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Welcome

The minor in Sustainability focuses on the central principles of sustainable development: the environment, the human social system, and the economic system. Using a systems lens, students in this minor learn about the ethical, practical, and innovative approaches to balance the need for human consumption and development with environmental and social equity. Studying principles of sustainability involves an interdisciplinary skill set (see the learning goals to the lower right). Careers in sustainability are vast and include (but are not limited to): environmental protection, engineering and design, business management and planning, human dimensions of resource use, etc.

After completing the Sustainability Minor program, students will gain competency in the following areas: 1. Foundations, 2. Areas of Inquiry, and 3. Practicum.

Foundations (9cr):

A. Introduction to sustainability (11:374:299) 3 cr.

B. Sustainability Decision Tools (11:373:202) 3 cr.

C. Sustainable Environmental Management (11:216:320) 3 cr.

Areas of Inquiry (Systems, Governance, Socio-Economics)-9cr

One course from each area of inquiry (total of 9 credits) must be successfully completed by all students.

(note: If the student is majoring in the area of inquiry, and if all courses in the list meet requirements of the major, the student must select instead a second course in another area of inquiry. Also, no more than 3 credits may be taken at the 100 level).

A. Resource Management Systems

1. Earth Systems (01:450:101)
2. Transforming the Global Environment (01:450:102)
3. Environment and Society (aka Conservation and Use of Natural Resources) (01:450:211)
4. The Global Climate System (01:450:213)
5. Conservation (01:450:214)
6. Climate Systems and Global Climate Change (01:450:413)
7. Sea Change: The Rise and Fall of Sea Level and the Jersey Shore (01:460:110)
8. Earth and Life Through Time (01:460:212)
9. Introduction to Agriculture and Food Systems (11:020:210)
10. Principles and Practices of Small-Scale Organic Farming (11:020:321)
11. Community Food Justice and Advocacy (11:020:333)
12. Sustainability: Tackling Food Waste (11:020:337)
13. Principles of Natural Resource Management
        (Open to DEENR students only) (11:216:217)
14. Conservation Ecology (11:216:317)
15. Global Change and Ecology (11:216:451)
16. Conservation Techniques (11:216:315)
17. Restoration Ecology (11:216:488)
18. Open Space Planning and Management (11:573:413)
19. Watershed Management (11:573:444)
20. Energy and Society (11:375:175)
21. Energy, Technology and Environment (11:375:322)
22. Environmental Fate & Transport (11:375:423)
23. Intro to Environmental Health (11:375:103)
24. Water and Wastewater Treatment (11:375:302)
25. Elements of Solid Waste Management and Treatment (11:375:307)
26. Principles of Air Pollution (11:375:421)
27. Sustainable Landscape Technologies (11:550:442)
28. Fishery Science (11:628:309)
29. Introduction to Bioenergy Technologies (11:776:112)

B. Governance

1. Global and Regional Climate Change (01:450:370)
2. Environmental Issues in the United States (11:573:202)
3. Fundamentals of Environmental Planning (11:573:231)
4. Ecological Design and Stewardship (11:573:445)
5. Water and Society (11:374:115)
6. Global Solutions (11:374:174)
7. Politics of Environmental Issues (11:374:279)
8. US Environmental policy (11:374:313)
9. Natural resource policy (11:374:314)
10. International environmental policy (11:374:315)
11. Environmental Law and Policy 1: Nature, Law and Society (11:374:460)
12. International Environmental Law (11:374:462)
13. Environmental and Land Use Law (10:970:463)
14. Industrial Ecology (34:970:571)

C. Economics and Social Systems

1. Culture and the Environment (01:070:302)
2. Human Geography: Space, Place and Location (01:450:103)
3. Environment and Society (aka Conservation and Use of Natural Resources)(01:450:211)
4. Economic Geography (01:450:309)
5. Culture and Political Ecology (01:450:360)
6. Climate Change and Society (01:450:370)
7. Building and Maintaining a Habitable Planet (01:460:203)
8. Global Poverty (10:762:230)
10. Global Health Perspectives (10:832:240)
11. Sustainable Agriculture (11:020:436)
12. Economics, People and the Environment (11:373:101)
13. Energy, Economics and Policy (11:373:335)
14. Natural Resources Economics (11:373:362)
15. Environmental Economics (11:373:363)
16. Population, Resources and the Environment (11:374:269)
17. Communities and Environmental Change (11:374:335)
18. Segregation and Health (11:374:424)
19. Social and Cultural Aspects of Environmental Design (11:550:301)
20. Environmental Issues in the US (11:573:202)
21. Work, Society, and the Quality of Life (37:575:110)
22. Labor and the Global Economy (37:575:363)
23. Theater for Social Development: Art, Creating Change (07:965:302)

Practicum (3 cr)

Practicum in Sustainability (11:374:399) 3 cr.