Environmental and Urban Studies Minor

If you declared your Environmental and Urban Studies minor before Fall 2019, click here for guidelines.

New Minor Program Guidelines for Fall 2019

Students who are not Environmental and Urban Studies majors may complete a minor in Environmental and Urban Studies. Such a minor requires 6 courses be taken according to the following guidelines:


  • Environmental
  • Urban

Requirements for both Minor Tracks (six courses):

ENST 21201 Human Impact on the Environment 100
ENST 20150 Sustainable Urban Development 100
Total Units 200

Additional Requirements for Minor Environmental Track (4 additional courses)

ENST 21301 Making the Natural World: Foundations of Human Ecology 100
Three courses in the Environmental Track* 300
Total Units 400

Additional Requirements for Minor Urban Track (4 courses)

ENST 24600 Introduction to Urban Sciences 100
One course in urban social sciences* 100
Two urban track elective courses* 200
Total Units 400

Students who elect the minor program in Environmental and Urban Studies should meet with the program director before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor and select appropriate courses. The approval of the program director for the minor program should be submitted to a student's College adviser by the deadline above on a form obtained from the adviser.

Courses in the minor (1) may not be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors and (2) may not be counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and at least half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.