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Minor in Sustainability

About the Sustainability Minor

The 18-credit minor in sustainability allows students from many areas of study to explore the challenges of sustainability and how it may be used to develop solutions to pressing issues at local and global levels.

The minor fosters understanding about what determines the sustainability of human institutions, organizations, cultures, and technologies in different environments.

The minor is intended to draw from and supplement any major in the university. Students can be advised on the minor or declare the minor through an advisor in the advising department of their major.

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Why Minor in Sustainability?

Job candidates with both sustainability skills and a solid professional background in another field are receiving job offers because they bring useful and much-needed combinations of skills to organizations.

In a survey of about 200 managers and executives, 65 percent of small-company respondents and 87 percent of large-firm respondents said they would consider a sustainability concentration when making a hiring decision. Survey participants also said sustainability-related topics should be taught to all managers and executives.

Curriculum

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • SOS 100* – Introduction to Sustainability (3)
  • SOS 300 – Advanced Concepts and Integrated Approaches in Sustainability (3)

* If taken already, SOS 110 or SOS 111/PUP 190 may substitute for SOS 100.

If SOS 110 and SOS 111/PUP 190 have both been taken, one course may substitute for SOS 100 and the other course may be used as a “theme” course.

Theme Courses (6 hours)

Students must choose two of the following four themes and take one course from each of the two themes selected.

  • Earth Systems
  • Human Transformation of the Earth
  • Coupled Human-Environment Systems
  • Social, Political, and Economic Treatment of Natural Resources andEnvironment

Electives (6 hours)

Students must choose two upper-division (300/400 level) electives and should consult an advisor in the advising department of their current major for information on acceptable courses they may use to satisfy the upper-division elective requirement. The electives should be sustainability-related courses that complement the student’s major and serve to fulfill the values and purposes behind why the student wants to earn the minor.

What You Will Learn

Students in the sustainability minor will learn about the concept of sustainability and how it may be used to develop solutions to pressing issues affecting society, organizations, and the world. The minor introduces sustainability principles and explains how sustainability can be applied to all academic disciplines and professional fields. Students will explore the challenges of sustainability within human institutions, organizations, cultures, and technologies, and in local, national, and international contexts. The minor is intended to draw from and inform any major in the university.

Declaring a Minor in Sustainability

Students can be advised on the minor or declare the minor through an advisor in the advising department of their major. If the student is pursuing concurrent degrees, they should go to an advisor in the department of the degree they first selected. This is a university-owned minor and is not offered through, but coordinated by the School of Sustainability.

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