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 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.

If you are a transfer student and wish to declare the minor, please click here.

During Academic Year 2017-18, the curricular requirements for the minor will be 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 fulfill the old curricula requirements (see here), while students arriving in Fall 2017 or later must meet the new ones.  If you wish to declare and are exercising catalog rights prior to 2016-17, you MUST meet first with the program director (Ronnie Lipschutz,

A listing of courses and instructions for declaring the minor can be found in the lefthand navigation bar.