CNR offers seven undergraduate minor programs spanning a range of biological, physical, and social science disciplines. If you would like to declare a minor in one of the areas listed below, please contact the Undergraduate Staff Advisor for the department offering the minor in which you are interested.

Conservation and Resource Studies

Conservation and Resource Studies (CRS) is an interdisciplinary program designed for students interested in environmental issues from both the social science and natural science perspectives. Students may study areas of interaction among natural resources, population, energy, technology, societal institutions, and cultural values. Students may elect to complete this minor through a list of preapproved courses or develop their own interdisciplinary group of courses similar to the structure of the CRS major.

Energy and Resources Group

Energy and Resources Group (ERG) offers undergraduates the opportunity to develop basic knowledge and skills to help them address the complex and interdependent issues associated with the interaction of social, economic, political, technical, and environmental factors. Though it is designed primarily to complement majors in the natural sciences and engineering, the ERG minor may be pursued by students in any major with the appropriate prerequisites.

Environmental Economics and Policy

Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) offers interested students an opportunity to explore aspects of economic and political institutions that affect the development and management of natural resources and the environment.

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Student in a nutritional sciences lab.

Food Systems

Food Systems (FS) minor is for students who are interested in exploring the role of food within the environment and society.  Drawing from diverse fields as far ranging as ecology, sociology, the humanities, nutrition, history, and economics, the food systems minor critically examines issues of contemporary food and agriculture from a whole-systems perspective.  

Forestry and Natural Resources

Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) minor is for students who are interested in learning about these subjects as an adjunct to their chosen fields. Students from many different majors, such as integrative biology, business administration, and civil engineering, find this minor complementary to their professional career goals.

Geospatial Information Science and Technology

Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) offers undergraduates the opportunity to develop basic knowledge and technical skills in geographic information systems to help them address the ways in which spatial data and analysis can support and define environmental, urban, and natural resource sciences. The minor is designed to complement majors in the natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering.

Molecular Toxicology

Nutritional Sciences (NS) or Molecular Toxicology (MT) minors are available to students who have pursued basic coursework in the biological sciences under other majors. The research and curriculum span a breadth of topics, from the delivery of nutrients to mammalian cells and their molecular functions to the influence of genetics on diet-associated human disease.