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Sustainability Minor

The minor is designed to provide the information and analytic skills necessary to understand the complex issues that challenge our ability to develop sustainable systems now and in the future. Sustainability has as its core goal the development of systems of human behavior that enable both current and future generations to maintain a quality of life that is both productive and pleasing.  

Objectives of the Minor in Sustainability

  • Educate students from across campus on how to develop effective, interdisciplinary approaches to historic and emergent sustainability problems;
  • Engage students in team projects examining real-world issues, and;
  • Provide students practical/leadership immersion experiences that enables them to integrate and apply their skills off campus to complex sustainability problems.

Requirements for the Minor in Sustainability

  • At least nine credits must be at the 300-level or higher.
  • A common introductory course,  ENVIRON 207:  Sustainability and Society (fall) or ENVIRON/ORGSTUDY 208 (winter),  to ensure all students have a common core foundation
  • Courses in at least three of the following five areas to ensure breadth in sustainability issues:
    • Society, Culture, Justice and Activism
    • Business & Economics
    • Public Policy, Urban Planning & Law
    • Natural Sciences & Public Health
    • Technology, Engineering, & Design
  • A practical/leadership immersion experience to ensure students have the opportunity to explore existing and emerging sustainability issues in great depth in the field or through an internship.
  • A senior capstone course that addresses major sustainability issues in small sections that enables students to draw on their interdisciplinary experiences in team-based projects.

A list of classes that satisfy these requirements is provided below.

For more information and/or to enroll in the Minor in Sustainability, please contact Jaime Langdon, Concentration Advisor for Program in the Environment

Important things to know ...

  • LSA students pursuing a minor in sustainability who are also in the Graham Sustainability Scholars program cannot have both the minor and the Scholars certificate reflected on their transcripts.  However, they are still eligible to participate fully in the Graham Scholars program, even if it is not reflected on their transcript.
  • Students can major in Environment and be a Graham Scholar.

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