The purpose of the Environmental Studies minor is to broaden students' understanding of the scientific, technological, management, policy, legal, cultural, and ethical dimensions of environmental issues in areas beyond their chosen disciplines. Additionally, the Environmental Studies minor seeks to enhance student skills in communication, group work, decision-making, and conflict resolution.

How to Declare

Current UW students that have declared a major and earned at least 45 credits may declare the minor with their major adviser. Students can contact PoE advisers with questions about the minor, but it is not required.

Minor Requirement Map

Minor Requirement List

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ENVIR Core Courses
(10 Credits)

Two courses:

  • ENVIR 100
    Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations

and one course from among:

  • ENVIR 200
    Environmental Studies: Research and Communication
  • ENVIR 250
    Environmental Studies: Data Types and Collection Methods

Values and Cultures
(5 Credits)

One course from among:

Perspectives and Experiences
(≥ 15 credits)

Consult the list of approved courses.

A minimum of three credits must be completed in each of the following Environmental Perspectives and Experiences with a 2.0 or better:

Additional Perspectives and Experiences Notes:

  • Courses may be listed in multiple categories, however, courses are not allowed to meet more than one category requirement.
  • At least 10 of the 15 credits must come from 300 or 400 level courses.
  • To request that a course not on the approved list be used to fulfill the Environmental Perspectives and Experiences requirement, please submit a completed course substitution petition to poeadv@uw.edu.