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The Environmental Systems Minor

A minor in Environmental Systems will expose students to the interdisciplinary approach necessary to address environmental problems.  The program places a strong emphasis on a rigorous natural science foundation.  Thus, most of the courses related to the minor have significant prerequisites; students planning an Environmental Systems minor should check catalog course description carefully. 

The minor consists of twenty-eight units, at least twenty of which must be upper-division.  Courses required by a student’s major may not be applied toward a minor.  Up to 2 courses for the minor may be taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis, (upper or lower division).  Students must earn at least a letter grade of C- in the remaining 5 or more courses used for the minor.  Students considering the Environmental Systems minor are strongly advised to meet with the associate director or the program adviser.

The minor is structured as followed:

Lower-Division Courses:

Any two of the following lower-division courses, if they are NOT lower-division requirements for the student’s major, may be applied to satisfy eight of the total units necessary for the minor:

  • Biology 3           
  • Math 10A-10B-10C
  • Chemistry 6A-6B-6C
  • Physics 1A-AL, 1B-BL, 1C-CL
  • Economics
  • SIO: any lower division course           
  • Environmental Systems 10
  • Environmental Studies 30

Required core courses:

  • Environmental Systems 101, offered every Fall Quarter
  • Environmental Systems 102, offered every Winter Quarter
  • Environmental Systems 103, offered every Spring Quarter

NOTE:  ESYS 102 and ESYS 103 all have significant prerequisites; students planning an Environmental Systems minor should check course descriptions and prerequisites carefully. 

Upper-Division Electives:

At least 2 additional upper-division courses from upper-division electives from the advanced tracks in the Environmental Systems major.  The lists of upper-division electives are reviewed and updated each quarter.  They are available in the Environmental Systems office and on the Program web site.  Students are advised to consult with the program advisers or associate director.

Contact Info

Galbraith Hall, 3rd Floor, Rooms 365-368
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093


Office Hours
8am-12pm &

Walk-in Advising:
Mon-Thurs: 10-11:30am & 1:30-3pm

*Tuesday hours will take place at the SIO Campus, Eckart 211*


Current UCSD students: 
Please submit your questions via the VAC. An advisor will respond to you within 1-3 business days.