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         What is Environmental Studies?

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary exploration of environmental issues and sustainable solutions. What is the current state of the natural world and what forces, both natural and cultural, are responsible for this condition? How can each of us facilitate a healthy and sustainable environment?

By selecting courses from a wide range of disciplines, such as Political Science, Philosophy, Environmental Science, Geology, Forestry, Sociology, and others, students will better understand the complexity of environmental issues and explore a range of viable solutions.

         Why study the Environment?

A minor in Environmental Studies can compliment any major at NAU - from Art History to Hotel & Restaurant Management to Zoology. Everything we do as students and citizens involves the environment in some way. Our personal and collective well-being is closely tied to the well-being of the eco-system as a whole.

Environmental issues are important, and numerous employment opportunities exist for those who understand these matters. In both the public and private sectors of the economy, employers look for individuals with specific skills and training, and a broad understanding. The minor in Environmental Studies helps to prepare you for a wide range of employment opportunities.

         What are the core courses?

The Environment Studies minor requires the following core courses:

  • Environemental Science 101: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Humanities 175: Environmental Humanities
  • Political Science 159: Introduction to Environmental Inquiry
  • Environmental Science 300: Problems in Environmental Science
  • Humanities 373: Nature and Values
         What else should I know?

In addition ot core courses, you take three courses from the list below. All courses have an environmental focus. Two of the three courses need to be at the 300 or 400 level.

  • Anthropology 370
  • Chemistry 440
  • Communications 150, 250, 440
  • Criminal Justice 312
  • Environmental Science 230, 495
  • Forestry 230, 240, 250
  • Geology 301, 430
  • History 411
  • Sociology 319
  • Philosophy 331
  • Political Science 344, 345, 359, 455
  • Public Planning 302, 306, 402
  • Religious Studies 391

All of the courses for this minor have been approved for liberal studies and can count toward both the minor and the liberal studies requirement.


Northern Arizona University is committed to interdisciplinary, environmental education and is widely recognized as one of the leading institutions in this field.

For more information about the Environmental Studies minor at NAU, contact Marcus Ford at 520.523.9617

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