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.

You can declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.

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 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
  • TECON 394 Comparative Economic Development
  • TECON 421 Environmental Policy
  • TEST 332 A Natural History of Garbage
  • TEST 335 Environmental Impact Analysis
  • TEST 337 Natural Resources Policy: America's Public Forests and Parks
  • TEST 343 Water Quality Regulation
  • TEST 345 Investing in the Environment (effective autumn 2016)
  • THIST 315 Industrialization and Reform
  • THLTH 372 Environmental Health: Local to Global
  • TLAW 339 Washington Environmental Law (formerly TEST 339, TPOLS 439)
  • TLAW 438 Environmental Law (formerly TPOLS 438)
  • TLAW 465 Law and Public Policy (formerly TPOLS 465)
  • TMGMT 420 Managing Corporate Responsibility
  • TSOC 265 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • TSUD 240 The City and Nature
  • TSUD 323 Sustainable Urban Development Policies
  • TSUD 333 Assessment and Evaluation of Urban Sustainability
  • TSUD 445 Urban Ecology
  • TSUD 475 Community and Economy

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Science, Environmental Issues and Environmental Thought

  • TEGL 210 Introduction to Qualitative Methodology and Research Ethics
  • TESC 232 Issues in Biological Conservation
  • TESC 236 Sustaninable Agriculture
  • TESC 239 Energy and the Environment
  • TESC 319 Water Quality Concepts and Watershed Studies
  • TESC 341 Climate Change
  • TESC 345 Pollution and Public Policy
  • TESC 402 History and Ecology of Biological Invasions
  • TINST 401 Technology in the Service of Society: A Seminar in the Integration of Technology and Social Interests
  • TLIT 237 Introduction to Literature and the Environment
  • TPHIL 456 Environmental Ethics
  • TWRT 372 Writing Eco-poetry
  • TWRT 389 Nature Writing

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Social Justice and Global Perspectives in Sustainability

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Capstone Course Options

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