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.

Catalog Year: 2023-2024


The core principle of sustainability is the desire to meet the basic material needs of the current generation without  Green Leafcompromising 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, cultural practices, and the associated long-term implications for the ecosystem.

This is a Green Leaf program.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 16

This is a Green Leaf program.

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Candidates for the minor must complete coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Core Courses

EVPP 480 Sustainability in Action (Mason Core) 4
INTS 210 Sustainable World (Mason Core) 4
Total Credits 8


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 undergraduate coordinator for additional electives.

Select 8 credits from the following: 8
Ecosphere - Introduction to Environmental Science I-Lecture (Mason Core)
and Ecosphere- Introduction to Environmental Science I- Lab (Mason Core)
Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century (Mason Core)  
Business and Sustainability  
Tackling Wicked Problems in Society the Environment  
Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries  
Economics of Environmental Policy  
Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration  
Introduction to Environmental Policy  
Intermediate Environmental Policy  
RS: Ecological Sustainability (Mason Core)  
Marine Conservation  
Food-Energy-Water-Climate Nexus  
RS: Ecological Sustainability (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry I (Mason Core)  
Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (Mason Core)  
Air Pollution  
Environmental Geology  
Physical Geography (Mason Core)  
Human Geography (Mason Core)  
Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (Mason Core)  
Dynamic Geosphere and Ecosphere  
Global Environmental Hazards  
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)  
Population Geography (Mason Core)  
Geographic Approaches for Sustainable Development  
Physical Climatology  
Physical Climatology
Severe and Extreme Weather  
Severe and Extreme Weather
Physics of Renewable Energy  
Materials Science with Applications to Renewable Energy  
Environment and Culture  
EcoArt (Mason Core)  
Environmental Engineering and Science  
Sustainable Land Development  
Environmental Engineering Systems  
Conservation Theory  
Biodiversity Monitoring  
Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core)  
Environmental Economics for the Citizen (Mason Core)  
Environmental Economics  
Global Networks and Communities (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Conservation Studies (Mason Core)  
The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation (Mason Core)  
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)  
Conservation Biology (Mason Core)  
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability  
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)  
Wilderness Travel and Sustainability  
People With Nature  
Human Behavior in Natural Environments  
Introduction to Natural Resources Law  
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)  
Sustainable Tourism  
Total Credits 8