Minors and Certificate Programs Pursued by Our Majors

Minor in Sustainability


Sustainability science is an integrative discipline, sometimes defined as the union of equitable economic growth, social well-being, and thriving natural systems. The Sustainability Minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with many ways to be engaged learners, including experiences that use our campus as a “living-learning laboratory” to learn about energy issues and other dimensions of sustainability. The program of study is a multi-disciplinary approach that challenges students to develop a deep understanding of a diverse array of sustainability issues while energizing them to integrate those lessons into their lives in meaningful ways.

Sustanability perspectives and practices are emerging as essential tools in the 21st century at local, national and global scales. To prepare graduates from all fields to create and work in a more sustainable world, this interdisciplinary minor was created to allow all students the opportunity to develop a solid mastery of the fundamental components of sustainability and its applications across multiple disciplines. Students will be provided opportunities through course selection and capstone experiences to develop a focus that compliments the content of their major curriculum and provides them with skills to directly apply to their professional and personal practices in the future. The program allows for student choice while maintaining a focus that ensures all students learn core sustainability concepts. Within the minor all students must take the Issues in Sustainability and the Capstone courses, and no more than six credits in the minor can be double counted with a student’s major. Four of the six classes taken in the minor must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. For more information about the minor and for advising help please contact a member of the Sustainability Council. The members of the Sustainability Council include: Kathleen F. Bush, Brian W. Eisenhauer, Patrick May, Mary Ann McGarry, Maria A. Sanders, Amy M. Villamagna, Steven W. Whitman.

Minor Requirements


 Complete both of the following courses (6 credits)
ISDI 2100 Issues in Sustainability (SSDI) 3
IS 4460 Sustainability Capstone 3
Environmental Systems – Complete two of the following courses (6-8 credits)
BI 2070 Botany 4
BI 3240 Conservation (DICO) (GACO) (INCO) 3
BI 4050 Ecology (QRCO) (WRCO) 4
BI 4800 Current Environmental Issues 3
CH 3600 Environmental Chemistry (INCO) 4
EPL 3150 Introduction to Permaculture 3
ESDI 2500 Environmental Science (SIDI) 4
ESDI 2610 Earth Systems Science: The Hazardous Earth (SIDI) 4
GEDI 1200 Environmental Geography (SIDI) 3
MTDI 1200 Weather and Climate (SIDI) 3
MT 2800 Climatology (GACO) 3
MT 4440 Climate Change (INCO) 3
Social and Economic Systems – complete two of the following courses: 6 credits
AR 3570 The Art of Sustainability (INCO) 3
BU3220 Business and the Environment 3
EPL 3100 Environmental Planning 3
EPL 3270 Sustainability in Residences 3
ESP 3270 Sustainable Structures 3
IS 3090 Food Issues (INCO) 3
PY 3310 Environmental Ethics (INCO) (WECO) 3
PY 3330 Business Ethics (DICO) (INCO) 3
PY 3610 Philosophy of Technology (INCO) (TECO) 3
SO 3600 Sustainability in Practice (WECO) 3


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

The certificate program will give in depth knowledge of how to capture, store, manage, manipulate, and analyze geographic information. More information about the program can be found here.

Certificate Requirements


GE 2001 Physical Geography 3
GE 2090 Computer Mapping 3
GE 3270 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  3
GE 3350 Introduction to Airphoto Interpretation and Remote Sensing  4
Complete one of the following: 3
GE 4140 Topics in Geographic Techniques
GE 4270 Advanced Georgraphic Information Systems
GE 4280 GIS Applications: Computer Mapping


Minor in Creative Writing

Environmental Science and Policy majors find that minoring in creative writing helps them develop the essential skills of critical thinking, cogent analysis, and effective communication. 

Minor Requirements


EN 2710 Creative Writing 4
Complete one of the following: 4
EN 3105 Fiction Workshop
EN 3145 Poetry
Complete two of the following: 7-8
EN 3050 Practicum in Publication
EN 3125 Advanced Composition
EN 3135 Non-Fiction Workshop
EN 3685 Scriptwriting
EN 3765 Topics in Writing
EN 4035 Advanced Poetry Workshop
EN 4910 Independent Study (writing)
EN 4950 English Internship
CM 3090 Technical Communication
CM 3670  Journalism