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Academic Requirements & Details

Interdisciplinary Environmental Analysis Minor

  • Deep training: Courses in analysis, critical thinking, and problem-solving
  • Accessible: Most courses do not have pre-requisites*
  • Application and problem solving: Many opportunities for interdisciplinary, collaborative, project-based, and community-engaged learning
  • Pairs well with disciplinary-based majors to provide interdisciplinary, applied experiences that can be leveraged for career and job preparation

This minor was developed to prepare students to tackle real-world environmental challenges by providing more robust opportunities for interdisciplinary knowledge and skill development. The minor is structured to provide students with opportunities to strengthen their critical analysis and problem-solving skills through participation in team-based, experiential, often community-engaged learning around “wicked” real-world problems. Most courses do not have pre-requisites*

Required Courses

One Interdisciplinary Environmental Capstone Course

One Advanced Elective in Natural Science

One Advanced Elective in Social Science and Humanities

*Pre-reqs: ENST 481 (ENST 380); EPSC 454 (EPSC 201); ECON 451 (ECON 1011)

Minor in Environmental Studies

  • Exposure: Includes introductory-level courses
  • Accessible: because it includes introductory courses
  • Flexible: Wide degree of choice in elective categories
  • Pairs easily with many majors to provide interdisciplinary exposure
  • Note: if a student has a major and a minor, the upper-level (300+) units for the major and minor must be independent of one another. (The minor must have 12 units independent of any other major.)

Required Courses

In addition to the required introductory courses, students must take at least 9 units of elective courses at the 300 level or above, one from each of the three categories below. Students may bring up to six units total from a Washington University approved summer or semester program when equivalent to electives below. The minor must have 12 units independent of any other major. Students who are majors in Environmental Biology or Environmental Earth Science may substitute the advanced science course required by taking an additional advanced political science, law, ethics or anthropology course. Students who are majors in Environmental Policy may substitute the advanced political science or law course required by taking an additional advanced science course.