Sep 16, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Environmental and Resource Studies Minor

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Alison McNally, (Geography), Ph.D., Coordinator
Augustine Avwunudiogba (Geography), Ph.D., Adviser
David Colnic (Politics & Public Administration), Ph.D., Adviser
Jose Díaz-Garayúa (Geography), Ph.D., Adviser
Peggy Hauselt (Geography), Ph.D., Adviser
Jennifer Helzer (Geography), Ph.D., Adviser
Patrick A. Kelly, Ph.D., Adviser
Ann K. Kohlhaas, (Biological Sciences), Ph.D., Adviser

Office: Bizzini Hall 215
Phone: (209) 667-3127

The minor in Environmental and Resource Studies is an interdisciplinary program open to students in any major. It is intended for students who are concerned with environmental and resource issues and with the interactions of natural systems and social processes. The focus of the minor is on the complex problems of human-environment relationships.

Upper-division courses counted in the major may not be counted towards the minor. However, courses in the minor may be used to satisfy prerequisites to the major and general education requirements, if applicable. See the General Education Breadth Requirements section in this catalog for current information.


To qualify for this academic minor, students must complete the required number of units with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C).

(25 units minimum)

Complete a minimum of 25 units, including at least eight upper-division units, as outlined below:

1. Complete the following required courses in natural and social sciences:

(10 units)

2. Complete one of the following courses:

(3-4 units)

3. Complete a minimum of 12 units of elective courses in consultation with the minor adviser from the list below.

At least six units must come from the natural sciences and six units from the social sciences or humanities.

Note: Students also are advised to complete an introductory course in statistics.


Courses not given prior approval may not be counted towards the minor. Also, upon approval of the minor adviser, one to three units of individual study or internship may be applied towards elective categories under 3.

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