School of Integrative Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Sustainability Studies

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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Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

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:

Core Courses (8 credits)

EVPP 480 - Sustainability in Action Credits: 4

INTS 210 - Sustainable World Credits: 4

Electives (8 credits)

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 355 - Environmental Engineering and Science Credits: 3

CEIE 401 - Sustainable Land DevelopmentCredits: 3

CEIE 450 - Environmental Engineering Systems Credits: 3

CHEM 155 - Introduction to Environmental Chemistry I Credits: 4

CLIM 101 - Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society Credits: 3

CONS 401 - Conservation Theory Credits: 3

CONS 404 - Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Credits: 4

CONS 410 - Human Dimensions in Conservation Credits: 3

CONS 411 - Science Communication for Conservation Credits: 3

ECON 105 - Environmental Economics for the Citizen Credits: 3

ECON 335 - Environmental Economics Credits: 3

EVPP 110 - The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I Credits: 4

EVPP 201 - Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century Credits: 3

EVPP 322 - Business and Sustainability Credits: 3

EVPP 336 - Human Dimensions of the EnvironmentCredits: 3

EVPP 337 - Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries Credits: 3

EVPP 338 - Economics of Environmental Policy Credits: 3

EVPP 355 - Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration Credits: 4

EVPP 361 - Introduction to 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

GGS 312 - Physical Climatology Credits: 3 or CLIM 312 - Physical Climatology Credits: 3

GGS 314 - Severe and Extreme Weather Credits: 3 or CLIM 314 - Severe and Extreme Weather Credits: 3

GGS 319 - Air Pollution Credits: 3 or CLIM 319 - Air Pollution Credits: 3

GGS 455 - Environmental Impact Assessment

INTS 102 - Global Networks and Communities Credits: 6

INTS 211 - Introduction to Conservation Studies Credits: 3-6

INTS 311 - The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation Credits: 6

INTS 318 - Exploring Virginia's Watersheds Credits: 4

INTS 334 - Environmental Justice Credits: 4

INTS 338 - Animal Rights and Humane Education Credits: 3

INTS 401 - Conservation Biology Credits: 6

INTS 402 - Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability Credits: 6

PHIL 343 - Topics in Environmental Philosophy Credits: 3

PHYS 331 - Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Credits: 3

PHYS 385 - Materials Science with Applications to Renewable Energy Credits: 3

PRLS 250 - Wilderness Travel and Sustainability Credits: 2

PRLS 300 - People with Nature Credits: 3

PRLS 402 - Human Behavior in Natural Environments Credits: 3

PRLS 501 - Introduction to Natural Resources Law Credits: 3

SOCI 320 - Social Structure and Globalization Credits: 3

TOUR 312 - Ecotourism Credits: 3

TOUR 340 - Sustainable Tourism Credits: 3

USST 301 - Urban Growth in a Shrinking World Credits: 3

Minor Total: 16 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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