Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Environmental Studies



Minor requirements

The minor in Environmental Studies is designed to help students appreciate the diversity and complexity of current environmental issues. Solving environmental problems requires an interdisciplinary approach and frequently involves collaboration of individuals with expertise in the natural sciences and humanities. Therefore, students are encouraged to view the environment from different perspectives, to integrate the knowledge they acquire with their in-depth knowledge in their major, and to gain practical experience through an internship with an environmental focus.

The minor in environmental studies consists of five courses selected from the group listed below. At least two courses must be selected from the humanities and social sciences and at least two from natural sciences. At least one course must be at the 300 level or above. In addition, each student is required to complete an internship related to the environment.

Environmental Studies minor worksheet

Humanities and social sciences

Two or three of the following courses:
ANTH 101 Human Evolution
ANTH 210 Feast or Famine: The Ecology and Politics of Food
ANTH 245 Indigenous Movements of Latin America
CLAS 262 or CLAS 362 The Ancient Landscape: From Mythology to Ecology
ECON 252 Urban Economics
HIST 298 U.S. Environmental History
INT 210 Water Resources Planning and Management
INT 215 Coastal Zone Management
PHIL 111 Ethics
POLS 198 Introduction to Public Policy
POLS 381 Environmental Politics in the United States
REL 242 Religion and Ecology
REL 357 Indigenous Religions
REL 399 Reading in Sustainable Food
SOC 200 Social Movements
SOC 265 Food and Society
SOC 295 Globalization
SOC 298 Environmental Sociology

Natural sciences

Two or three of the following courses:
BIO 111 Evolution and Ecology
BIO 115 Natural History of New England Forests
BIO 201 Environmental Science
BIO 215 Ecology
BIO 226 or PSY 226 Comparative Animal Behavior
BIO 231 Marine Biology
BIO 252 Parasitology and Symbiosis
BIO 261 Economic Botany
BIO 290 Biology of Whales*
BIO 291 Introduction to Marine Mammals*
BIO 303 Evolution
BIO 320 Evolution of Invertebrates
BIO 364 Freshwater and Marine Botany
BIO 375 Ornithology
BIO 390 Biology of Fishes*
CHEM 103 Chemistry and Your Environment
CHEM 105 Earth, Wind and Fire: Science of the Earth System
CHEM 303 Current Problems in Environmental Chemistry
PHYS 160 Geology
PHYS 165 Climate Change, Past and Present
PHYS 227 Remote Sensing
PHYS 298 Meteorology and Oceanography

*Offered through the Marine Studies Consortium


Students must complete an internship or independent research project with an environmental focus. Internships must be approved by the program coordinator in advance. Internships should be completed no later than January of the senior year. Independent research with a faculty member may receive credit, but other internships will not normally be given college credit.

Environmental Studies Internship Approval (pdf)

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