Environmental Studies (Interdisciplinary Minor)

The environmental studies minor adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the development of environmental literacy and competency as it pertains to the breadth of academic disciplines at Whitworth. The minor integrates natural science, social science and humanities to help students attain a balanced education that encourages careful stewardship of the earth. The minor will comprise two required courses (three credits each) as well as 15 elective credits from an approved list, with at least one course each in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. 

Benefits to Students. The environmental studies minor will provide Whitworth students with the following:

  • an enhanced ability to think critically about some of the most pressing questions of our day and to consider the environmental impact of their personal and professional decisions;
  • a broad approach to environmental issues, including scientific, social, and economic perspectives;
  • a greater appreciation for the application of faith and learning to creation care and environmental stewardship;
  • enhanced marketability: Employers are increasingly concerned with the ramifications of the environmental impacts of their endeavors, and they hire accordingly.¬† Students pursuing graduate education will be more competitive as a result of the broad perspective provided by this minor.

Requirements for an Environmental Studies Minor (21-23)

ENS/BI 120Introduction to Environmental Science3
ENS/PO/EC 250Environment and Society3
One of the following:3
Redemption of Creation
Theology & Ecology
Natural Sciences, choose one of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Plants in Culture
Marine Biology
Plant Taxonomy
Ecological Measures
Landscape Ecology
Animal Behavior
Plant Physiology
Central American Field Ecology
Field Marine Ecology
Environmental Microbiology
Green Chemistry
Chemistry and Health (Cross-listed as CH 112)
Chemistry in Modern Living
Environmental Chemistry (Cross-listed as CH 331)
Understanding Earth
Environmental Geology
Earth and Sky
Physics in Current Events
Note: BI-296 & 396, CH-396 & 496 courses will apply toward this requirement. See advisor for details.
Social Sciences & Humanities, choose one of the following:3-4
Globalization in Southeast Asia
International Political Economy
Population Analysis
Writing I (Environmental Ethics or Sustainable Living sections) *
Northwest Writers
Pacific Northwest History
Electives. Complete an additional six credits from any of the lists above. Education students may also fufill elective credits by taking the following in fulfillment of the requirements for the Washington state Environmental/Sustainability Education Endorsement6
Science: K-9 Methods and Assessment **
Science in Secondary School **
Environmental and Sustainability Education in the K-12 Classroom **
At least one of the courses in the minor must be upper division (300 or 400 level).

 Selected sections only. Please see your advisor.


Students fulfilling requirements for the ESE endorsement should take EDU 410 AND either EDU 343 OR EDU 455.


ENS 101Earth and Sky (Cross-listed as NS 101)3
ENS 102Introductory Biology (Cross-listed as BI 102)3
ENS 105Plants in Culture (Cross-listed as BI 105)3
ENS 110Writing I (Environmental Ethics on Sustainable Living Sections, Cross-listed as EL 110)3
ENS 111Marine Biology (Cross-listed as BI 111)3
ENS 112Green Chemistry (Cross-listed as CH 111)3
ENS 113Chemistry and Health (Cross-listed as CH 112)3
ENS 120Introduction to Environmental Science (Cross-listed as BI 120)3
ENS 122Chemistry in Modern Living (Cross-listed as CH 122)3
ENS 131Understanding Earth (Cross-listed as GL 131)4
ENS 139Environmental Geology (Cross-listed as GL 139)3
ENS 146Physics in Current Events (Cross-listed as PS 146)3
ENS 212Redemption of Creation (Cross-listed as TH 212)3
ENS 214Theology & Ecology (Cross-listed as TH 214)3
ENS 250Environment and Society (Cross-listed as PO 250 and EC 250)3
ENS 275Population Analysis (Cross-listed as SO 275)3
ENS 303Plant Taxonomy (Cross-listed as BI 303)4
ENS 304Ecological Measures (Cross-listed as BI 304)4
ENS 305Landscape Ecology (Cross-listed as BI 305)4
ENS 305LLab: Landscape Ecology (Cross-listed as BI 305L)0
ENS 305WLandscape Ecology (Cross-listed as BI 305W)4
ENS 310Northwest Writers (Cross-listed as EL 310)3
ENS 324Animal Behavior (Cross-listed as BI 324)4
ENS 331Plant Physiology (Cross-listed as BI 331)4
ENS 332Environmental Chemistry (Cross-listed as CH 331)3
ENS 341Central American Field Ecology (Cross-listed as BI 341)4
ENS 345Ecology (Cross-listed as BI 345)4
ENS 347Globalization in Southeast Asia (Cross-listed as PO 347)3
ENS 353International Political Economy (Cross-listed as PO 353)3
ENS 369Mycology (Cross-listed as BI 369)4
ENS 369LLab: Mycology (Cross-listed as BI 369L)0
ENS 369WMycology (Cross-listed as BI 369W)4
ENS 384Pacific Northwest History (Cross-listed as HI 384)3
ENS 448Environmental Microbiology (Cross-listed as BI 448)4
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