Environmental studies minors will be knowledgeable about core scientific concepts that allow them to understand ecological processes and change; be able to understand different ways of assessing the value of the natural environment and be comfortable with different means of examining and communicating about the environment; and be familiar with the ways in which social institutions contribute to environmental problems and may be utilized for solutions to those problems. They should also understand their own roles as actors within the human-environment relationship. The environmental studies minor will complement a major in a traditional department so that students will combine a detailed understanding of the knowledge and methods within a discipline with a focus on a particular topic.

Students with an environmental studies minor will complete their I.S. project within their major department. However, they are encouraged to include an environmental component to their I.S. when possible, and the environmental studies faculty will endeavor to help them to do so.