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Sustainability Minor Program

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.[1]

What’s more, you can combine all or most of the requirements of the Sustainability minor with your University Studies, college, and major requirements.

Current and Upcoming Sustainability Courses

Sustainability Minor Requirements

Questions and Answers about Declaring the Minor

University Studies and College Requirements Fulfilled by Sustainability Courses

 

Sustainability Minor 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)
At least three of these courses (nine credits) must be numbered 300 or higher. These nine credits may not double-count toward major department requirements.
 
You can fulfill all or most of the requirements of the Sustainability minor with courses that fulfill your University Studies, college, and/or major requirements.
  • 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.

 

Questions and Answers about Declaring the Minor

Q.        How do I declare the Sustainability minor?

A.        It’s easy:

  1. Contact the Director of Sustainability Studies, Professor Robert Darst, at rdarst@umassd.edu. Professor Darst will give you a Minor Request Form.
  2. Secure the signatures of your academic advisor and your major department chair.
  3. 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. The minor will be removed from your transcript.


University Studies and College Requirements Fulfilled by Sustainability Courses

 
Below are the courses that currently count toward the Sustainability minor along with the Sustainability minor content area (SUS), University Studies requirements (US), and College of Arts & Sciences distribution requirements (CAS) fulfilled by each, and prerequisites if any. In the CAS column, H=humanities, SS=social science, NS=natural science, L=literature. "Su15" and "Fa15" indicate courses running in Summer and Fall 2015.

 

 

Course name and number

SUS

US

CAS

Prerequisites

Su15

Fa15

100-level

SUS 101

Principles of Sustainability

 

4A or 4C

SS

 

 

ATR 123

Styling the Apocalypse

ATM

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

MAR 105

Introductory Ocean Science

NS

2A

NS

   

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

 

 

 

200-level

SUS 202

Topics in Sustainability

 

4A

SS

 

 

 

ENL 200

Studies in Literature: Environmental Literature

ATM

3A

L

ENL 101 & 102

 

FIA 223

Nature Drawing I

ATM

 

 

 

FIA 224

Nature Drawing II

ATM

 

 

 

 

PSC 261

Sustainability on Campus

ESP

5B

SS

 

 

 

300-level

ANT/SOC 334

Food, Feast, and Famine

ESP

 

SS

Sophomore standing

 

ANT/SOC 386

Sustainability in Action

ESP

 

SS

Sophomore standing

 

ARH 322

Art of the City

ATM

 

H

 

 

 

ARH 349

Architecture and Sustainability

ATM

 3B or 4B

H

ARH 125 (3B/H), ARH 150 (3B/H), or permission of instructor

 

BIO 314

General Ecology

NS

2B

 

Biology majors only

 

 

CEN 304

Introduction to Environmental Engineering

NS

 

 

CEN 303 & CHM 152

 

 

CEN 325

Water Resources Engineering

NS

 

 

CEN 303

 

 

ECO 337

Environmental Economics

ESP

 

SS

ECO 231 (4B/SS)

 

ENL 357

Special Topics in Rhetorical Studies: 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

PHL/WGS 307

Ecofeminism

ATM

 

H

 

 

 

PSC 347

Environmental Law

ESP

 

SS

Junior standing

 

PSC 348

Ocean Policy and Law

ESP

 

SS

Junior standing

 

 

PSC 384

International Law & Organization

ESP

 

SS

PSC 161 (4C/SS) or permission of instructor

 

 

PSC 385

Politics of Global Climate Change

ESP

 4C

SS

 

 

SOC 381

Social Impact of Science & Technology

ESP

 

SS

Sophomore standing

SUS 350

American Environmental Policy

ESP

 

SS

Junior standing

 

400-level

SUS 450

Advanced Seminar in Sustainability Studies

 

5B

SS

Declared Sustainability minor or concentration

 

 

BIO 402

Community Ecology

NS

 

 

Biology majors only

 

 

MNE 422 Energy Conversion NS     MNE 332    

MNE 437

Fuel Cells

NS

   

MNE 220

 

MNE 490

Ocean Wave Energy Conversion

NS

 

 

MNE 332 & EGR 301

 

 

MNE 490

Marine Hydrodynamics & Propulsion

NS

         

PSC 400

State and Local Public Policy

ESP

 

SS

PSC 101 (4B/SS) or permission of instructor

 

 

PSC 477

Global Environmental Politics

ESP

 

SS

 

 

 

PHY/CEN 419

Advanced Traffic Engineering

NS

5B

NS

None for Sustainability students

 

 

 


[1] 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.

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