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 entrepreneurship and startups, and become agents of the change needed to protect the environment in an equitable and effective way. 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. The minor is highly interdisciplinary, and open to all UCSC students.

Who We Are

Sue Carter, Rachel Carson Provost, and Minor Adviser

Tamara Ball, Minor Adviser

Diana Sarabia-Briseño, College Academic Adviser

Gwen Parden, Sustainability Minor Media and Communications Coordinator Jr.

Location/Contact Information

The Sustainability Studies Office is located in the Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Room 114.

Front Desk Phone: (831) 459-2361.

Advising Email: 

On the subject line add: Sustainability Studies Minor 

Making Appointments / Getting Your Questions Answered 

To ask a quick advising question, email us at emailing, please leave your student ID, name, and year, and on the subject line add Sustainability Studies Minor.

Most of our advising is done in Drop-In Advising. Students who have more complex issues, or who find it difficult to make it to our Drop-In Advising hours may request an appointment by calling or coming by setting an appointment through our calendar. 

To request an appointment: Make an appointment through this calendar.

None of these times work? 

Please feel free to contact us at ( with the subject line: Sustainability Studies Minor

Advising Office  Hours


Academic Year Hours:

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon & 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays

Drop-In Advising Hours (a subset of our office's business hours):

Monday: 11:00am-1:00pm

Thursdays: 10:00am-11:00am

Find us on Social Media: 

We go live on ucsc.ssminor every Wednesday from 10:00 am-10:30 am to answer questions and to update you all on any changes in the minor: classes, curriculum, etc... 

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