The environment is receiving significant attention in recent years in light of issues such as climate change, declining energy resources, and other sustainability related issues. A minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies is meant to serve a broad student population and will provide students with an extensive understanding of environmental and sustainability issues. The minor will yield graduates who are truly "men and women for others" by preparing students for careers that will identify and study the causes and effects of current and future environmental challenges, educate others about the environment, and help write and analyze related policy.
Students completing this minor will:
- Develop an understanding of the natural environment as an integrated system of complex biological and physical interactions and how human activities affect that system.
- Develop an understanding of the connections and interdependency of ecology, economics, society, governmental regulation, and politics in the modern world and the implications of this for environmental problem solving.
- Develop skills in addressing moral and social dilemmas implicit to solving environmental problems.
Requirements for the Minor
Students must take six courses for the Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Courses taken to fulfill requirements of the minor may also fulfill the GEP or overlay (Ethics, Globalization /Diversity) requirements.
All students will take (in this sequence):
ENV 106 Exploring the Earth
ENV 102 Environmental Theory and Ethics Seminar
Students are required to take 4 additional courses from the following three groups. Courses do not need to be taken in any particular order, but some courses may require prerequisites. No more than 2 courses can be taken from each group.
Note for Natural Science majors: Students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, or Physics may minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. These students should fulfill the their electives from the Societal Responses and Economic Issues groups.
Understanding our Earth
BIO 165 Exploring the Biological World
CHM 100 Chemistry for the Consumer
PHY 112 Energy: Problems and Promise
PHY 113 Exploring the Physical World
Societal responses past and present
POL 327 Environmental Politics in America
HIS 386 American Environmental History
ENG 150 Nature in America
ENG 376 Writing and Environmental Justice
ENG 426 Nature Writing
PHL 316 Food and Justice
Economic issues and solutions
SOC 316 Fair trade: Co-op to cup
ECN 370 Economic Development
ECN 375 Environmental Economics
ECN 376 Economics of Food
MKT 150 People, Planet, Profit
LEO 212 Organizational Sustainability
ENV 490 Environmental Internship