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Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

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 101

Environmental Science and

ENV 102

Environmental Theory and Ethics Seminar

These two courses are currently offered every other year.

Students are required to take 4 additional courses from the following three groups (Groups A-C). 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. One of the four courses must have an experiential component (lab-based natural science course, or director-approved internship or independent research). In the event that a student cannot fulfill the minor requirements from the selection of courses in Groups A-C, the student will be able to fulfill the minor by taking up to 2 auxiliary courses.

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 Group A requirement with a natural science course not normally required for their major. This excludes courses that normally satisfy the natural science GEP. Students should consult the Auxiliary Course List.

Group A Natural Sciences

BIO 160

Heredity and Evolution

CHM 100

Chemistry for the Consumer

ENV 103

Introduction to Planet Earth

ENV 150

Global Change Biology

PHY 112

Energy: Problems and Promise

Group B Economics and Business

ECN 370

Economic Development

ECN 406

African Economics

MKT 150

People, Planet, Profit

MKT 401

Marketing Strategy (selected sections)

MKT 450

Environmental Sustainability and Green Marketing Study Tour

Group C Societal Issues

ENG 150

Nature in America

ENG 426

Nature Writing in America

HIS 386

American Environmental History

IHS 325

Theories: Disease Prevention and Management

IHS 458


PHL 316

Food and Justice

POL 327

Environmental Politics in America

THE 368/IHS 368

Just Health Care in Developing Nations

Auxiliary Courses

Auxiliary courses are those that have been identified by faculty and the director as those that contain sufficient content on issues of the environment and/or sustainability. If auxiliary courses are used, no more than one course may be taken from each department.

Auxiliary Course List

Sustainability-Related Courses in the Haub School of Business

FIN 201

Markets and Institutions

FMK 202

Overview of the Global Food Industry

FMK 302

Understanding Food Customers and Consumers

FMK 401

Food Marketing Strategy

FMK 315

Globalization and Food Policy

FMK 351

Food and the Poor

MGT 220

Business, Society, and Ethics

MKT 313

Ethics in Marketing

PMK 180

Patient Access to Healthcare

Sustainability-Related Courses in the College of Arts & Sciences

BIO 162

Plants and Civilization

BIO 163

Unseen Life on Earth

BIO 401

Animal Behavior

BIO 409


BIO 413

Plant Physiological Ecology

BIO 414

Plant Systematics

BIO 416


CHM 110

Food Chemistry

CHM 420

Environmental Chemistry

ECN 321

International Trade

ECN 322

International Macroeconomics

ECN 330

Economics of Labor

ECN 340

Government Finance

ECN 350

Monetary Economics

ECN 380

Managerial Economics

ECN 390

Economics of Healthcare

ECN 430

Modern Economic Systems

ECN 445

Economics of Multinational Enterprises

ECN 465

Consumer Economics

ECN 470

Ethical Values and the Marketplace

ECN 480

Economics of Poverty and Income Distribution

ECN 485

Economics of Migration and Immigration

EDU 150

Schools in Society

EDU 357

Education and the Jesuit Mission in Latin America

ENV 302

Environmental Geology

HON 480

Economics of Poverty

PHL 332

Economic and Social Philosophy

POL 312

Law and Social Change

POL 329

Global Environmental Politics

POL 357

Ethics and Globalization

POL 404

Contemporary Peacemaking and Peace Building

SOC 102

Social Problems

THE 373

Economic Ethics