Requirements for a Minor: 20 units

ENV 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4)

At least one course must be taken from each of the three following areas.

Natural Sciences Social Sciences Humanities
  • BIO 104 Marine Biology (4)
  • BIO 108 Animal Diversity (4)
  • BIO 125 General Ecology (4)
  • BIO 129 Tropical Ecology (4)
  • BIO 197 Biology and Faith (4)
  • CHM 004 Chemistry, Culture and the Environment (4)
  • LS 012 Introduction to Life Sciences (4)

Other natural science environmental courses offered at Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies or other Westmont-approved off-campus programs (e.g., Environmental Applications in GIS, Biological Agriculture, Conservation Biology, Land Resources, Restoration Ecology, Environmental Chemistry).

  • AN/KNS 140 Food Systems (4)
  • HIS 010ENV Perspectives on World History: Environment (4)
  • POL 103 Governing: Doing Public Policy (4)
  • POL 124 International Development (4)
  • POL 127 Environmental Politics (4)
  • SOC 161 Environmental Sociology (4)

Other social science environment courses offered at Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies or other Westmont-approved off-campus programs (e.g., Environmental Law and Politics, International Development and Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development)

  • ART 134 Land into Landscape: The Anthroposcenic Imagination (4)
  • COM 129 Persuasion and Propaganda (4)
  • COM 130 Argumentation and Advocacy (4)
  • ENG 002ENV Composition: Environment
  • ENG 006ENV Studies in Literature: Environment (4)
  • ENG 044ENV Studies in World Literature: Environment (4).      

Other humanities courses with a substantive environmental component, (e.g. RS-116 The Apocalypse, RS-134 Gender in Theological Perspective).  

Other Electives:

ENV-190 Environmental Studies Internship (1-4) [may be distributed into the three areas as appropriate.]

PEA-067A Trail Hiking and Running (1)

Other natural science, social science, or humanities courses with a substantive environmental component, special topics courses, or senior seminars may be approved by the minor advisor. 

At least two courses must be upper-division. Courses may have prerequisites. For courses where environmental issues are not the sole focus, students should choose an environment-related issue for any independent project assigned, as approved by the minor advisor.


ENV 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4) This course is an introduction to the main features of the environment and global environmental issues. It uses an interdisciplinary approach that includes environmental science, ethics, literature, history, politics, sociology, and economics. It cultivates a deep understanding of individual and corporate connections to the natural world in all its diversity, and helps students develop an interdisciplinary knowledge base and set of skills to engage contemporary environmental issues from local to global scales. It also situates stewardship of the earth in the context of Christian theology and social environmental ethics, fosters an ability to analyze and debate complex environmental problems, and devise constructive, imaginative strategies to address them.

ENV 190 Environmental Studies Internship (1-4) Prerequisite: ENV 001. Internship experience in environment-related fields such as environmental advocacy, communication, art, or writing; resource management, wildlife management, habitat restoration, sustainable agriculture, green business, wildness therapy, or nature literacy. Internships will preferably be performed in Santa Barbara or in conjunction with the Westmont in San Francisco program.

Career Paths

A strong education in environmental studies will prepare you in innumerable ways for careers in governmental, academic, for-profit and/or non-profit institutions.  Potential career paths include environmental law, green business, science journalism, wilderness therapy, outdoor education, natural resource management, restoration ecology, and sustainable agriculture.