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Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability Minor

The three courses associated with the Environmental Sustainability LLC can be applied to the Natural/Physical Science Elective for the Sustainability Minor through the Department of Geography and the Environment

View the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details about the minor.

 Minimum 24 Credit Hours

Minor Overview

Sustainability is a concept that is becoming increasingly used as human societies recognize the finite nature of many natural resources and the lingering ill effects of overconsumption, pollution, and poorly planned land uses. Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, and to do so while maintaining ecological processes, functions, biodiversity, and productivity into the future. An understanding of sustainability includes the scientific basis for sustainable resource use as well as the social and economic implications and/or costs of sustainable practices. Given the state of the global economy, the heavy reliance of both developed and developing nations on increasingly limited supplies of nonrenewable energy sources, and the resultant social unrest that is building throughout many parts of the world, understanding the challenges facing society today requires an interdisciplinary perspective of the problems we face in moving toward a sustainable future.