There are 60+ terrific minors at Maryland. Choose one that interests you and contributes something new and different to your educational experience.
A minor Environmental Science and Policy is not available; however, non-ENSP students may be interested in the Sustainability Studies Minor, which is closely related to but not the same as "science" or "policy." The Sustainability Studies Minor is co-sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the School of Public Policy.
Please note: Any major can prepare you for an environment- or sustainability-related career, with appropriate supporting courses and practical experience (internships):
Your Major + (Supporting Courses or Minor) + Internships ==> Environmental Careers
To prepare for an environment- or sustainability-oriented career...
1. Develop your knowledge base:
- Take every opportunity to write papers about environment- or sustainability-related topics -- Here, you are "self-teaching," which is what most of us do all the time in "The Real World."
- Consider registering for the Minor in Sustainability Studies or other approved campus minors if they relate to your interests. Note that only 6 credits may overlap between a major and minor; and if you choose two minors, there can be no overlap at all between them.
2. Choose "supporting courses," including 15+ credits of meaningfully-related courses, including 9 upper-level courses that support your interests.
- You can list supporting courses under your degree information as "Supporting courses include: (course titles here)." Be sure you can talk in detail about what you learned in job interviews!
3. Acquire experience:
- Practical experience is much more important to your career than your major, per se. Take any and all opportunities to participate in related campus clubs, accumulate volunteer experience and complete internships.
- Most students are better served by adding internships than by adding a second major, since completing a second major often limits the time needed for experience and taking supporting courses.