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Environmental Studies Minor

ES gives your degree a green edge in a 21st Century job market.

The Environmental Studies Minor is an innovative option for UM students looking for an interdisciplinary “Honors College” experience in step with the best Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) environmental programs. ES prides itself on bringing faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the community together to solve environmental problems and making the UM campus a veritable sustainability lab. Moreover, ES is essential to the UM Strategic Plan in that it creates opportunities for professors in every discipline to work on collaborative projects and team-teach original classes.

Take a look at the ES minor requirements and current ES courses to see if you are already on your way to becoming an Environmental Studies Minor!

Minor Requirements

  • Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary minor grounded in the natural sciences that incorporates perspectives from the social sciences, the arts and humanities, and business. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they will need as citizens and as members of the workforce to make informed decisions with respect to ecological issues. The overarching objective is to help students learn to balance present needs with those of future generations while promoting environmental justice and biological sustainability. Course offerings include ES 200 Introduction to Environmental Studies, ES 300 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Studies, ES 310 Special Topics in Environmental Studies, and Senior ES Independent Study, as well as regularly taught classes that meet the criteria for ES designation.

    Our commitment to the environment goes well beyond course offerings and it includes a number of green initiatives and facilities.

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  • Jobs

    Career paths for Environmental Studies minors include employment in public schools and private educational facilities; in city and regional planning agencies; in agencies and firms dealing with environmental impact analysis, law, and natural resource management; in energy management and design consulting firms, utilities and renewable energy businesses; in federal, state, county and city parks; in public art projects; in environmental writing; and in activist organizations.