Departments & Programs

Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The curriculum of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies minor is designed to provide students a broad introduction to the complex system-scale challenges of sustainability as well as the tools needed to address problems that transcend solely social or environmental domains. It combines introductory course work with classes on human–environment systems. Students then choose one of five concentrations (Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Energy and Resources, Environmental Ethics and Justice, Biodiversity and Sustainability, or Sustainability Individualized Program).

Students must complete at least 18 credit hours in Environmental and Sustainability Studies course work, including the following:

  1. One Introductory Sustainability course (3 cr.) chosen from List A.
  2. An upper-level Human-Environment Systems course chosen from List B.
  3. A minimum of twelve credit hours in one concentration. Concentration Areas are:
  4. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–400 level.
  5. At least 9 credit hours must be completed on the Bloomington campus.
  6. One course that is required for the minor (with the exception of the Introductory Sustainability course) may count toward two minor requirements.

Note: Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science are not eligible to earn the minor.