Environmental Science and Studies Minor

The minor is designed for students wishing to remain in another discipline but having an interest in the environment as an area of application. Students must take two core courses designed as preliminary courses in the scientific and societal dimensions of environmental issues and problems and in the tools for their solution.

Students who major in the B.A. or B.S. environmental degree programs are not allowed to minor in environmental science and studies.


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
ENEC 201IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Environment and Society H, F4
ENEC 202IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to the Environmental Sciences4
Three additional ENEC courses (at least one at the 400 level or higher)9-12
Total Hours17-20

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.


FY-Launch class sections may be available. A FY-Launch section fulfills the same requirements as a standard section of that course, but also fulfills the FY-SEMINAR/FY-LAUNCH First-Year Foundations requirement. Students can search for FY-Launch sections in ConnectCarolina using the FY-LAUNCH attribute.

Environment, Ecology, and Energy (ENEC) course descriptions.

Students must see an ENEC advisor to discuss potential courses. Depending on the courses selected, the minor requires between 17 and 20 credit hours.

See the program page here for special opportunities.

Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program

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3202 Murray Hall, CB# 3275

(919) 962-1270


Paul W. Leslie


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Amy E. Cooke


Student Services Manager

Violet Anderson