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.

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Who We Are

Sue Carter, Rachel Carson Provost, and Minor Adviser

Tamara Ball, Minor Adviser

Shraddha Waghela, College Academic Manager 

Nicole Macgaffey, 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 

Ready to Declare?

Find out how here 

How to Declare the Minor

Making Appointments / Getting Your Questions Answered 

For additional questions, 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 through SlugSuccess and appointments. Students who have more complex issues, or who find it difficult to make appointments can also contact us via email.

To request an appointment: Make an appointment through SlugSucess

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


Academic Year Hours:

Monday – Friday

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


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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