Degree Requirements

General Requirements

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the minor degree requirements listed below.

Requirements for the Minor

Five units to include:

  • ENVR 101, Introduction to the Environment
  • One policy elective (see list below)
  • Two general electives (see list below)
  • ENVR 400, Senior Seminar in Environmental Policy and Decision Making


Four requirements must be completed on campus at Puget Sound, including ENVR 101, the policy elective, and ENVR 400.

Policy Electives

One unit selected from the following policy courses.

  • ECON 325, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • ECON/ENVR 327 Climate Change: Economics, Policy, and Politics
  • ENVR 310, Environmental Decision Making
  • ENVR 322, Water Policy
  • ENVR/PG 326, People, Politics, and Parks
  • ENVR/PG 382 Global Environmental Politics
  • IPE 331, International Political Economy of Food and Hunger
  • PG 305, U.S. Environmental Policy
  • PG 309, Applied Environmental Politics and Agenda Setting

General Electives

Two additional units selected either from the policy courses above or the following general elective courses. At least one of the courses used to fulfill this requirement must be outside the student's major program. The courses used to fulfill this requirement may not count towards the requirements for both the minor and a major. Students should contact the specific department to determine when a course will be offered. Students may also use one unit of independent study or internship (ENVR 495/496 or INTN 497).

  • BIOL 370, Conservation Biology
  • CONN 320, Ecotourism as a Tool for Conservation and Sustainable Development in Sikkim India (PacRim course)
  • ENGL 374, Literature and the Environment
  • ENVR 201, Environmental Policy Tools and Topics
  • ENVR/GEOL 315, Energy Resources
  • ENVR/GEOL 324, Tools and Topics in Environmental Science
  • ENVR 325, Geological and Environmental Catastrophes
  • ENVR 335, Thinking about Biodiversity
  • ENVR 340, Climate Change
  • ENVR 350, Puget Sound Environmental Issues I: Politics and Public Participation
  • ENVR 351, Puget Sound Environmental Issues II: Laws and Land Use Designations
  • ENVR 352, Sustainability in Everyday Life
  • ENVR 495/496, Independent Study
  • ENVR 498, Internship Tutorial
  • GEOL 310, Water Resources
  • GEOL 330, Regional Field Geology
  • HIST 364, American Environmental History
  • HIST 369, History of the West and the Pacific Northwest
  • INTN 497, Internship Seminar
  • PHIL 285, Environmental Ethics
  • SOAN 230, Indigenous Peoples: Alternative Political Economies
  • SOAN 316, Social and Cultural Change
  • SOAN 407/IPE 407, Political Ecology
  • SOAN 481, Special Topics: Environmental Anthropology
  • STS 344, History of Ecology