Climate Studies Minor - 20 credits

The climate studies minor aims to provide students with a course of study that helps deepen knowledge about the climate crisis with applications and solutions derived from many academic disciplines. The minor can be integrated with - and complement - any existing major or future career.

No more than 4 credits may count toward another major or minor.

Required Core Courses: 14 credits (Foundations)

1. ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies (4) (BN)

2. Natural Sciences (4)

  • ENVR 331: Science of Global Climate Changes (4) OR
  • INTG 278A: Energy and the Environment (4) (NS, NW, QR, TF-MV) OR
  • 4 credits of CHEM 343: Climate and Habitat Change, CHEM 344A: Environmental Chemistry-Atmosphere, and CHEM 344B: Environmental Chemistry-Lithosphere

3. Social Sciences (4)

  • ENVR 377A: Energy and Society (4) (SS, SW, TF-JU) OR
  • ENVR 303: Climate Action Workshop (4) (EX, TF-JU)

4. ENVR 306: Global Climate Change Policy (2) (SW, TE3-JU)


Upper Division Electives: 6 credits

Part 1. Applications in diverse fields (4 credits)

  • ART 218: Intro to Computer Art (AE, FA, TE1/2-TR)
  • NUTR 240: Food Systems: Policies and Controversies (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: NUTR 125
  • INTG 278A: Energy and the Environment (NS, NW, QR, TF-MV)
  • ENVR 300AA: World Literature of Climate Change
  • ENVR 300Q: Environmental Health
  • ENVR 300T: Sustainable Agriculture Science (NW, TE3-MV)
  • ENVR 303: Climate Action Workshop (EX, TF-JU)
  • ENVR 305: United Nations Climate Change Conference (2 credits) (SW, TE3-JU)
  • ENVR 315: American Environmental Liturature (HM, HE, TE3-JU)
  • ECON 318: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (TE3-JU)
    Prerequisite: ECON 111 or instructor permission
  • EDUC 323: Elementary Science Content (NW)
  • NUTR 326: Global Malnutrition and Disease
    Prerequisites: NUTR 125 and NUTR 323
  • ENVR 327: Gender and Environment (CS, ES, GE)
  • POLS 330: Environmental Politics and Policy
  • ENVR 331: Science of Climate Changes
  • CHEM 343: Climate and Habitat Change (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 250 and 255 or departmental permission
  • CHEM 344A: Environmental Chemistry, Atmosphere (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 250 and 255 or departmental permission
  • CHEM 344B: Environmental Chemistry, Lithosphere (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 250 and 255 or departmental permission
  • CHEM 346: Nanomaterials (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or 318 or departmental permission
  • SOCI 349: Environmental Anthropology
  • POLS 350A: Sustainable Urban Planning
  • CHEM 354: Sustainable Energy (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 250 and 255 or departmental permission
  • PCST 354: Global Environmental Politics
  • GBUS 368: Sustainable Business
  • ENVR 377A: Energy and Society (SS, SW, TF-JU)
  • COMM 378A: Environmental Rhetoric (BN, HM, HE, TF-MV)

Part 2. Integrating and Deepening Knowledge (2)

  • Climate Studies Capstone (2 credit ILP) OR
  • ENVR 305: United Nations Climate Change Conference (2 credits) (SW, TE3-JU)
    Attends the U.N. climate negotiations, admission by competitive application process each February