Minor in Environmental Systems and Society

Overview of Environmental Systems and Society Minor

The undergraduate Environmental Systems and Society minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major program of study with courses addressing the relationships between environmental science and associated social and political issues. The minor seeks to impart a deeper understanding of environmental systems related to air, land, water and biological resources. A main goal of the program is to provide students with a foundation for sound decision making as a professional and a citizen.

Students in the Environmental Science B.S. degree program who want to choose this minor should follow the course requirements listed here.


For consideration of courses outside the regular curriculum, please use this form: IoES Petition

Required Lower-Division Courses (minimum 8 units)

Completion of at least two of the following:

  • ASTRO 3 - Astronomy: Nature of the Universe
  • A&O SCI 1 - Climate and Climatic Change
  • A&O SCI 2 - Air Pollution
  • A&O SCI 3 - Introduction to Atmospheric Environment
  • EPS SCI 1 - Introduction to Earth Science
  • EPS SCI 15 - Introduction to Oceanography
  • EPS SCI 16 - Major Events in History of Life
  • EPS SCI 20 - Natural History of Southern California
  • EE BIOL 10 - Plants and Civilization
  • EE BIOL 13 - Evolution of Life
  • EE BIOL 25 - Marine Biology
  • ENVIRON M1A/B/C - Global Environment: Multidisciplinary Perspective I, II and Special Topics
  • ENVIRON M10 - Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVIRON 12 - Sustainability and the Environment
  • ENVIRON 25 - Good Food for Everyone: Health, Sustainability, and Culture
  • ENVIRON M30 & M30SL - Introduction to Environmental Humanities (and Intro to Environmental Humanities/Service Learning)
  • GEOG 1 - Physical Environment
  • GEOG 2 - Biogeography: Spatial Dynamics of Biological Diversity in a Changing World
  • GEOG 5 - People and the Earth's Ecosystems

Required Upper-Division Courses (minimum 20 units):

Completion of at least five of the following:

  • ENVIRON M109 - Human Impact on Biophysical Environment
  • ENVIRON M111 - Earth and Its Environment
  • ENVIRON 121 - Conservation of Biodiversity
  • ENVIRON M130 - Environmental Change
  • ENVIRON M132 - Environmentalism: Past, Present and Future
  • ENVIRON M133 - Environmental Sociology
  • ENVIRON M134 - Environmental Economics
  • ENVIRON M135 - California Sustainable Development: Economic Perspective
  • ENVIRON M137 - Historical Geography of American Environment
  • ENVIRON 150 - Environmental Journalism, Science Communications, and New Media
  • ENVIRON M153 - Introduction to Sustainable Architecture and Community Planning
  • ENVIRON M155 - Energy in the Modern Economy
  • ENVIRON 157 - Energy, Development and the Environment
  • ENVIRON 159 - Life Cycle Analysis of Sustainability Assessment
  • ENVIRON 160 - Topics in Environmental Economics and Policy
  • ENVIRON M161 - Global Environment and World Politics
  • ENVIRON 162 - Entrepreneurship and Finance for Environmental Scientists
  • ENVIRON 163 - Business and Natural Environment
  • ENVIRON M164 - Environmental Politics and Governance
  • ENVIRON 166 - Leadership in Water Management
  • ENVIRON M167 - Environmental Justice through Multiple Lenses
  • ENVIRON 186 - Comparative Sustainability in Local and Global Settings
  • ENVIRON 188A - Variable topics courses (4 unit)
  • ENVIRON 185 Series - Education for Sustainable Living program fall, winter and spring series.

Please consult the current Course Offerings file linked above for new additions and other options.

To enter the minor, students must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 grade-point average) and file a petition at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability SAO office (Life Science 2308, 310-206-9193).

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major or minor requirements in any other department or program, and at least 16 units applied toward the minor must be taken in residence at UCLA. Transfer or substitution of credit for any of the above is subject to Institute approval; consult an academic adviser at the Institute before enrolling in any off-list courses for the minor.

All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students pursuing the Environmental Science B.S. major with the Environmental Systems and Society minor/concentration must follow the program guidelines here.

For questions regarding your General Education requirements and University requirements, please visit your counseling unit:

For more info contact:

Royce Dieckmann
Student Affairs Officer
Office: LS 2308
(310) 206-9193

For counseling, please sign in on the sheet outside Life Sciences 2308 for same day or future appointments. Counseling hours are generally Monday - Friday 10 am - 12 pm and 2 - 4 pm.

Undergraduate Advising Message Board

Subscribe to EnviSci Piazza

List provides information to students in the major and minor.

Social Media

Join Facebook Group

A facebook group for students, alumni, and faculty of the UCLA Environmental Science Program.

Follow us on Twitter

Environmental Science Alumni Group

All Environmental Science majors past and present are invited to join the Environmental Science Alumni Group (ESAG).

General Education Requirements

For questions regarding your General Education requirements and University requirements, please go to your counseling unit: