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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. Through interdisciplinary study, you'll focus on the interaction of natural, economic, and social systems. You'll examine past and present philosophies and practices and consider sustainable, balanced, and ethical alternatives.

The increasing importance of sustainability has been accompanied by a demand for employees with a background in this area. As you develop knowledge and practical skills in sustainability, you'll enhance your opportunities for employment in private businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations. 

Sustainability professionals work on projects such as:

  • reporting on an organization's environmental, social, and economic performance, both locally and globally
  • ensuring compliance with governmental regulations and sustainability standards, labels, and certifications
  • reducing waste and energy use
  • measuring and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions

For the sustainability minor, you'll complete 18 credit hours, consisting of 2 core courses and 4 electives.

Course descriptions, schedules and requirements

Student success

Kayle Williams in the Galápagos Islands
Kayle Williams '22: A sustainability minor's dream

Biology major and sustainability minor studies abroad in the Galápagos Islands.

Sustainability faculty

Robert Darst
Robert Darst, PhD
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