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Frequently Asked Questions - Minor in Sustainability Students

Minor in Sustainability FAQs for Students

Q: Who can pursue the Minor in Sustainability?

A: Any ASU student who is a declared major and is not majoring in the following programs:

  • BA degree in the W. P. Carey School of Business with a Concentration in Sustainability
  • BS degree in Tourism and Management with a Concentration in Sustainable Tourism
  • BSE degree in Civil Engineering with a Concentration in Sustainable Engineering
  • BS degree in Public Service and Public Policy with a Concentration in Sustainability
  • BIS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Sustainability

Exploratory students will need to declare a major before they are eligible to declare a minor.


Q: Is SOS 100 offered online?

A: Yes, SOS 100 (Introduction to Sustainability) is offered online during Sessions A and B, every Fall, Spring, and Summer session.


Q: Do I need to take SOS 100 (Introduction to Sustainability) if I have already taken SOS 111/PUP 190 (Sustainable Cities) and/or SOS 110 (Sustainable World)

A: No, either SOS 111/PUP 190 (Sustainable Cities) or SOS 110 (Sustainable World) may be used in place of SOS 100 (Introduction to Sustainability). In fact, you wouldn’t want to take SOS 100 (Introduction to Sustainability) if you have taken SOS 111/PUP 190 (Sustainable Cities) or SOS 110 (Sustainable World) already, as there would be too much replication of course material. If you have taken both courses, you can use one to fulfill SOS 100 and the other one may be used as a “theme” course if you are interested in the themes they count toward. Please consult your advisor if modifications are needed in DARS.


Q: What is the course SOS 300 (Advanced Concepts and Integrated Approaches in Sustainability) about?

A: SOS 300 (Advanced Concepts and Integrated Approaches in Sustainability) builds off of the knowledge you acquire in SOS 100 as well as the theme courses. SOS 300 involves advanced concepts in sustainability, including systems thinking, complexity, nonlinearity, cascading effects, coupled natural-human systems, governance, future thinking, unintended consequences, normative concerns, transformation, power, participation, and equity.

SOS 300 is also offered online during Sessions A and B, every semester.


Q: Can I use a different 300-level SOS course in place of SOS 300 (Advanced Concepts and Integrated Approaches in Sustainability)?

A: No.


Q: What are the prerequisites for SOS 300 (Advanced Concepts and Integrated Approaches in Sustainability)?

A: Students must have declared the Sustainability minor before enrolling in SOS 300. In addition to declaring the minor, one must have completed SOS 100 (Introduction to Sustainability) or one of the two approved course substitutes (SOS 111/PUP 190, Sustainable Cities or SOS 110, Sustainable World) with a “C” or better as well as 6 credit hours from two Sustainability “themes”.

Civil Engineering students with a Concentration in Sustainable Engineering and Tourism and Management students with a Concentration in Sustainable Tourism only have to have declared the Concentration in order to be able to enroll in SOS 300.


Q: How long does it take to complete the Minor in Sustainability?

A: It depends on whether you have completed SOS 100 (Introduction to Sustainability) or one of the two approved course substitutes (SOS 111/PUP 190 Sustainable Cities or SOS 110 Sustainable World). If you have completed the Introductory SOS course and one Theme Course from two Theme Areas, you may be able to complete the Minor in Sustainability in one additional semester. You would need to take SOS 300 (Advanced Concepts and Integrated Approaches in Sustainability) in the spring of 2011 AND you would need to check with the advisor in your major to determine what courses you may use to satisfy upper-division electives requirements for the Minor in Sustainability.


Q: What if I haven’t taken any courses for the Minor in Sustainability yet?

A: If you haven’t taken any courses for the Minor in Sustainability yet, it would be wise to plan for at least four semesters to complete the Minor.


Q: Will courses for the Minor in Sustainability be offered during summer sessions?

A: Yes. SOS 100 (Introduction to Sustainability) and SOS 300 (Advanced Concepts and Integrated Approaches in Sustainability) will be offered every summer in Sessions A and B. Select theme courses as well as upper-division electives may also be offered. Please check the Class Search for the most up-to-date course schedules.


Q: What courses can I use to satisfy the upper-division electives for the Minor in Sustainability?

A: Talk with your advisor in your major about this. These courses should be selected with your major advisor so that they complement your major and serve to fulfill the values and purposes behind why you want to earn the Minor in Sustainability and how you want to use the Minor in Sustainability in your professional life. Small sampling of possible electives .


Q: Can I take upper division SOS courses to fulfill my upper-division electives requirement for the Minor in Sustainability?

A: Talk with your advisor in your major to see if they will approve upper-division SOS courses as your electives. If approved, for 300-level SOS courses, you will have needed to complete at least two of the following courses SOS 100, SOS 110, SOS 111/PUP 19 and SOS 300 with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible to enroll.

For 400-level SOS courses that are open to non-majors, you will have needed to complete both SOS 110 and SOS 111/PUP 190 with a “C” or better to be eligible to enroll.


Q: Can I take one of the SOS Capstone courses as an upper-division elective?

A: No. These courses are open to School of Sustainability Majors only.


Q: Who should I talk to if I am pursuing concurrent degrees/double majors?

A: You should discuss the Minor in Sustainability with the advisor of your “primary” major (the first of the two degrees you decided to pursue)?


Q: How do I make sure the Minor in Sustainability is appearing on my degree audit (DARS)?

A: You should ask your advisor in your major to post the Minor in Sustainability to your degree audit.


Q: What if my advisor doesn’t know about the new minor or know how to post the Minor in Sustainability or says he/she can’t do it?

A: Listen to what your advisor tells you to do, and if there are futher questions fill out the form below.

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