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The Sustainability Studies Minor

The minor in Sustainability Studies will facilitate deeper student exploration of complex interrelationships among contemporary environmental, social and economic problems and their possible solutions. In addition, courses will help student’s articulate personal philosophies to guide more sustainable lifestyles (i.e. choices for resource use and other behaviors). After completing a minor in Sustainability Studies, students will be expected to have the requisite interdisciplinary knowledge to think clearly and critically about the complexity of interrelated environmental, social, and economic problems. In addition, the working vocabulary associated with this knowledge base will enable them to communicate across disciplines and more effectively work as part of teams engaged in seeking solutions to problems of sustainability within the business sector, government and non-governmental agencies, the public policy realm, and environmental organizations, among other institutions. In short, the acquisition of a broader, synthetic understanding of complex contemporary sustainability-related issues will allow RWU graduates completing the minor to contribute more effectively in their future careers and as public citizens to creating a more sustainable future for humanity and other species on Earth.

Requirements for the Minor in Sustainability Studies

SUST 101 Introduction to Sustainability Studies  
SUST 301 Analysis and Decision Making for Sustainability  
SUST 401 Working Toward Sustainability  

Three of the following courses, one of which must be at the 200 level or above:

ANTH 222 Environmental Anthropology  
ARCH 101 Introduction to Architecture  
ARCH 321 Site and Environment  
ARCH 461 Introduction to Landscape Architecture
ARCH 593 Sustainable Paradigms  
AAH 423 Nature and Art  
BIO 104 Biology II and Lab  
BIO 231 Bioethics: Life, Health and Environment#  
BIO 240 Concepts of Ecology#  
BIO 312 Conservation Biology#  
BIO 320 Marine Ecology and Lab*  
BIO 345 Aquaculture and Lab#  
BIO 360 Limnology and Lab*  
BIO/NATSC 375 Soil Ecology and Lab#  
CHEM 201 Environmental Chemistry I and Lab*  
CHEM 202 Environmental Chemistry II and Lab*  
CHEM 434 Advanced Environmental Chemistry*  
CNST 540 Sustainable Construction*  
ECON 320 Resource and Environmental Economics*  
ENG 110 Serpents, Swords, and Symbols  
ENGR 320 Environmental Engineering*  
ENGR 340 Renewable Energy Systems  
ENGR 405 Air pollution and control*  
ENGR 407 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management*
ENGR 412 Water Resources Engineering and Lab*
ENGR 415 Waste Water Treatment*  
HIST 354 United States Environmental History*  
HP 150 Introduction to Historic Preservation  
NATSC 103 Earth System Science and Lab  
NATSC 203 Humans, Environmental Change and Sustainability
NATSC 204 Principles of Oceanography#  
NATSC 301 Marine Resource Management#  
NATSC 310 Biogeochemical Cycling*  
NATSC 333 Environmental Monitoring and Analysis and Lab*
NATSC 401 Environmental Toxicology and Lab*  
PLS 200 Environmental Law  
POLSC 383 Environmental Politics and Policy#  
SUST 430 Special Topics in Sustainability Studies#

*These courses have pre-requisite requirements that do not
fulfill requirements for completion of the Sustainability
Studies minor. Some pre-requisites may be waived with
instructor’s permission.

#These courses have pre-requisite requirements that fulfill
requirements for the Sustainability Studies minor.