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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

Because of the increasing importance of sustainability in today’s world, the Sustainability minor will help you to gain knowledge, skills, and experience that 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: at least 30 percent of all UMD Sustainability graduates 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.

  • 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.

 

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.

  • SUS 101, Principles of Sustainability or SUS 202, Topics in Sustainability
  • Two electives at any level (these MAY double-count toward major requirements)
  • Two electives numbered 300 or above (these may NOT double-count toward major requirements)
  • SUS 450, Advanced Seminar in Sustainability Studies or (with advance approval) a third 300/400-level elective

Electives may be drawn from courses with the SUS prefix and approved electives offered by other departments.

The requirements for the 15-credit Sustainability concentration within the Liberal Arts major are similar: (a) SUS 101 or SUS 202; (b) one elective at any level; and (c) three electives numbered 300 or higher.


University Studies and College Requirements Fulfilled by Sustainability Courses

Below are the courses that currently count toward the Sustainability minor along with the University Studies (US) and College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) requirements fulfilled by each, and prerequisites if any. Note that where upper-level courses have prerequisites, the prerequisites themselves usually fulfill a university or college requirement. In the CAS column, H=humanities, SS=social science, NS=natural science, L=literature. “Sp15” indicates courses running in Spring 2015.

 

 

Coursenameandnumber

US

CAS

Prerequisites

Sp15

100-level

SUS 101

Principles of Sustainability

4C

SS

 

ATR 123

Styling the Apocalypse

 

 

 

 

BIO 112

The Ocean Environment

2A

NS

 

 

BIO 143

Ecology and Environmental Issues

2B

NS

 

 

BNG 162

Designing a Healthier Planet and Its People

2B

NS

 

CHM 130

Chemistry and the Environment

2A

NS

 

 

EGR 110

Environmental Science & Business

2B

NS

 

 

MAR 110

Natural Hazards and the Ocean

2A

NS

 

 

MGT 120

Green Entrepreneurship

4C

 

 

 

PHY 162

Science, Technology & Society II: Environment

2B

NS

 

PHY 171

Planet Earth & Its Resources I

2A

NS

 

 

PHY 172

Planet Earth & Its Resources II

 

NS

 

200-level

SUS 202

Topics in Sustainability

4A

SS

 

 

ENL 200

Studies in Literature: Environmental Literature

3A

L

ENL 101 & 102

 

ENL 200

Studies in Literature: Reading and Writing About the Ocean

3A

L

ENL 101 & 102

 

FIA 223

Nature Drawing I

 

 

 

 

FIA 224

Nature Drawing II

 

 

 

 

PSC 261

Sustainability on Campus

5B

SS

 

300-level

ANT/SOC 334

Food, Feast, and Famine

 

SS

Sophomore standing

 

ANT/SOC 367

Culture, Power, and Inequality in a Globalized World

 

SS

SOC 101 (4B/SS) or ANT 111 (4C/SS)

 

ANT/SOC 386

Sustainability in Action

 

SS

Sophomore standing

 

ARH 322

Art of the City

 

H

 

ARH 349

Development of Modern Architecture

5B

H

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

 

BIO 314

General Ecology

2B

 

Biology majors only

CEN 304

Introduction to Environmental Engineering

 

 

CEN 303 & CHM 152

CEN 325

Water Resources Engineering

 

 

CEN 303

ECO 337

Environmental Economics

 

SS

ECO 231 (4B/SS)

 

ENL 357

Special Topics in Rhetorical Studies: Environmental Communication

 

H

ENL 260 (1C), ENL 257, or permission of instructor

 

MGT 312

Legal Framework of Business

 

 

Declared Sustainability minor or concentration

PHL/WGS 307

Ecofeminism

 

H

 

PSC 347

Environmental Law

 

SS

Junior standing

 

PSC 348

Ocean Policy and Law

 

SS

Junior standing

 

PSC 384

International Law & Organization

 

SS

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

 

PSC 385

Politics of Global Climate Change

 

SS

 

 

SOC 381

Social Impact of Science & Technology

 

SS

Sophomore standing

 

400-level

SUS 450

Advanced Seminar in Sustainability Studies

5B

SS

Declared Sustainability minor or concentration

BIO 402

Community Ecology

 

 

Biology majors only

MNE 490

Ocean Wave Energy Conversion

 

 

MNE 332 & EGR 301

PSC 400

State and Local Public Policy

 

SS

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

PSC 477

Global Environmental Politics

 

SS

 

PHY/CEN 419

Advanced Traffic Engineering

5B

NS

None for Sustainability students

 


[1] A 2014 survey of the LinkedIn profiles of all UMD sustainability graduates revealed that 30% are working in the sustainability sector and 32% are working in other sectors. There was insufficient information to determine the nature of the current employment of the remaining 38%.

the Sustainability minor is a great way to earn a highly marketable degree by taking courses that you have to take anyway.

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