sustainable systems minor

Sustainable Systems Minor


Introduction

The Sustainable Systems minor will present concepts in sustainability that can be applied in a system approach, leading to resilience in society’s use of the earth’s land, water and air. The minor will prepare students to understand how to address the challenge of sustainability in ways that account for the interconnectedness of biological, physical, social and economic systems.

Sustainable Systems Minor Requirements
Required Courses (6 credits)

  • LAEP 2039 – Foundations of Sustainability (3 credits) - Syllabus
  • ENVS 4700 – Communicating Sustainability (3 credits)

Agriculture, Food and Environmental Systems: Select 3 credits from the following:

  • ADVS 5030 – Sustainable Agriculture Production Systems with Animals 3*
  • ASTE 2900 – Humanity in the Food Web (BSS) 3
  • ASTE 5260 – Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Systems (CI) 3
  • NDFS 1240 – Food Literacy 3
  • PSC 2800 – Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture 3
  • PSC 4400 – Modern Vegetable Production 3*
  • PSC 5200 – Site-Specific Agriculture and Landscape/Horticulture Management 3
  • WATS 1200 – Biodiversity and Sustainability (BLS) 3
  • WILD 2200 – Ecology of our Changing World (BLS) 3

Energy and Earth Systems: Select 3 credits from the following:

  • GEO/PHYS 3150 – Energy in the 21st Century (DSC/QI) 3*
  • LAEP 1030 – Introduction to Landscape Architecture (BCA) 3
  • PHYS 1020 – Energy (BPS) 3
  • PSC 3820 – Climate Change (DSC/QI) 3*
  • PSC 4820 – Challenges in Climate Change and Energy 3*

Water Systems: Select 3 credits from the following:

  • PSC 2010 – Soils, Water, and the Environment (BPS) 3
  • PSC 4000 – Soil and Water Conservation 4
  • PSC 4100 – Landscape Water Conservation 2
  • WATS 3700 – Fundamentals of Watershed Science (CI) 3
  • WATS 4490 – Small Watershed Hydrology 4*
  • WATS 4530 – Water Quality and Pollution 3

Social Systems: Select 3 credits from the following:

  • APEC 3012 – Introduction to Natural Resource and Regional Economics (DSS) 3
  • ENVS 3010 – Fundamentals of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy 3
  • ENVS 3330 – Environment and Society 3
  • ENVS 5550 – Sustainability: Concepts and Measurement 3
  • ENVS 5570 – Sustainable Living 3
  • PHIL 3510 – Environmental Ethics (DHA) 3
  • SOC 4620 – Sociology of the Environment and Natural Resources (DSS) 3
  • SOC/ENVS 5640/6640 – Conflict Management in Natural Resources (CI) 3

* Prerequisite or Course Restriction

Courses
 
Credit Hours
Required Courses
Sub-Total
6
Elective Courses
Sub-Total
12
 
Total Number of Credits
18