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Online and Continuing Education Environmental Studies Minor

Environmental Studies Minor

“My pursuit of the Environmental Studies minor in conjunction with the Management major was a personal choice for multiple reasons: to increase my environmental consciousness and strive to minimize my own negative impact on our planet; it’s important to my employer and helps me to stay aligned in working to achieve our business objectives; and it’s important to other employers as well which makes me more marketable in the labor market.”

Chris Hukill, Supply Chain Development Manager, BS, Linfield College


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You may elect this minor as a means of adding an environmental perspective to your major field of study. Because our whole being and our very survival as a species are so intimately connected with a healthy biosphere, Environmental Studies is highly interdisciplinary with almost every field in the liberal arts curriculum involved. While the field traditionally draws most heavily from the natural and social sciences, studies in the humanities are also important for developing skills in communication and interpretation.

What is a Minor?

In addition to any online degree program, you may elect to complete the requirements for a minor. A minor program consists of 20-30 credits, including prerequisites and support courses. At least 10 of the credits included in a minor must be taken at or through Linfield.

Employment Opportunities in the Field

  • Conservation and natural resources
  • Environmental policy
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Environmental advocacy, outreach and communication
  • Environmental engineering and scientific service jobs
  • Outdoor and environmental education
  • Waste management treatment and operations

Courses You Will Take

Required Courses:

  • ENVS 201 Environmental Science (4)
  • ENVS 202 Environmental Governance (4)

Field-Based Ecology Course: (Select one course)

*Field-based courses are offered in Summer Term

  • ENVS 306 Fire History of the Cascades (3)
  • BIOL 380 Marine Ecology (4)
  • ENVS 302 Shoreline Ecology (3)

Natural Science Elective: (Select one course without duplication from the list above)

  • BIOL 380 Marine Ecology (4)
  • ENVS 302 Shoreline Ecology (3)
  • ENVS 305 Environmental Issues and the Physical Sciences (3)
  • ENVS 306 Fire Ecology (3)
  • ENVS 360 Forest Ecology and Management (4)
  • ENVS 440 Epidemiology (3)
  • ENVS 450 Environmental Health (3)

Social Science and Humanities Elective: (Select one course)

  • ECON 341 Environmental Economics (4)
  • ENVS/ANTH 203 Human Adaptive Strategies (4)
  • ENVS 303 Human Ecosystems (3)
  • ENVS 304 Climate Change (3)
  • ENGL 304 Environmental Literature (3)
  • PHIL 306 Environmental Ethics (3)

Select one additional ENVS course at the 300 level or above

*Other courses with environmental content may count; contact the ENVS chair.

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I’d like to find out more. What is the next step?

Interested students can fill out the Request Information form or call 503-883-2213 to connect with an admission counselor. Alternatively, if you are ready to invest in your future you may apply now.