Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Minor in Environmental Sustainability

We 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 scientific, cultural, economic, and policy aspects of sustainability and are provided skills in how to recognize and overcome barriers to achieving sustainability.

All courses taken to satisfy requirements for a minor in environmental sustainability must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Environmental science and policy majors may double-count up to 7 credits of courses used in their major toward the minor. Minimum number of credits required for the minor: 19.

No ESP courses in this minor may be used toward another environmental science and policy minor.

Required Courses
ESP 101 Fundamentals of Environmental Science (3 cr)
ESP 102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science Lab (1 cr)
ESP 275 Energy Use and Societal Adaptation (3 cr)
ESP 308 Global Environmental Problems and Sustainability (3 cr)
One sustainability-related interdisciplinary course (ESP 2XX or 3XX) (3 cr)
Two environmental analysis-related courses (6 cr)

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 business and governments
  • Nature tourism
  • Consulting
  • Green event planning
  • Journalism
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Sustainable materials management (pollution prevention/recycling)