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Explore the environmental science minor at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's environmental science minor is for students who have strong interests in biological diversity and environmental conservation. The minor emphasizes the study of environmental issues, ecology and conservation, and water and earth resources through the application of concepts and methods from multiple disciplines throughout the university.

Rooted in experiential, outside-the-classroom learning, you'll explore fascinating topics like aquatic ecology, water resources and biostatistics. A capstone course allows you to take your studies to the field and explore new areas like the Rocky Mountains. Environmental science minors are also encouraged to study abroad, intern and participate in the National Student Exchange for access to even more environmental courses and experiences. 

An excellent complement to a major in biology, ecology and environmental biology, political science, environmental geography, geology - environmental science or environmental public health, the minor provides endless opportunities for growth. Graduates go on to become valuable assets to a multitude of companies, agencies and entities, due to their broad environmental knowledge and sustainability insights. The minor also provides many personal benefits, giving you clear direction on ways you can positively impact our environment and those around you. 

Why environmental science at UW-Eau Claire?

Countless job opportunities. The environmental science minor equips you with knowledge and skills for a variety of career paths. You may choose to pursue a career in horticulture, meteorology, environmental law or sanitation. The minor focuses on ways you can conserve our natural resources, making you an ideal employee for many organizations.

Travel-focused. The environmental science minor is designed to get you outdoors and discover real ways to make social and environmental change. Courses allow for opportunities to restore habitats, conduct conservation research and study human impacts on tropical ecosystems. Cultural immersion programs, internships and study abroad will take you across the globe, giving you new insights and perspectives. 

Personalized education. The majority of the minor is made up of courses chosen by you, giving you the ability to personalize your education and study the topics that interest you. Explore courses in life sciences, physical science, social sciences, health, philosophy and economics. This multidisciplinary approach allows you to learn from a variety of departments and faculty members, each with unique backgrounds and specialties.

Ranked an environmentally-responsible

Green College

by the 2024 Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges

Environmental science minor curriculum

Courses in the environmental science minor will highlight the complex relationships between environmental issues and society. Using a multidisciplinary approach, you will study environmental topics through a selection of elective courses of interest to you. A focus on real-world curriculum will provide you with opportunities to go into the field and address issues regarding the conservation of biological diversity and natural resources.

What classes do environmental science minors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the environmental science minor in the UWEC catalog.

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Department information

Multiple departments support this program. Learn more about them!

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Phillips Science Hall 330
101 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Visit the Biology department website
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Public Health and Environmental Studies

Hibbard Humanities Hall 384
124 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Visit the Public Health and Environmental Studies department website