College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2018-2019

School of Earth and Sustainability

Environmental Sciences, Minor

Students who feel passionately about the environment use this minor to pursue field work and research in what is undoubtedly a world-shaking science. The plan probes many perspectives, including those from humanities and from the natural and social sciences, to present possible solutions and to provoke a sense of shared responsibility for the Earth's finite resources.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Environmental Sciences?

Problems like climate change, species loss, and increased demand for finite resources become more critical every day. To better understand and improve your relationship with the natural world, consider adding an Environmental Sciences minor to your major.

You will study ecosystems and the ways humans interact with them using the perspectives of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. You will work extensively with full-time professors who have practical experience in the environmental sciences. You'll have many opportunities for field study and research; undergraduate students are included in all research projects. You will learn to solve environmental problems and prepare for a career in research, industry, education, government, or public service.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 22
Major GPA 2.0
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 108
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Optional


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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