Ecotheology Minor

Michael Langford, PhD (Theology)
JJ Johnson Leese, PhD (Theology)
Eric Long, PhD (Biology)

A minor in Ecotheology allows you to explore a scientifically and theologically informed understanding of creation care. As an interdisciplinary degree, the Ecotheology minor draws from a variety of subject areas to establish a multifaceted context. Because the minor is concerned with both theory and practice, fieldwork is a core component of the curriculum.


  • A minimum 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division.
  • The Core course Creation Care is required. Other courses are chosen from Introductory Ecology, Science and Ecotheology electives, Justice and Ecotheology: Theology electives; and a Field Biology requirement.
  • This minor includes courses from several schools and departments. 
  • Course sequence within the minor may be dictated by your major. For students not majoring in Biology, electives are available that require no prerequisites.

entering and completing the Minor

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you wish to enter this minor, you may select the program by using the online Major or Minor Application form. You will receive an email notification of acceptance.
  • If you are a continuing SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, use the online Major or Minor Application form to select the minor. You will receive an email notification of acceptance. Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major or minor.