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Environmental Studies Minor - 24 to 28 units required

More information and forms for the Environmental Studies Minor, including Subject Area Electives appropriate for students in each of the colleges, can be obtained from the College of Science and Mathematics Dean's Offices in Building 25, Room 229C or the College of Science and Math Advising Center in Building 53, Room 211. 

Students who complete a minor in Environmental Studies will be able to:

  • Analyze, explain, and evaluate environmental issues from both scientific/technical and social/political/economic perspectives.
  • Integrate and synthesize knowledge from multiple disciplines.
  • Explain and apply the methodologies and approaches that different disciplines bring to bear on complex problems.
  • Work productively and effectively with students from other disciplines and with other points of view.
  • Confront and grapple with real issues of contemporary significance.
  • Gain employment or pursue further study that emphasizes interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.

Subject Area Electives

Subject Area Electives must be approved in advance by the coordinator for the minor.

Environmental Studies Coordinators:

There is one coordinator for each college. 

  • College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Sciences – Neal MacDougall– Bldg. 22, Room 201; 805-756-5034
  • College of Architecture & Environmental Design - Margot McDonald, Bldg. 34, Room 220D; 805-756-1298
  • Orfalea College of Business- Aric Shafran - Bldg. 03, Room 327; 805-756-2955
  • College of Engineering- David Braun - Bldg. 20, Room 304; 805-756-1464
  • College of Liberal Arts- Jim Keese - Bldg. 47, Room 13 G; 805-756-1170
  • College of Science and Math - Lizza Demsetz- Bldg. 26M, Room 107; 805-756-7334

Select one course from each subject area. Electives must be approved in advance by the minor advisor from your college.

Biology and Ecology  
Select from the following: 4
BIO 112
Environmental Biology and Conservation (B5)  
BIO 227
Wildlife Conservation Biology (B2)  
BIO 325
General Ecology  
BIO 327
Wildlife Ecology  
BIO 401
Conservation Biology  
NR 306
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management  
NR 319
Natural Resource Ecology, Theories and Applications (B5)  
Earth Science  
Select from the following: 3-4
ERSC 144
Introduction to Earth Science  
ERSC 202
Soil Erosion and Water Conservation  
GEOG 250
Physical Geography  
GEOL 102
Introduction to Geology (B3)  
PHYS 107
Introduction to Meteorology (B3)  
PHYS 313
Introduction to Atmospheric Physics  
PSC 201
Physical Oceanography (B5)  
Energy and Pollution  
Select from the following: 3-4
BRAE 348
Energy for a Sustainable Society (F)  
CHEM 341
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution  
ENVE 324
Introduction to Air Pollution (F)  
ENVE 330
Environmental Quality Control  
ENVE 331
Introduction to Environmental Engineering  
PHYS 310
Physics of Energy  
PSC 320
Energy, Society and the Environment (F)  
Social, Political, Economic, and Ethical Issues  
Select from the following: 3-4
CRP 404
Environmental Law  
ECON 431
Environmental Economics  
GEOG 325
Climate and Humanity  
HUM 303
Values and Technology (C4)  
PHIL 340
Environmental Ethics (C4)  
World Food Systems (F)  
RPTA 302
Environmental and Wilderness Education  
Environmental Planning, Management, and Sustainability  
Select from the following: 3-4
AG 315
Organic Agriculture (F)  
Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology, and Society (F)  
AG 360
Holistic Management (F)  
ASCI 329
Principles of Range Management  
CRP 336
Introduction to Environmental Planning  
EDES 406
Sustainable Environments  
Human Impact on the Earth  
GEOG 301
Geography of Resource Utilization (D5)  
NR 142
Environmental Management  
RPTA 313
Sustainability in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism  
Approved Elective  
Choose one additional 300-400 level course from the above lists. 4
Capstone Course  
AG/EDES/ENGR/HUM/SCM/UNIV 350 The Global Environment (F) 4
Total units 24-28


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