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Environmental Studies Minor

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. Refer to the table below to identify the environmental studies minor coordinator for your college.

Environmental Studies Coordinators

There is one coordinator for each college:
College Coordinator Email phone Office
CAFES Nicholas Williams 805-756-5016 181-315
CAED Margot McDonald 805-756-1316


OCOB Aric Shafran 805-756-2955 03-407A
CENG Paul Anderson 805-756-7178 14-222
CLA G. Andrew Fricker


BCSM Dena Grossenbacher 805-756-2135 33-376

Environmental Studies Minor Coursework


 Please refer to the catalog for the most up-to-date minor requirements

Environmental Studies Minor Worksheet and Declaration Form

Environmental Studies Minor Worksheet - provided for information only and to use as a worksheet. Students may also use this form to request course substitutions once they are accepted into the minor.


Once you have identified the courses you would like to take and made sure you plan to take all the appropriate pre-requisites, then fill out the appropriate minor declaration /course substitution form:


If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Biology Front Office at

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