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Sustainability Minor

This minor is designed for students interested in the environment and sustainability. It is a valuable complement to any major. The minor allows students to view sustainability from many different perspectives. The course requirements are assembled into major groups that provide exposure to areas, which are particularly important for understanding of the complexity of sustainability issues. The natural sciences provide the basic knowledge of the physical world in which we live. The social sciences and business sector contains course options that provide an understanding of the social, political, economic and ethical dimensions of sustainability. A community service component is built in to provide hands on experience with sustainability issues at the community level. A capstone course is provided at the 400 level to consolidate and integrate knowledge gained in other courses in order to find more effective solutions to environmental problems.

There is considerable flexibility in the course options from which students can choose to meet the requirements. Those interested should speak with their academic advisor and the sustainability minor coordinator for advice regarding specific course options. This minor will empower students to use the knowledge gained in their major to more effectively enhance their own lives and contribute to the common good.

Program Requirements

A total of 30 semester hours is required of which at least 12 SH must be upper division. Students will select from the following courses and others, which may be subsequently approved in each area.

Total semester hours: 30-32

Code Course Title Units
  Natural Sciences (Three courses from at least two of the following areas)  
  Natural Science:  
NASC 201 General Geology 4
  Life Science:  
BIOL 101 Life Science: The Human Environment 4
BIOL 201 General Biology I 4
BIOL 204 General Biology I 4
BIOL 205 Animal Biology 4
BIOL 312 Environmental Biology 4
CHEM 103 Introduction to Chemistry 4
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 280 Topics in Modern Chemistry 4
CHEM 303 Energy Issues, or  
PHYS 303 Energy Issues 4
CHEM 420 Environmental Chemistry 4
  Social Sciences and Business (Four courses from at least two of the following areas)  
ANTH 231 Food and Culture 4
ANTH 320 Cultural Anthropology 4
ANTH 353 Human Adaptation and Variation 4
SOC 370 Social Change 4
ECON 228 Economic Theories and Issues** 4
BUS 343 Foundations of Business Ethics 4
  History/Political Science:  
PLSC 301 American Government and Politics 4
PLSC 363 Politics of Developing Nations 4
COMM 351 Mass Media and the Human Condition 4
PHIL 310 Women and the Environment 4
REL 325 Religion, Ethics and Sustainability 4
NASC 316 On the Cusp of the Homogenozoic 4
PLSC 412 Justice, Sustainability and the Politics of the Environment** 4
  Community Service (One course)  
CS 305** Learning through Community Service 1-2
  Sustainability reflection – systems thinking (one course)  
NASC 401 Sustainability reflection: Systems level approaches to sustainability 1
LVE 400 E-portfolio capstone: Toward a Sustainable Planet 1

** = Approved sections. i.e. Not all sections of these courses deal with sustainability. See the sustainability minor coordinator to determine which sections qualify.