Division of Professional Studies

The sustainability minor aims to prepare students for further training in sustainability-related disciplines and to develop leaders who will use an interdisciplinary approach to solve society’s environmental challenges. This is accomplished by challenging students to consider diverse perspectives on sustainability; understand the scientific basis of environmental issues; and critically evaluate the political, social, cultural, economic, and public policy challenges and opportunities in attaining sustainability.

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What classes will you take?

The sustainability minor is comprised of 15-16 credit hours (five courses). Students are required to take Introduction to Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ENST 1102) for three credit hours.

To fulfill the remaining 12-13 credit hours (four courses), students can choose from a diverse set of offerings. At least one course must be taken from each of the three domain areas (Society and Culture; Business, Economics and Public Policy; and Natural Sciences). Two of these courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. Special topics from any department may also apply with approval from the instructor teaching the course and the Program Coordinator of the Sustainability Minor. For a full list of courses, please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog linked above.

What can you do with a sustainability minor?

The Sustainability minor prepares you for a range of graduate school and career options. Sustainability concepts can be applied to environmental and biological careers in which the conservation and preservation of natural resources is a focus. Concepts are also critical in industries challenged with maintaining access to material resources. Minors pursue careers in science, public policy, government, public service, and industry.