A recent review of job postings reveal over 300 employment opportunities for which graduates with the Minor in Sustainability may be eligible. Of equal importance, students graduating with this Minor will be highly competitive for interdisciplinary graduate programs at several major universities such as Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Arizona State University, all widely recognized as major players in the emerging field of environmental sustainability.
Sustainability is among the CLAS approved Signature Areas with participation from most of the departments in the College. Cross-departmental faculty expertise contributes to an interdisciplinary integration of scientific principles, historic trends, philosophic theories, cultural perspectives, and communicative action.
The program starts with two introductory courses, ENVS 1342 Environment, Society, and Sustainability, and SUST 3010 Sustainability; Past, Present, and Future and finishes with an exit course SUST 4960 Sustainability Capstone
3 ELECTIVE COURSES: Students are strongly encouraged to locate field studies, internships, or service learning experiences that focus on real-life, practical applications of sustainability principles. Throughout their course of study, students consult with the Sustainability Minor director to determine appropriate elective courses and academic foci.
The Minor consists of 18 credit hours of study:
Core Courses: 9 total credits
(ENVS 1342, SUST 3010, and SUST 4960)
Electives: 9 total credits
Twelve hours of course work for the minor must be upper division (3000 or above) and approved for the Sustainability Minor. Students must complete a minimum of nine (9) credits in residence, and average a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses counted towards the Minor. No more than six (6) credits counted for another major or minor can be counted toward the Sustainability Minor.
Academic departments offering coursework in the Sustainability Minor include Anthropology, Integrated Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, Geography (GIS), Environmental Sciences, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, Physics and the Business School.