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.