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The Minor in Environmental Science & Policy

The Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) minor is designed for students with an interest in environmental issues and sustainability and a commitment to scientifically-based problem solving and policy analysis. The minor consists of six courses chosen with the guidance and approval of an ES&P minor adviser. Interested students are urged to meet with an ES&P adviser early in their academic planning. See the faculty page for a full list of advisers.


The ES&P minor requires six courses. These include:

For three of the six courses, two must be 200-level or higher; normally the third should be above the 100-level. ENV 100 may not be used as an elective. ERG 100 has several rotating themes and may count toward the minor when the focus is on energy and sustainability. ENV 201/202 and ENV 311 may count as electives toward the minor, but do not fulfill either the natural science or the social science, humanities and policy requirements. We recommend taking a course in Geographic Information Systems (e.g. ENV/GEO 150) as an elective.

Appropriate Smith courses not listed as electives, Five College courses, or courses taken at other institutions and through summer and/or semester-away programs may be counted for the minor with pre-approval of the adviser. Students must satisfy the prerequisites for all courses included in their minor program. No more than three of the six courses may be taken at other institutions. No more than one course may be taken S/U; ENV 101 may not be taken S/U.