Conservation and Resource Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed for those who are interested in environmental issues and areas of interaction among natural resources, population, energy, technology, societal institutions, and cultural values. Students draw on the course offerings of the entire campus and appropriate community resources in the development of individual programs of study.

The CRS minor is oriented toward flexibility and an individualized educational approach to understanding the structure and dynamic functions of complex environmental systems within our society and biosphere. It encourages interaction among students, faculty, and community.


  • Complete a minimum of five courses related to Conservation and Resource Studies totaling a minimum of 12 units.
  • One of the five courses must be a lower division for the minor core: ESPM 2, 6, C10, 15, C22AC, 50AC or 60.
  • Four upper-division ESPM classes are required
  • Students are allowed one overlapping course between majors and minors. 
  • Students cannot meet the lower-division requirement through AP coursework. 
  • All four upper-division courses must be taken at Berkeley within the Department of Environmental Science and Policy Management. The only possible exceptions are cross-listed courses with ESPM.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade and must average a minimum of 2.0 grade points overall.

Please see the CRS Minor Snapshot for a complete list of acceptable classes.

How to Declare

Interested students should obtain the requirements from the department before starting the minor. Students should file the Minor Declaration Form during the semester before the term they plan to graduate. Offered by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM).

Please see the CRS Undergraduate Advisor for more information.