UMass Dartmouth is pleased to offer a minor in Sustainability.
Sustainability is the ability of a community or socioeconomic system to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
In the Sustainability minor program, you will learn about the causes of unsustainable practices and explore solutions for creating more sustainable communities and businesses.
Areas of focus in Sustainability include:
- Renewable energy
- Urban development
- Transportation planning
- Environmental challenges and solutions
- Natural resource and land use
- Sustainability reporting and "triple bottom line" accounting
- Environmental communication
- The food system
- Green entrepreneurship
The Sustainability minor will enhance your attractiveness to potential employers, such as firms that produce sustainable goods and services, businesses interested in greening their production methods, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
This is a valuable asset in today’s labor market: a recent survey revealed that at least one-third of all UMD Sustainability alumni are currently employed in the sustainability sector.
What’s more, you can combine all or most of the requirements of the Sustainability minor with your University Studies, college, and major requirements.
In order to earn a minor in Sustainability Studies, you must complete 18 credits of coursework. All courses may double-count toward University Studies and college requirements. For students who entered UMass Dartmouth in or after Fall 2014, the requirements are as follows:
- SUS 101, Principles of Sustainability or SUS 202, Topics in Sustainability
- One course from each of the following three content areas:
- Sustainability in the Natural Sciences
- Sustainability in Economy, Society, and Policy
- Sustainability in the Arts, Thought, and Media
- Two courses from any content area(s)
- Any course counting toward the Sustainability minor double-counts toward any University Studies and/or college requirement fulfilled by that course. Some courses even triple-count toward university, college, and minor requirements! See the full list of Sustainability courses and the university and college requirements they fulfill.
- If your major department offers courses for the Sustainability minor, you may count up to two courses in your major toward the minor, provided that at three of the other courses that you take for the minor are numbered 300 or higher and do not count toward your major requirements.
Q. How do I declare the Sustainability minor?
A. It’s easy:
- Contact the Director of Sustainability Studies, Professor Robert Darst, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Professor Darst will give you a Minor Request Form.
- Secure the signatures of your academic advisor and your major department chair.
- Take the form to the Registrar.
Q. When should I declare the Sustainability minor?
A. You can declare the Sustainability minor as soon as you have completed 24 or more credits—typically, at the end of your first academic year. Don’t wait any longer than you have to: The minor will appear on your transcript as soon as the paperwork is processed, which may help you to secure internships, scholarships, or a summer job.
Q. Do I have to wait until I declare the minor to start taking Sustainability courses?
A. NO. Eligible courses count toward the minor, regardless of when you take them. If you are interested in the Sustainability minor, start fulfilling your University Studies and/or college distribution requirements with courses that count toward the minor. For example, if you are a non-science major, you can fulfill your University Studies natural science requirements (2A and 2B) with Sustainability courses. Even if you decide not to pursue the minor, those requirements will still be fulfilled.
Q. What happens if I decide not to complete the minor?
A. That’s easy, too. If you decide that you do not wish to complete the minor, obtain the "Request to Drop Minor" and secure the minor director's signature. No other signatures are required.
Note: To save space, this list does NOT include majors-only Sustainability electives in BIO, CEN, and MNE. Click here for the complete list. "Sp16" indicates courses offered in Spring 2016.
SUS = Sustainability minor content area. NS = Natural Sciences; ATM = Arts, Thought & Media; ESP = Economy, Society & Policy
US = University Studies
CAS = College of Arts & Science distribution requirement. H = Humanities, SS = Social Science, NS = Natural Science, L = Literature
|100 & 200 Level Classes||SUS 101||Principles of Sustainability||4A or 4C||SS||●|
|SUS 202||Topics in Sustainability||4A||SS|
|BIO 112||The Ocean Environment||NS||2A||NS|
|BIO 143||Ecology and Environmental Issues||NS||2B||NS|
|BNG 162||Designing a Healthier Planet and Its People||NS||2B||NS||●|
|CHM 130||Chemistry and the Environment||NS||2A||NS|
|ECO 107||Economics of Pollution||ESP||4C||SS||●|
|ENL 200||Environmental Literature||ATM||3A||L||ENL 102|
|FIA 223||Nature Drawing I||ATM|
|FIA 224||Nature Drawing II||ATM||●|
|MAR 110||Natural Hazards and the Ocean||NS||2A||NS||●|
|PHY 162||Science, Technology & Society II: Environment||NS||2B||NS||●|
|PHY 171||Planet Earth & Its Resources I||NS||2A||NS|
|PHY 172||Planet Earth & Its Resources II||NS||NS|
|300 & 400 Level Classes||SUS 350||American Environmental Policy||ESP||SS||SUS 101 or 202|
|ARH 322||Art of the City||ATM||H||●|
|ARH 349||Architecture & Sustainability||ATM||3B or 4B; 5B||H|
|ECO 337||Environmental Economics||ESP||SS||ECO 231 (4B/SS)|
|ECO 360||Cost-Benefit Analysis||ESP||SS||ECO 231 (4B/SS)||●|
|EGR 303||Engineering Economics||ESP||4B||Engineering majors only|
|ENL 357||Environmental Communication||ATM||H||ENL 260 (1C), ENL 257, or permission of instructor|
|MGT 312||Legal Framework of Business||ESP||Declared Sustainability minor or concentration||●|
|PSC 347||Environmental Law||ESP||SS||Junior standing|
|PSC 384||International Law & Organization||ESP||4C||SS||PSC 161, SUS 101, or permission of instructor||●|
|PSC 385||Politics of Global Climate Change||ESP||4C||SS||PSC 161, SUS 101, or permission of instructor|
|PSC 400||State and Local Public Policy||ESP||SS||PSC 101 (4B/SS) or permission of instructor|
|PSC 477||Global Environmental Politics||ESP||SS||PSC 161, SUS 101, or permission of instructor|
|SOA 334||Food, Feast, and Famine||ESP||SS||Sophomore standing||●|
|SOA 381||Social Impact of Science & Technology||ESP||SS||Sophomore standing||●|
|SOA 386||Sustainability in Action||ESP||5B||SS||Sophomore standing||●|
|PHY 419||Advanced Traffic Engineering||NS||5B||NS||None for Sustainability minors|
 Data from a 2014 survey of the LinkedIn profiles of all UMD sustainability graduates. 40 percent of the graduates did not provide sufficient information to determine the nature of their current employment.