Sustainability Studies Minor Program

Rachel Carson College is the home of a Minor in Sustainability Studies, designed for students who want to work in the sustainability field, pursue green entrepreneurships and startups, and become agents of the change needed to protect the environment in an equitable and effective way. The minor is highly interdisciplinary, and open to all UCSC students. The Sustainability Studies minor offers a model for new college-based undergraduate curricula and pedagogies and emphasizes the central academic role of UCSC’s college system on the campus.

During Academic Year 2017-18, the curricular requirements for the minor are changing (see below).  Students wishing to declare the minor have catalog rights from their first year of enrollment at UCSC, which means that anyone who arrived prior to Spring 2017 can meet the old curricula requirements (see here), while students arriving in Fall 2017 or later must meet the new ones.  If you are exercising catalog rights prior to 2016-17, you MUST meet first with the program director (Ronnie Lipschutz,

Instructors for taking courses in and declaring the minor can be found in the lefthand navigation.