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Minor in Sustainability Studies

Daniel ClayPictured | Daniel Clay | General Studies / Minor in Sustainability Studies | Mishawaka, Indiana (hometown)
Club Affiliation | Sustainability Club (president)

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
  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

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

Sustainability Core Course (3 cr.)

Select one from the following:

  • SUST-B 399 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: Just Food: Sustainable Food Systems
  • SUST-S 360 Topics in Sustainability Studies
    VT: Sustainable Urban Agriculture
    VT: Good Work
    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
  • SUST-S 495 Directed Readings in Sustainability (1-3 cr.)
  • SUST-S 496 Research in Sustainability (1-3 cr.)

Scientific Foundations of Sustainability

Select one from the following:

  • BIOL-L 101 Introduction to Biological Sciences 1 (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-N 390 The Natural World*
    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 219 Meteorology
  • GEOL-G 210 Oceanography
  • GEOL-G 451 Principles of Hydrogeology
  • GEOL-N 190 The Natural World
    VT: Geology of the National Parks
    VT: Weather Forecasting and Analysis
  • PHYS-N 190 The Natural World*
    VT: Energy in the Twenty-First Century

Social, Cultural, and Economic Foundations of Sustainability

Select one from the following:

  • AHST-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions*
    VT: History of Landscape
  • BUS-B 399 Business and Society*
  • GEOG-G 338 Geographic Information Systems
  • HIST-T 190 Literary and Intellectual Traditions*
    VT: Humans and the Environment
  • HPER-N 220 Nutrition for Health*
  • HSC-H 331 Evironmental Health
  • LSTU-L 390 Topics in Labor Studies
    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
  • PSY-B 190 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: Social Injustice
  • SOC-B 399 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: Sustainable Communities
    VT: Costa Rica (crosslisted with SOC-S 362)
  • SOC-S 306 Urban Society
  • SOC-S 410 Advanced Topics in Social Organization
    VT: Consumer Culture and Climate Change
    VT: Environmental Sociology
  • SOC-S 460 Topics in Non-Western Cultures
    VT: International Inequalities and Global Issues
  • SUST-B 190 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: The Sustainable Future*
  • WGS-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions*
    VT: Women and Sustainability


Select one from the following

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

Academic Bulletins

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2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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