Environmental Studies minor

An option for students without the science prerequisites to do the B.S. in Environmental Science or the B.A. in Environmental Studies, this minor provides a good grounding in the principles of the field.

Note: EST AND ENSCI major students cannot minor in Environmental Studies.

Students who could benefit

The Environmental Studies minor can provide a useful supplement to the coursework of IAS students who have an interest in:

  • Environmental law, as an attorney or paralegal;
  • Environmental policy, working for governmental agencies, legislative bodies or in environmental non-profits; or
  • Environmental psychology, justice or racism.

This minor will also be helpful for:

  • Urban Studies majors interested in restoration projects in urban areas or how populations affect the environment.
  • Business majors needing a background in the growing fields of "green" marketing and manufacturing or environmental management.
  • Nursing majors interested in environmental health.
  • Students going into teaching programs.
  • Concerned citizens interested in learning more about environmental issues.

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Environmental Studies minor course requirements

The Environmental Studies minor requires 25 credits.

All minors must be completed with a 2.0 minor GPA. Please see an advisor to discuss details.

Required core course

  • 5 credits - TESC 201 The Science of Environmental Sustainability (may be met with an approved transfer course or TESC 232, 236, 239, 243, 247, 303, 317, 341, 345, 404, or 434- see advisor to make the exception)

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UW Tacoma required courses (20 credits)

  • 5 credits - Biological Environmental Science (B) course (see below for list)
  • 5 credits - Physical Environmental Science (P) course (see below for list)
  • 5 credits - Environmental Ethics or Philosophy
  • 5 credits - Environmental Law, Policy, or Regulations

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List of Biology (B) and Physical Science (P) notations

  • TESC 107 Geohazards and Natural Disasters (P)
  • TESC 110 General Biology (B)
  • TESC 111 Introduction to Astronomy (P)
  • TESC 117 Physical Geology (P)
  • TESC 120 Introductory Biology I (B)
  • TESC 141 General Chemistry I (P)
  • TESC 202 Plant Biology and Ecology (B)
  • TESC 213 Physical Forces in the Natural World (P)
  • TESC 215 Meteorology (P)
  • TESC 227 Earth History (P)
  • TESC 232 Issues in Biological Conservation (B)
  • TESC 236 Plants and People: The Science of Agriculture (B)
  • TESC 237 Environmental Geology (P)
  • TESC 238 Human Interactions with Marine Invertebrates (B)
  • TESC 239 Energy and the Environment (P)
  • TESC 240 Human Biology and Environmental Interactions (B)
  • TESC 241 Oceanography (P)
  • TESC 243 Geography of the Physical World (B)
  • TESC 247 Maritime History and Science of the PNW (P)
  • TESC 302 Ecology of Mt. St. Helens (B)
  • TESC 303 Sustainable Development in Africa - Study Abroad (B,P)
  • TESC 304 Tropical Ecology and Sustainability (B)
  • TESC 315 Applied Physics w/ Environmental Applications (P)
  • TESC 317 Geology, Landscape, and Culture (P)
  • TESC 318 Biogeography (P or B)
  • TESC 319 Water Quality Concepts & Watershed Studies (P)
  • TESC 321 Soils and Environmental Applications (P)
  • TESC 329 Geomorphology and Soils (P)
  • TESC 332 Conservation Biology Practice (B)
  • TESC 337 Environmental Geology (Previously TESC 237)(P)
  • TESC 341 Climate Change (P)
  • TESC 343 Atmosphere and Air Pollution (P)
  • TESC 345 Pollution and Public Policy (P)
  • TESC 349 Research at Sea (P or B)
  • TESC 362 Introduction to Restoration Ecology (B)
  • TESC 370 Genetics and Society (B)
  • TESC 378 Environmental Microbiology (B)
  • TESC 402 History and Ecology of Biological Invasions (B)
  • TESC 404 Neotropical Field Studies Abroad: Ecology and Community (B)
  • TESC 408 Marine Plankton (B)
  • TESC 415 Sedimentology (P)
  • TESC 417 Field Geology (P)
  • TESC 422 Evolution (B)
  • TESC 426 Ecological History Field Studies (B) (will become TEST 426 effective autumn 2015)
  • TESC 430 Environmental Modeling (P)
  • TESC 431 Water Resources and Pollution (P)
  • TESC 432 Forest Ecology Field Studies (B)
  • TESC 433 Pollutant Fate and Transport in the Environment (P)
  • TESC 434 Biology/ History/Politics of Salmon in the PNW (B)
  • TESC 435 Limnology (P)
  • TESC 438 Environmental Biology: Marine Invertebrates (B)
  • TESC 440 Environmental Entomology (B)
  • TESC 442 Marine Ecology (B)
  • TESC 445 Estuarine Field Studies (B/P)
  • TESC 452 Plants, Insects and their Interactions (B)
  • TESC 490 Topics in Environmental Science (B)
  • T GIS 311 Maps and GIS (P)

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How to declare

You can declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.

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Scheduling note

Evening students: TESC 201 is not offered in the evening. It may be possible to complete this lab requirement in an alternative way. Contact an IAS advisor for more details.

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