Why study environmental studies?

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Kansas, established in 1971, is one of the oldest environmental studies programs in the country. The KU Environmental Studies Program provides a rigorous interdisciplinary education and stimulates exchange concerning the environment from natural science, social science, and humanities perspectives. Learning Pathways, thematic areas of study that match student interest to the environmental expertise of our faculty, are a key aspect of our unique program.

Requirements for the Minor

Environmental Studies Minor Core (15-20)
Principals of Environmental Studies. Satisfied by 1 of the following options:3-5
Global Environment I. Satisfied by one of the following:
Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change
Global Environment I: Discovery of Environmental Change, Honors
Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies. Satisfied by one of the following:
Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies
Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies, Honors
Environmental History and Culture. Satisfied by 1 of the following options:3-5
Global Environment II. Satisfied by one of the following:
Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization
Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization, Honors
Environment and History. Satisfied by:
Environment and History
Environment, Culture, and Society. Satisfied by:
Environment, Culture and Society
Environmental History of North America. Satisfied by:
Environmental History of North America
Environmental Policy Analysis. Satisfied by:
EVRN 320Environmental Policy Analysis3
Environmental Law. Satisfied by:
EVRN 332Environmental Law3
Research Methods. Satisfied by 1 of the following options:3-4
Geospatial Analysis. Satisfied by:
Environmental Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Field Ecology. Satisfied by:
Field Ecology
Environmental Economics. Satisfied by:
Environmental Economics
Principles of Geographic Information Systems. Satisfied by:
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Planning Techniques. Satisfied by:
Environmental Planning Techniques
Environmental Geology. Satisfied by:
Environmental Geology
Environmental Studies elective at the Junior/Senior Level. Satisfied by 1 additional EVRN course at the Junior/Senior Level (300+).

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of major courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.