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: Environmental Studies or Environmental Science major students cannot minor in Environmental Studies.

Students who could benefit:

The Environmental Studies minor can provide a useful supplement to the coursework of SIAS 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
  • 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

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.

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

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.

UW Tacoma required courses (20 credits)

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

  • TESC 102 Aquatic Ecosystems in Urban Areas (B)
  • 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 234 Biology/ History/Politics of Salmon in the PNW (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 245 Chemistry through History (P)
  • 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 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 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 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)
  • TEST 426 Ecological History Field Studies (B) (formerly TESC 426)
  • T GIS 311 Maps and GIS (P)

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