Sustainability Minor

Offered by the Sustainability Council
Sustainability Council: Kathleen F. Bush, Brian W. Eisenhauer, Patrick May, Mary Ann McGarry, Maria A. Sanders, Amy M. Villamagna, Stephen W. Whitman

Sustainability perspectives and practices are emerging as essential tools in the 21st century at local, national, and global scales. To prepare graduates from all fields to create and work in a more sustainable world, this interdisciplinary minor allows all students the opportunity to develop a solid mastery of the fundamental components of sustainability and its applications across multiple disciplines. Students are provided opportunities through course selection and capstone experiences to develop a focus that compliments the content of their major curriculum and provides them with skills to directly apply to their future professional and personal practices.

The program allows for student choice while maintaining a focus that ensures all students learn core sustainability concepts. Within the minor all students must take the Issues in Sustainability and the Capstone courses, and no more than six credits in the minor can be double counted with a student’s major. Four of the six classes taken in the minor must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. Students interested in the minor are encouraged to contact a member of the Sustainability Council for assistance in planning their studies.

Course Title Credits
Minor Requirements
ISDI 2100Issues in Sustainability (SSDI)3
IS 4461Sustainability Capstone (INCO)4
Environmental Systems
Complete two courses from the following:6-8
Conservation (DICO,GACO,INCO) 1
Ecology (QRCO,WRCO) 1
Current Environmental Issues 1
Environmental Chemistry (INCO) 1
Introduction to Permaculture
Environmental Science (SIDI)
Earth Systems Science: The Hazardous Earth (SIDI)
Energy and Society
Environmental Geography (SIDI)
Weather and Climate (SIDI)
Climatology (GACO) 1
Climate Change (INCO) 1
Social and Economic Systems
Complete two of the following:6
The Art of Sustainability (INCO) 1
Business and the Environment
Environmental Planning 1
Sustainability in Residences
Sustainable Structures
The American West (PPDI)
Environmental Ethics (INCO,WECO)
Business Ethics (DICO,INCO)
Philosophy of Technology (INCO,TECO)
Sustainability in Practice (WECO)
Total Credits19-20

Four of the required six courses must be taken at the 3000/4000 level. No more than six credits may double count with the student’s major.