Jul 14, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Environmental Studies Minor

Department of Environmental Studies, College of the Environment

24 credits


Environmental Studies takes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to understanding human-environment systems and environmental challenges. The Environmental Studies minor includes core classes in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to prepare our students to integrate knowledge from multiple fields of study into their chosen field.

Why Consider an Environmental Studies Minor?

Do you want to complement your major with an interdisciplinary minor that reflects the complexity of society’s environmental challenges? Do you want to understand the interactions and interdependencies between human and natural systems? Then Environmental Studies is the minor for you.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Rebekah Paci-Green
Arntzen Hall 206

College of the Environment
Professional Advisor

Kathryn Patrick
Environmental Studies 539

 Sample Careers

Environmental Communications | Environmental Analyst | Environmental Advocate | Government Agency Employee | Sustainability Officer | Educator

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

To declare a minor, set up an appointment with a professional adviser on our Undergrad Academic Advising website cenv.wwu.edu/academic-advising, by visiting the College of the Environment Student Support office in Environmental Studies Building 539, or by calling 360-650-3520. 

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.



❑ Elective credits of any 300- or 400-level ENVS courses to reach 24 total credits for the minor. The College of the Environment Speaker series - offered as ENVS 499A, ESCI 499A, or UEPP 499A - is especially recommended and may be taken multiple times.