max 6

One elective in environmental humanities and arts (3 units):

AFAS 3075Recipes for Respect: Black Foodways in the US3
ARCH 209Design Process3
ART 318PPhotography: Art Practice (Art, Environment, Culture & Image)3
Art-Arch 3961Art & Ecology3
Comp Lit 4111Pastoral Literature3
Drama 351Intro to Playwriting3
Drama 4081Theater for Social Change3
EnSt 315Fallout: Analyzing Texts and Narratives of the Nuclear Era3
EnSt 3410Native American Storytelling - Healthy Land Practice3
EnSt 415WWriting Home: Creating Cultural Guides for Environmental Site Workers3
History 2561Urban America3
History 3194Environment and Empire3
IPH 312Introduction to Digital Humanities3
IPH 431Statistics for Humanities Scholars: Data Science for the Humanities3
LAND 530FFoodscapes: Art Food Space Activism3
LAND 553ASeeds3
Phil 235FIntroduction to Environmental Ethics3
Writing 309Writing the Natural World3

One elective in social sciences (3 units):

AMCS 227Topics in Native American Culture3
AMCS 299The Study of Cities and Metropolitan America3
Anthro 3102Topics in Anthropology: Sustainability in Extractive Communities3
Anthro 3215Food, Culture, and Power3
Anthro 3472Global Energy and the American Dream3
Anthro 3602Environmental Inequality: Toxicity, Health, and Justice3
Anthro 361Culture and Environment3
Anthro 374Social Landscapes in Global View3
Anthro 379Meltdown: The Archaeology of Climate Change3
Anthro 4281Ecological Anthropology3
Econ 451Environmental Policy3
EnSt 255Systems Thinking3
EnSt 3060Community Based Conservation: Madagascar Sustainability Initiative3
EnSt 310Ecological Economics3
EnSt 316Beyond the Evidence3
EnSt 346Environmental Justice3
EnSt 347Sustainable Cities3
EnSt 4527IPCC: Governance, Policy and Science3
EnSt 461Intro to Environmental Law3
EnSt 481Advanced GIS3
EnSt 482Applications in Geospatial Intelligence3
EnSt 4995Foundations of Research: Building a literature review3
MGT 450RBusiness & Government: Understanding and Influencing the Regulatory Environment3
MGT 460LIntroduction to Social Entrepreneurship3
MPH 5002Epidemiology3
MPH 5323TPS: Climate Change and Public Health3
Pol Sci 332BEnergy Politics3
Pol Sci 363Quantitative Political Methodology3
Pol Sci 3760Globalization, Urbanization, and the Environment3
Pol Sci 389APower, Justice, and the City3
Pol Sci 4043Public Policy Analysis, Assessment and Practical Wisdom3
Pol Sci 495Research Design and Methods3
SOC 3350Poverty and the New American City3
SOC 4810Global Structures and Problems3

One elective in natural science (3 units):

Anthro 3053Nomadic Strategies and Extreme Ecologies3
Anthro 3660Primate Ecology, Biology, and Behavior3
Anthro 3662Writing for Primate Conservation Biology3
Anthro 4285Environmental Archaeology3
Anthro 4803Advanced GIS Modeling and Landscape Analysis3
Biol 3171Biology for Climate Change Solutions3
Biol 3220Woody Plants of Missouri3
Biol 3221Research and Public Education in the Arboretum3
Biol 343APlants, Environment and Civilization3
Biol 370Animal Behavior3
Biol 373WLaboratory on the Evolution of Animal Behavior (Writing Intensive)3
Biol 381Introduction to Ecology3
Biol 3900Science for Agriculture and Environmental Policy3
Biol 3494Microbes and the Environment4
Biol 419Community Ecology3
Biol 4193Experimental Ecology Laboratory4
Biol 4195Disease Ecology4
EEPS 317Soil Science3
EEPS 323Biogeochemistry3
EEPS 340Minerals, Rocks, Resources and the Environment4
EEPS 342Environmental Systems3
EEPS 385Earth History3
EEPS 386The Earth's Climate System3
EEPS 387Geospatial Science4
EEPS 407Remote Sensing3
EEPS 409Surface Processes3
EEPS 428Hydrology3
EEPS 442Aqueous Geochemistry3
EEPS 454Exploration and Environmental Geophysics4
EEPS 468Geospatial Field Methods3
EEPS 486Paleoclimatology3
EnSt 3630Arctic Climate System3
EnSt 364Field Methods for Environmental Science3
EnSt 365Applied Conservation Biology3
EnSt 375Urban Ecology3
EnSt 481Advanced GIS3
EnSt 483Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology3
LAND 551ALandscape Ecology3

Additional Information

Substitutions and Transfer Credit

Requests for course credit from other institutions (transfer credit) need approval by the College Office. Please visit the Policies and Procedures for more information.

For Minors requesting a course substitution for one of the Minor electives, please complete the Course Petition Form.

Study Abroad

To study abroad, students must be in their junior or senior year and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Students must understand the language of the country in which they plan to study. Grades do not transfer back to Washington University. Credits can be applied toward the 120 credits needed to graduate, and courses taken abroad can substitute for courses for the environmental major and minors. These substitutions should be worked out before leaving for Study Abroad. Final decisions for course credit will be made once the student has returned and the courses and grades are reported back to Washington University. The minimum grade for study abroad coursework to apply to major/minor credit is C-.

Environmental Studies will accept up to 3 courses (9 units) from a study abroad program toward the Environmental Studies Minor. Dr. Jeff Catalano is the study abroad advisor for Environmental Studies.


  • Participating in a Washington University program allows financial assistance, and students may earn full academic credit for study abroad if they participate in Washington University programs.
  • Students wishing to participate in non-Washington University programs must petition for credit before participating in the program. 
  • Students must communicate regularly with their advisors while abroad and report to them upon return.
  • Each student must contact the Overseas Office to arrange for the transfer of credit.
  • For details, contact the Overseas Office. 

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