Sustainability minor

The discipline of sustainability grows from the recognition that the current trajectory humans are on cannot be sustained. This minor gives you grounding in sustainability practice and theory, and creates a foundational understanding of local and global problems from a social, economic and environmental perspective. Solutions for many of the complex, large scale sustainability issues we currently face, such as social injustice, economic inequity, environmental destruction and climate change, require an understanding of these issues from multiple perspectives. It is within the overlap of these multiple perspectives that sustainability solutions exist. This is why this minor in sustainability is such a valuable addition to any major, including business and engineering. The minor will enhance your sustainability literacy regardless of your major.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the local and global challenges to sustainability from social, economic and environmental perspectives.
  2. Apply the skills and knowledge to communicate and critically evaluate sustainability issues across disciplines.
  3. Link knowledge with action in order to promote sustainability and serve as a leader in your community.
  4. Recognize how social, economic and environmental equity issues are embedded within sustainability.

Sustainability minor course requirements

The Sustainability minor requires 32-35 credits, with at least 10 credits required to be upper division.

All minors must be completed with a 2.0 minor GPA. Students select 15 credits from the three areas; programs will advise students where to focus within the 3 areas to complement their majors. 60% of the coursework applied to the minor must be taken outside of the student's major(s) requirements.  A capstone project is required. The culminating capstone must be different from the student's major(s) capstone.

Sustainability minor course lists

Sustainability foundation course requirements (15 credits)

  • 5 credits - TESC 201 The Science of Environmental Sustainability
  • 5 credits - TEST 295 Valuing Ecosystems Services and Natural Capital
  • 5 credits - TSUD 222 Introduction to Sustainability

Policy, Society, and Economics

  • TCOM 310 Contemporary Environmental Issues & The Media (5)
  • TECON 394 Comparative Economic Development (5)
  • TECON 421 Environmental Policy (5)
  • TEST 332 A Natural History of Garbage (5)
  • TEST 335 Environmental Impact Analysis (5)
  • TEST 337 Natural Resources Policy: America's Public Forests and Parks (5) (Effective winter 2015)
  • THIST 315 Industrialization and Reform (5)
  • THLTH 372 Environmental Health: Local to Global (5)
  • TMGMT 420 Managing Corporate Responsibility (5
  • TPOLS 438 Environmental Law (5)
  • TPOLS 439 Washington Environmental Law (5)
  • TPOLS 465 Law and Public Policy (5)
  • TSOC 265 Race and Ethnicity in the United States (5)
  • TSUD 240 The City and Nature (5)
  • TSUD 323 Sustainable Urban Development Policies (5)
  • TSUD 333 Assessment and Evaluation of Urban Sustainability (5)
  • TSUD 445 Urban Ecology (5)
  • TSUD 475 Community and Economy (5)

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Science, Environmental Issues and Environmental Thought

  • TESC 232 Issues in Biological Conservation (5)
  • TESC 236 Sustaninable Agriculture (5)
  • TESC 239 Energy and the Environment (5)
  • TESC 319 Water Quality Concepts and Watershed Studies (6)
  • TESC 341 Climate Change (5)
  • TESC 345 Pollution and Public Policy
  • TESC 402 History and Ecology of Biological Invasions (5)
  • TINST 401 Technology in the Service of Society: A Seminar in the Integration of Technology and Social Interests (5)
  • TPHIL 456 Environmental Ethics (5)
  • TWRT 372 Writing Eco-poetry (5) (Effective winter 2015)

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Social Justice and Global Perspectives in Sustainability

  • TECON 320 Gender and Development (5)
  • TECON 328 Third World Problems and Prospects (5)
  • TECON 360 Poverty in Developing Countries (5)
  • TESC 303 Sustainable Development in Africa (12)
  • TESC 304 Tropical Ecology and Sustainability (5)
  • TESC 404 Neotropical Field Studies: Ecology and Community (12)
  • TGH 399/TURB 399 Global Honors - International Urban Studies (3-15, max. 15)
  • THLTH 410 Environmental Equity (5)
  • THLTH 485 Critical Issues in Global Health
  • TSOC 335 Social Class and Inequity (5)
  • TSOC 435 Migration in the Modern World: Migrants, Immigrants and Refugees (5) (will become TEGL 435 winter 2015)
  • TSOC 456 Rural Societies and Development (5)
  • TSUD 425 Social Justice and Urban Sustainability (3)
  • TURB 340 Urban Social Change (5)
  • TURB 379 Urban Field Experiences (5-15)
  • TURB 410 Environmental Equity, offered jointly with THLTH 410 (5)

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Capstone Course Options

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