The Sustainability Studies Minor (1500)

The Sustainability Studies Minor consists of at least 18 credit hours, including:

  • SUST 200 (this will count in the 2020-2021 catalog as a Gen. Ed. Social Science elective)
  • Five additional courses, at least four of which must be upper division (300 or 400-level). The five additional courses must include at least one course from each of the following three categories:
    • Environmental Sustainability (AGET 250; AGRI 295; BIOL 444; ENGR 456; GEOG 472; METR 420; NRM 101, 210);
    • Economic Sustainability (ECON 322, LDSP 323, MGT 462)
    • Social Sustainability (SOC 202, 309, 333, 386, 431; PHIL 355).
    • Up to two of the five additional courses may be substituted with SUST 380 and/or SUST 450 (each taken for at least 3 hours credit).

200 Introduction to Sustainability (3) is a required foundational course for the Sustainability Studies minor and a general education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category that provides students from all academic majors and programs an overview of the field of sustainability studies. The study and practice of sustainability is for humanity to meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The concept of sustainability is inherently complex and socially constructed and as such, there is much room for competing ideas about how to achieve sustainability. Sustainability seeks to integrate three dimensions: ecological, economic, and social; which are seen as equally important aspects of a sustainable social system. There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this course.


380 Special Topics in Sustainability (1-3) Subject matter will vary. Total credits not to exceed three hours toward the Sustainability Studies minor. Prereq: SUST 200 or instructor’s approval.


450 Sustainability Travel Study (1-6) A course designed as an educational travel experience in Sustainability within the United States or internationally under the instruction of a university instructor. May be taught as an organized study tour or as an independent travel and study project. Topics, prerequisites, and course requirements announced in advance. May be offered on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may repeat course with different topics. Not regularly offered. Total credits not to exceed six hours toward the Sustainability Studies minor. Prereq: SUST 200 or instructor’s approval.