Minor Requirements

The Environmental Studies minor requires seven courses, of which at least five must be upper division.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better and no more than two courses (eight units) may be taken with a pass/no pass grading option.

Per Academic Senate policy, students may overlap a maximum of two upper-division courses (8 UD units) between their major and minor.

Environmental Studies 30 - Natural Sciences

Environmental Studies 30 - Natural Sciences

Examines global and regional environmental issues. The approach is to consider the scientific basis for policy options. Simple principles of chemistry and biology are introduced. The scope of problems include: air and water pollution, climate modification, solid-waste disposal, hazardous-waste treatment, and environmental impact assessment. Prerequisite: none.


ENVR 30 and ENVR 110 need not be taken consecutively. ENVR 30 is taught during Fall Quarter.  ENVR 110 during Winter Quarter.

Environmental Studies 110 - Environmental Law

Environmental Studies 110 - Environmental Law

Please note:  ENVR 110 replaces the ENVR 130 requirement of the minor. 

Explores environmental policy in the United States and the ways in which it is reflected in law. The social and political issues addressed include environmental justice and environmental racism, as well as the role of government in implementing environmental law. Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

ENVR 30 and ENVR 130 need not be taken consecutively. ENVR 30 is taught during Fall Quarter.  ENVR 110 is taught during Winter Quarter.

Elective Courses (Choose FIVE)

Elective Courses (Choose FIVE)

Choose 5 additional courses from the lists below of which at least 4 must be upper division.
  
Also, At least 1 course must be taken from Group A (natural science-based) and at least 2 from Group B (social science/humanities-based).

Group A (Natrual-Science) Courses

  • BILD 3 - Organismic & Evolutionary Biology
  • BIEB 121 - Ecology Laboratory
  • BIEB 131 - Marine Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory
  • BIEB 140 - Biodiversity
  • BIEB 165 - Behavioral Ecology Laboratory
  • BIEB 166 - Animal Behavior and Communication
  • BIEB 176 - Conservation & Human Predicament (crosslisted with ANBI 132)
  • CHEM 15 - Chemistry of the Universe
  • CHEM 171 - Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 172 - Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 173 - Atmospheric Chemistry
  • ENVR 102 - Selected Topics in Environmental Studies (when science-based)
  • ENVR 120 - Coastal Ecology
  • ESYS 101 - Environmental Biology
  • ESYS 102 - The Solid and Fluid Earth
  • ESYS 103 - Environmental Challenges: Science and Solutions
  • ESYS 120 - Science and Environmental Writing
  • ESYS 150 - Environmental Perils
  • MAE 118 - Energy: Non-Nuclear Technologies
  • PHYS 12 - Energy and the Environment
  • STPA  35 - Society and the Sea
  • SIO 10 - The Earth
  • SIO 12 - History of Earth and Evolution
  • SIO 15 - Natural Disasters
  • SIO 16 - Geology of National Parks
  • SIO 20 - The Atmosphere
  • SIO 30 - The Oceans
  • SIO 35 - Water
  • SIO 110 - Introduction to GIS for Earth and Environmental Scientists
  • SIO 132 - Introduction to Marine Biology
  • SIO 134 - Introduction to Biological Oceanography
  • SIO 150 - Environmental Perils

Group B (Humanities & Social Sciences) Courses

  • ANBI 132 - Conservation & the Human Predicament
  • ANSC 160 - Nature, Culture, & Environmentalism
  • ANAR 182 - Origins of Agriculture and Sedentism
  • COMM 171 – Environmental Communication
  • ECON 131 - Economics of the Environment
  • ECON 132 - Energy Economics
  • ECON 145 - Economics of Ocean Resources
  • ENVR 102 - Selected Topics in Environmental Studies (when non-science-based)
  • ENVR 140 - Wilderness and Human Values
  • ETHN 103 - Environmental Racism
  • HISC 105 - History of Environmentalism
  • HIUS 154 - Western Environmental History
  • IRPS GN 458 - International Environmental Policy
  • IRPS GN 459 - Conflict Resolution of Environmental Issues
  • PHIL 148 - Philospohy and the Envionment
  • PHIL 164 - Technology and Human Values
  • POLI 104E - Environmental Law & Policy
  • POLI 125A - Communities & the Environment
  • POLI 162 - Environmental Policy
  • SOCI 149 - Sociology of the Environment
  • USP 2 - Urban World System
  • USP 124 - Land Use Planning
  • USP 144 - Environmental and Preventive Health Issues
  • USP 171 - Sustainable Development

View a PDF of the requirements worksheet (PDF) and course descriptions (PDF).

Note:  ENVR 110 replaces the ENVR 130 requirement of the minor.  Students who declared the minor before Fall 2014 may choose to follow the old requirements or the new requirements.  For the old requirements, students who declared the minor before Fall 14 may choose to petition one course from ENVR 110, ECON 131, PHIL 148, or POLI 162 to substitute for ENVR 130.  Please contact envrstudies@ucsd.edu to make this substitution.

Prerequisite Courses

Some courses, particularly those in Group A, have significant prerequisites, which will not be waived for students in this minor. Please review course descriptions in the UC San Diego General Catalog for prerequisite information.

Independent Study and Field Research

Some credit toward the minor may be gained through independent study, field research, study abroad, the Academic Internship Program, and others (prior approval strongly recommended). Minor declarations, petitions for petitionable courses as well as transfer work and individual additions to the listed courses must be approved by the Chair of the Environmental Studies Steering Committee.

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