Minor Requirements

To complete a minor in outdoor studies, students may choose between two tracks, the on-campus track, or the intensive off-campus track (Adirondack Semester). Both tracks require the acquisition of certain elementary outdoor skills.


1. ODST 100, Core course.

2. ODST 101, MORE course.

3. Biology/ODST 121. The Natural World. or an approved course in Biology or Geology*.
*Currently approved courses include:
Biology 209. Vertebrate Natural History.
Biology 215. Invertebrate Biology.
Biology 218. Orinithology
Biology/ENVS 221. General Ecology.
Biology 227. Mammalogy.
Biology 325. Mycology.
Biology 330. Ecology of Lakes and Rivers.
Biology 335. Winter Ecology.
Biology 360. Marine Ecology.
Biology/ENVS 380. Tropical Ecology.

Geology 120. Roadsides and Rivercuts (offered summer only)
Geology 316. Carbonate Sedimentology
Geology 350. Structural Geology.

4. Two courses emphasizing environmental philosophy, environmental literature, or creative writing, at least one from the writing group.
*Currently approved courses are:

English 243. Creative Non-Fiction Writing.+
English 295. Nature and Environmental Writing.
English 308. Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Writing.+

Philosophy and literature
English 328. English Romanticism.
English 346. American Literature and the Environment.
English/ENVS 352. Contemporary Literature and the Environment.
Philosophy/ENVS 310. Philosophy and the Environment.
ENVS 335. Foundation of Environmental Thought.
Fine Arts 256. Art and Nature.
Religious Studies 147. Religion and Ecology.

5. Two additional courses from groups 3 and 4, or participation in a relevant FYP (Outdoor and Environmental Colleges).


Completion of the Adirondack Semester plus one additional courses chosen from groups 3 and 4 of the on-campus track.