Human activities change our planetary environment and resources on a scale that was previously unimaginable. Local, regional, and global organizations and governing bodies are assessing the impact and establishing new practices to preserve resources for the current and future generations. Environmental and sustainability studies is a unique interdisciplinary program that combines environmental studies and sustainability, encouraging students to think deeply and act on the challenges and solutions to the problems of the environment and its limitations, especially relating to human impact. Experiential learning is emphasized, with opportunities for student involvement in the sustainability effort on the Agnes Scott campus and off-campus internships.  

Requirements for the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Minor: 

Minimum of 20 hours in core and elective courses. At least two of the courses in the minor must be at the 200-level or above. Courses taken from the Natural Science or Non-Science focused courses and not counted toward that requirement may be counted toward the Environmentally Related Courses requirement.

  • Core (one course):

    ESS-101 Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Science, Environmental Focus Courses (one course):

    BIO-108 Environmental Biology

    BIO-215 Marine Biology (alternate summers)

    BIO-308 Ecology (for Biology majors)

  • Non-Science Environmentally Focused Courses (one course):

    ESS-202 Public and Environmental Health Communication

    ESS-295 Topics in Environmental Leadership

    ESS-331 Environmental Health

    ESS-395 Topics in Global Environmental Challenges (may take twice if topic changes)

    PHI-109 Environmental Ethics

  • Environmentally Related Courses (two courses):

    BIO-270 Invertebrate Biology

    BIO-201 Microbiology

    CHE-270 Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

    ECO-105 Economic Issues and Policy

    HIS-342 History of Native Americans

    MAT-325 Modeling

    PHI-111 Problems of Philosophy

    POL-103 Introduction to World Politics

    POL-207 Modern Political Thought

    PH-101 Introduction to Public Health

    Appropriate cross-registration, summer, or study abroad courses as approved by ESS Program Co-Director

  • Internship or ESS-Related Research:

An approved 4 credit internship (ESS-450 Internship in Environmental and Sustainability Studies) or ESS-related research (ESS-440 Directed Research in Environmental and Sustainability Studies) may be substituted for a course in category 3 or 4 above, depending on the subject and content of the internship or directed research. Please consult with the ESS program directors for planning and approval.