Minor in Environmental Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Environmental Studies

Upon completing the minor in Environmental Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamental science that drives earth/natural systems, and that frames and makes comprehensible current environmental issues.
  2. Evaluate the nexus of human activity with environmental processes to examine and understand sustainable (or unsustainable) practices.
  3. Develop a cross-disciplinary perspective to better understand environmental issues and solutions through a focus within the natural sciences and/or engineering and a focus within the humanities, social sciences, and/or architecture.

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Studies 

Students pursuing the minor in Environmental Studies must complete: 

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.  
  • A minimum of four courses (12 credit hours) at the 300-level or above.  

The Environmental Studies minor was specifically created to provide undergraduates from a broad range of academic backgrounds with a cohesive program offering foundational literacy in the social, cultural, and scientific dimensions of environmental issues, and a cross-disciplinary holistic understanding of the challenges and solutions for creating a sustainable world. Students completing the minor will be able to synthesize frameworks, tools, and perspectives from multiple disciplines; master sustainability terminology; understand major environmental issues from multiple perspectives; develop and assess environmental solutions in an informed and logical manner; and convey knowledge and insights about environmental issues in multiple formats. 

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor (or official certifier).  Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Environmental Studies 18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements
Core Course
ENST 100 / ARCH 105ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE AND SOCIETY3
Introductory Course
Select 1 from the following: 13
INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
THE EARTH
OCEANS AND GLOBAL CHANGE
OCEANOGRAPHY
THE SCIENCE BEHIND EARTH GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Elective Requirements 2
Schools of Architecture, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Select 2 from the following:6
THE SOCIAL LIFE OF CLEAN ENERGY
CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABILITY: THE REGENERATIVE REPOSITIONING OF NEW OR EXISING RICE CAMPUS BU
ENERGY ECONOMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
CONSUMPTION AND CONSUMERISM
LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
TOPICS IN LITERATURE AND ECOLOGY
VISUALIZING NATURE
FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE
20TH CENTURY AMERICAN CONSERVATION MOVEMENT
CULTURE, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY HUMANITIES
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: RICE INTO THE FUTURE
Schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Select 2 from the following:6
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
ENGINEERING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: THE DESIGN & PRACTICE OF COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE
ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT
TROPICAL FIELD BIOLOGY
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF BRAZILIAN WETLANDS LABORATORY
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
ECOLOGY
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS
LAB MODULE IN AQUATIC ECOLOGY WITH SCUBA
NANOMATERIALS FOR ENERGY
EARTH SYSTEM EVOLUTION AND CYCLES
GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES
VISUALIZING NATURE
INTRODUCTION TO BIOGEOCHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY
REMOTE SENSING
GIS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS
Total Credit Hours18

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the Minor in Environmental Studies

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Environmental Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificatesi.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Environmental Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

For additional information, please see the Environmental Studies Minor page, on the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences website: http://culturesofenergy.com/enst-minor/.

Opportunities for the Minor in Environmental Studies

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

For additional information, please see the Environmental Studies Minor page, on the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences website: http://culturesofenergy.com/enst-minor/.