Sustainability (Minor)

Sustainability (Minor)
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Offered by the Sustainability Council
Sustainability Council: Kathleen F. Bush, Brian W. Eisenhauer, Patrick May, Mary Ann McGarry, Maria A. Sanders, Amy M. Villamagna, Stephen W. Whitman

Sustainability 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 allows all students the opportunity to develop a solid mastery of the fundamental components of sustainability and its applications across multiple disciplines. Students are 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 future professional and personal practices.

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. Students interested in the minor are encouraged to contact a member of the Sustainability Council for assistance in planning their studies.

Please see complete information on all of the requirements to earn a minor at Plymouth State University.

Course Title Credits
Minor Requirements
SU 2111Introduction to Sustainability Studies3-4
or ISDI 2100 Issues in Sustainability (SSDI)
Complete two credits of
SU 3113Conversations in Sustainability 22
Sustainability Core
Complete one of the following: 3-4
SU 3333
Environmental Humanities (WRCO) (Complete one course from the following:)
SU 3112
Social Science Perspectives on Sustainability (DICO,GACO)
SU 3115
Economic and Ecological Sustainability (GACO,QRCO)
PBH 2000
Foundations of Public Health
EPL 3270
Sustainability in Residences
SO 3605
Sustainability in Practice (WECO)
SU 4111
Sustainability Project Design
Environmental Systems
Complete one course from the following:3-4
BI 2070
BI 3240
Conservation (DICO,GACO,INCO,INCP) 1
BI 4050
Ecology (QRCO,WRCO) 1
BI 4800
Current Environmental Issues 1
CH 3600
Environmental Chemistry (INCO,INCP) 1
EPL 3150
Introduction to Permaculture
ESDI 2500
Environmental Science (SIDI)
ESDI 2610
Earth Systems Science: The Hazardous Earth (SIDI)
ESP 3200
Energy and Society
GEDI 1200
Environmental Geography (SIDI)
MT 2000
Fundamentals of Meteorology and Climatology (GACO)
MT 4440
Climate Change (INCO,INCP) 1
Social and Economic Systems
Complete one of the following:3-4
SU 4111
Sustainability Project Design
SU 3333
Environmental Humanities (WRCO)
SU 3115
Economic and Ecological Sustainability (GACO,QRCO)
AR 3575
Art and Sustainability
BU 3220
Business and the Environment
EPL 3100
Environmental Planning 1
EPL 3270
Sustainability in Residences
ESP 3270
Sustainable Structures
HIDI 1212
The American West (PPDI)
PY 3310
Environmental Ethics (INCO,INCP,WECO)
PY 3330
Business Ethics (DICO,INCO,INCP)
PY 3610
Philosophy of Technology (INCO,INCP,TECO)
SO 3605
Sustainability in Practice (WECO)
SU 3112
Social Science Perspectives on Sustainability (DICO,GACO)
Total Credits14-18

Course has prerequisites


This course is taken twice as part of a speaker series. Must be taken with a different speaker.

Four of the required six courses must be taken at the 3000/4000 level. No more than six credits may double count with the student’s major.

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