Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Minor in Environmental Sustainability

Career Options

There is increasing demand for employees who know what sustainability is and understand its complexity, can approach problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, and know how to work with people from different disciplines.

  • Policymaking, government, and regulatory agencies
  • Corporate socially responsibility
  • Sustainability coordinator for bossiness and governments
  • Nature Tourism
  • Consulting
  • Green event planning
  • Journalism
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Sustainable materials management (pollution prevention/recycling)

The Department of Environmental Science offers a 19-credit minor in environmental sustainability.

There is growing realization that the human population must strive to live in a sustainable relationship with Earth's finite resources. The goal of the environmental sustainability minor is to provide broad, interdisciplinary training related to local and global environmental problems. Students in the environmental sustainability minor examine the scientific, cultural, economic, and policy aspects of sustainability and are provided skills in how to recognize and overcome barriers to achieving sustainability.

Required Courses
     ESP 101/102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Lab
     ESP 275 Energy Use and Societal Adaptation
     ESP 308 Global Environmental Problems and Sustainability

Interdisciplinary Course (select one)
     BUS 347 Triple-Bottom-Line Business
     CRM 225 Crimes Against the Environment
     EYE 102 Sustainability, Culture, and the Environment
     EYE 112 The Built Environment: Energy
     EYE 129 The Chicken
     EYE 199 The Northern Forest Canoe Trail
     GEO 320 Conservation of Natural Resources

Courses of Analysis (select two)
     ESP/PHI 212 Environmental Ethics
     ESP 200 Environmental Planning
     ESP 220 Introduction to Environmental Policy
     ESP 470 Solid Waste Planning & Policy
     ECO/ESP 326 Environmental Economics
     ECO/ESP 327 Natural Resource Economics

All courses taken to satisfy the requirements for a minor in environmental sustainability must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

For more information, contact:

Travis Wagner

twagner@usm.maine.edu

207.228.8450