Environmental Studies

Climate Studies Minor

20 credits

The climate studies minor aims to provide students with a course of study that helps deepen knowledge about the climate crisis with applications and solutions derived from many academic disciplines. The minor can be integrated with – and complement – any existing major or future career.

No more than 4 credits may count toward another major or minor.

Required Core Courses: 14 credits (Foundations)

1. ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies (4) (BN)
2. Natural Sciences (4)
  • ENVR 331: Science of Global Climate Changes (4)  OR
  • INTG 278A: Energy and the Environment (4) (NS, NW, QR, TF-MV)  OR
  • 4 credits of CHEM 343: Climate and Habitat Change, CHEM 344A: Environmental Chemistry-Atmosphere, and CHEM 344B: Environmental Chemistry-Lithosphere
3. Social Sciences (4)
  • ENVR 303: Climate Action Workshop (4) (EX, TF-JU)  OR
  • ENVR 377A: Energy and Society (4) (SS, SW, TF-JU)
4. ENVR 306: Global Climate Change Policy (2) (SW, TE3-JU)

Upper Division Electives: 6 credits

Part 1. Applications in diverse fields (4 credits)
  • ART 218: Intro to Computer Art (AE, FA, TE1/2-TR)
  • CHEM 343: Climate and Habitat Change (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 250 and 255 or departmental permission
  • CHEM 344A: Environmental Chemistry, Atmosphere (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 250 and 255 or departmental permission
  • CHEM 344B: Environmental Chemistry, Lithosphere (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 250 and 255 or departmental permission
  • CHEM 346: Nanomaterials (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or 318 or departmental permission
  • CHEM 354: Sustainable Energy (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 250 and 255 or departmental permission
  • COMM 378A: Environmental Rhetoric (BN, HM, HE, TF-MV)
  • ECON 318: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (TE3-JU)
    Prerequisite: ECON 111 or instructor permission
  • EDUC 323: Elementary Science Content (NW, TE3-TR)
  • ENVR 300D: World Literature of Climate Change (HE, WR, TE3-JU)
  • ENVR 300Q: Environmental Health
  • ENVR 300T: Sustainable Agriculture Science (NW, TE3-MV)
  • ENVR 303: Climate Action Workshop (EX, TF-JU)
  • ENVR 305: United Nations Climate Change Conference (2 credits) (SW, TE3-JU)
  • ENVR 315: American Environmental Liturature (HM, HE, WR, TE3-JU)
  • ENVR 327: Gender and Environment (CS, ES, GE)
  • ENVR 331: Science of Climate Changes
  • ENVR 377A: Energy and Society (SS, SW, TF-JU)
  • GBUS 368: Sustainable Business
  • INTG 278A: Energy and the Environment (NS, NW, QR, TF-MV)
  • NUTR 240: Food Systems: Policies and Controversies (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: NUTR 125
  • NUTR 326: Global Malnutrition and Disease (SW, TF-TR)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 125 and NUTR 323
  • PCST 354: Global Environmental Politics
  • POLS 330: Environmental Politics and Policy
  • POLS 350A: Sustainable Urban Planning (TE3-JU)
  • SOCI 349: Environmental Anthropology (SW, TE3-JU)
Part 2. Integrating and Deepening Knowledge (2)
  • ENVR 305: United Nations Climate Change Conference (2 credits) (SW, TE3-JU)  OR
    Attends the U.N. climate negotiations, admission by competitive application process each February
  • ENVR 371: Climate Studies Capstone (2 credit ILP)
    College of Saint Benedict
    Saint John’s University

    Dr. Derek Larson
    Chair, Environmental Studies
    SJU Peter Engel 235
    320-363-3247

    Jennifer Kutter
    Department Coordinator
    SJU Peter Engel 201
    320-363-3163

    envstudies@csbsju.edu