Environmental Studies Minor

Degree Type

The Environmental Studies Minor examines the relationship between people and their environment, the physical and biological sciences, and important environmental issues. Students analyze historical and contemporary environmental problems by taking courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students might pursue this minor in preparation for a career in environmental research, education, activism, policy or law, among others. 


    This five-course interdisciplinary minor introduces students to environmental ideas as represented in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.  

    1. Students take Introduction to Environmental Studies (Column A),  
    2. At least one course in the Natural Sciences (Column B) 
    3. At least one class in the Social Sciences/Humanities (Column C) 
    4. The remaining two elective classes selected from any offerings in Columns B and C   
    5. At least two courses in the minor must be upper division (one of which will be HI 3001 Intro to Environmental Studies).  
    6. Only one course from the student’s major can be double counted in the minor.  
    7. Internships and independent studies should be in a student’s field of study and/or approved by an Affiliated faculty advisor. 


    A. Required Course: (4 credits): 

    • HI 3001 Intro to Environmental Studies  

    B. Students must take a minimum of one (4 credit) of the following elective courses: 

    • BS2490 Environmental Science 
    • BS3450 Plant Biology 
    • BS4470 Ecology 
    • BS4472 Microbial Ecology  
    • BS4491 Human Ecology 
    • BS4651 Toxicology  
    • CP2300/2301 Weather Studies with Lab 
    • CP2400/2401 Ocean Studies with Lab 
    • CP2500/2501 Climate Studies with Lab 
    • CP2600 Environmental Analysis of Long Island 
    • CP5900 Research 
    • XX9990 Independent Study in Student’s Home Department 

    C. Students must take a minimum of one (4 credit) of the following elective courses: 

    • AS 2252 U.S. Social Movements 
    • AS 2300 Problems in US Environmental History  
    • AS 2750 Food 
    • AS4200 Environmental Journalism 
    • AS4832 Internship in Journalism  
    • EL2233 Environmental Literature  
    • HI2810 Geography, Earth, and People 
    • HI3001 Intro to Environmental Studies 
    • HI3003 Environments in World History I 
    • HI3005 Environments in World History II
    • HI3120 Latin America: Environment and Society
    • HI3600 Global Geography: People, Places & Environments
    • HI3700 Historical Geography of Latin America 
    • HI4600 World Regional Geography 
    • HI4700 Modern Global Environments 
    • PE4280 Environmental Politics 
    • PE4290 Environmental Economics 
    • PE5999 Internship  
    • PH4800 Epidemiology 
    • PH4890 Environmental Justice  
    • PH4900 Health and Society Field Placement  
    • PY4510 Ecological Context: Theories & Applications 
    • PY5404 Senior Seminar in Environmental Neuroplasticity
    • SY5990 Senior Seminar (requires approval from the Sociology Department) 
    • XX9990 Independent Study in Student’s Home Department