The core principle of sustainability is the desire to meet the basic material needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In order to achieve this goal, we must recognize and address the conflicts and trade-offs involved in balancing environmental integrity, social equity, and economic stability. Such complex work necessarily involves contributions from a wide range of disciplines, and it also requires a re-examination of the relationship between human value systems and cultural practices and the associated long-term implications for the ecosystem.
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This has been designated a Green Leaf program. For further information, please visit Green Leaf Programs and Courses.
Candidates for the minor in sustainability studies must complete 16 credits, eight of which must be unique to the minor, with a minimum GPA of 2.00, distributed as follows:
EVPP 480 - Sustainability in Action Credits: 4
INTS 210 - Sustainable World Credits: 4
A maximum of two courses from a single department or program can be counted for elective credit. Preapproved courses are listed here and others may be substituted. See the program coordinator for additional information.
Choose 8 credits from the following:
ANTH 370 - Environment and Culture Credits: 3
AVT 385 - EcoArt Credits: 3
BIOL 379 - RS: Ecological Sustainability Credits: 4
CEIE 401 - Sustainable Land DevelopmentCredits: 3
CEIE 450 - Environmental Engineering Systems Credits: 3
CONS 401 - Conservation Theory Credits: 3
CONS 410 - Human Dimensions in Conservation Credits: 3
ECON 335 - Environmental Economics Credits: 3
EVPP 322 - Business and Sustainability Credits: 3
EVPP 338 - Economics of Environmental Policy Credits: 3
EVPP 362 - Intermediate Environmental Policy Credits: 3
EVPP 378 - RS: Ecological Sustainability Credits: 4
EVPP 421 - Marine Conservation Credits: 3
GEOL 305 - Environmental Geology Credits: 3
GGS 102 - Physical Geography Credits: 3
GGS 103 - Human Geography Credits: 3
GGS 121 - Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere Credits: 4
GGS 122 - Dynamic Geosphere and Ecosphere Credits: 4
GGS 302 - Global Environmental Hazards Credits: 3
GGS 303 - Geography of Resource Conservation Credits: 3
GGS 304 - Population Geography Credits: 3
GGS 307 - Sustainable Development Credits: 3
INTS 102 - Global Networks and Communities Credits: 6
INTS 211 - Introduction to Conservation Studies Credits: 3-6
INTS 318 - Exploring Virginia's Watersheds Credits: 4
INTS 334 - Environmental Justice Credits: 4
INTS 401 - Conservation Biology Credits: 6
PHYS 331 - Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Credits: 3
PRLS 300 - People with Nature Credits: 3
TOUR 312 - Ecotourism Credits: 3
TOUR 340 - Sustainable Tourism Credits: 3
USST 301 - Urban Growth in a Shrinking World Credits: 3
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.