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Rice University’s Environmental Studies (ENST) Minor

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the interconnection between humans and the natural environment. Modern environmental issues reflect the complex interactions of natural and social systems at global and local scales, and the resulting impacts on the Earth have led many to ask whether humankind has entered into a new epoch in the planet’s history, one in which humans are now a key driver in the change of Earth systems. 

Rice’s Environmental Studies program fosters the critical, integrative thinking required to better understand the complexities of this human-nature relationship and the resultant scales of impact, and to assess and develop solutions that meet intergenerational human needs without compromising the natural systems upon which humans depend.  

The Environmental Studies program offers an undergraduate minor in Environmental Studies (ENST) and several interdisciplinary courses for students interested in broadening their understanding of environmental issues. 

For requirements and elective courses for the ENST minor, see here

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is ENST 100 a distribution course? Yes! ENST 100 counts for D2 distribution credit.
  • Can I count a study abroad class towards the minor? We will review requests for approval of study-abroad classes for credit towards the minor on a case-by-case basis. Requests should be directed to Dominic Boyer (dcb2@rice.edu).
  • Can I add or substitute relevant courses that are not already on the minor’s approved list of electives? We recognize that the curriculum is dynamic, and new environmental courses are created on a regular basis. We will review requests for additions or substitutions on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact Dominic Boyer (dcb2@rice.edu) for more information.

The Environmental Studies minor is administered by CENHS, Rice’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences.  Students seeking additional advice regarding the Environmental Studies minor should contact Dr. Dominic Boyer, Director of CENHS (dcb2@rice.edu).

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