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Sustainability Studies

School of Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

Students in this minor will explore innovative solutions to the local and worldwide degradation of nature and associated social injustices, including the technological, social, and ethics-based approaches intended to promote more harmonious and sustainable dynamics between humans and nature. Students address the essential question of sustainability: How can we best live without degrading our life-support systems, and create conditions that nurture the flourishing of other beings and future generations?

(Please note some courses have pre-requisites)

Minor Requirements

24 credits


  • ISENST 120 Principles of Sustainability

Choose one introductory environmental course:

  • IIENST 150 Global Environmental Change
  • IIENST 151 Environment of Central New England
  • ISENST 203 Globalization, Culture and Place
  • ISENST 205 Environmental Geography

Select two interdisciplinary electives:

  • ISECON 372 Ecological Economics
  • IIENST 110 Food, Health, and the Environment
  • IIENST 302 Apocalypse Science and Society
  • INENST 303 Life Sust. in Earth’s History
  • INENST 320 Earth's Climate: Past & Future
  • INENST 381 Farming with Nature in Mind
  • ISENST 382 Environmental Advocacy
  • INENST 383 Rethinking Energy
  • IIJRN 268 Environmental Issues and the Media
  • IIPSYC 172 Intro to Restorative Practice

Disciplinary electives

Select two of the following:

  • ARCH 260 Sustainable Design and Building Science
  • ARCH 360 Solar Design and Building Science II
  • ARCH 370 Architectural Systems
  • ENST 308 Sustainability & Justice Planning
  • ENST 311 Environmental Health
  • ENST 344 Community Solutions to Climate Change
  • ENST 353 Restoration Ecology
  • ENST 371 Environmental Ethics
  • ENST 393 Sustainability for Organizations
  • HGS 261 The United States and Genocide
  • HGS 370 Indigenous Genocides
  • HIST 360 Natives and Newcomers in North America
  • MGT 215 Accounting for Sustainable Business
  • SPDI 304 Materials: A Life Cycle View

Only two courses that are being used to meet a student’s major requirements can be used toward the minor.