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Minor in Sustainability Studies

Pictured | Emily Sheets | Biochemistry/Sustainability Studies | Nappanee, Indiana (hometown)

Minor in Sustainability Studies

Requirements (15 cr.)

Fifteen credit hours, at least 9 of which must be taken at the 200-level or above. In some cases, special topics courses, internships, independent studies, or other courses not listed below may qualify to count toward the minor based on the approval of the director of the minor in sustainability studies. Students interested in completing the minor should consult the director prior to completing three courses in the program.

  • Choose one course from each of the areas below. Only one course may be taken per discipline. No more than 6 credit hours at the 100-level.
  • An asterisk [*] indicates a General Education requirement

Introduction (3 cr.)
  • SUST-S 201 Foundations of Sustainability

Sustainability Studies Course (3 cr.)

All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise designated.

Select one of the following:

  • SUST-B 190 The Sustainable Future*
  • SUST-B 399 Human Behavior and Institutions
    VT: Just Food: Sustainable Food Systems
  • SUST-S 360 Topics in Sustainability Studies
    VT: Sustainable Urban Agriculture
    VT: The Art of Sustainability
    VT: Sustainability, Health, and Wellness
  • SUST-S 361 Sustainability Abroad (3-6 cr.)
  • SUST-S 411 Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
  • SUST-S 460 Strategies for Transformative Leadership and Community Engagement

Scientific Foundations of Sustainability

All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise designated.

Select one of the following:

  • BIOL-L 101 Introduction to Biological Sciences 1 (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-N 390 The Natural Worlld*
    VT: Environmental Biology (Biology majors may substitute BIOL-L 473 Ecology and BIOL-L 474 Field and Laboratory Ecology)
  • CHEM-N 190 The Natural World*
    VT: Chemistry and Our Environment
  • GEOL-G 111 Physical Geology
  • GEOL-G 190 The Evolving Earth
    VT: Geology of the National Parks*
  • GEOL-G 210 Oceanography
  • GEOL-G 451 Principles of Hydrogeology
  • PHYS-N 190 The Natural World*
    VT: Energy in the Twenty-First Century

Social, Cultural, and Economic Foundations of Sustainability

All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise designated.

Select one of the following:

  • BUS-B 399 Business and Society*
  • FINA-A 190 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity
    VT: Exploring the City
  • FINA-A 399 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity*
    VT: The Modern City
  • GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment
  • GEOG-G 315 Environmental Geography
  • HIST-T 190 Literary and Intellectual Traditions*
    VT: History of United States Environmental Movements
  • HPER-N 220 Nutrition for Health*
  • LSTU-L 390
    VT: Jobs and the Environment
  • PHIL-P 383 Topics in Philosophy
    VT: Philosophical Topics in Evolution
  • PHIL-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions*
    VT: Environmental Philosophy
  • POLS-Y 115 Environment and People
  • SOC-B 399 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: Sustainable Communities
  • SOC-S 410 Advanced Topics in Social Organization
    VT: International Inequalities and Global Issues
  • WGS-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions*
    VT: Women and Sustainability


Select one of the following

  • SUST-S 490 Sustainability Practicum
  • SUST-S 491 Internship in Sustainability

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2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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