Multidisciplinary Studies
Center

Undergraduate Programs

Sustainability

The Sustainability minor is intentionally interdisciplinary and includes core classes from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The minor allows for three additional electives chosen from the sciences or social sciences (at least one science elective is required). The goal of the minor is to provide a curriculum that encourages students to learn to communicate and to solve problems of societal relevance that straddle disciplinary boundaries in sustainability and global change.

*Students who want to use this interdisciplinary minor to meet either the natural science or the social science distribution requirement must take four of the six required classes from that division.

Program Management and Advisor

Students who want to declare a Sustainability minor or who want to discuss questions about a Sustainability minor should contact the program advisor, Professor Karen Berger (Earth and Environmental Sciences) at karen.berger@rochester.edu

The Steering Committee for the Sustainability minor was comprised of faculty from Anthropology, Chemical Engineering, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Philosophy, and Political Science Departments.

Requirements

Prerequisite Statement: Some classes require prerequisites (noted below). AP equivalents or instructor approval is also acceptable.

CORE: Three courses.

Required:

  • EES 103: Introduction to Environmental Science

Choose two from the following list:
If more than two classes are taken, then the additional classes can be counted as an elective for the minor.

  • PHL 230: Environmental Justice (H) OR HIS 300W: History of Nature (S) [prior to fall 2013 HIS 371]
  • ECO 238: Environmental Economics (S)
  • PSC 247: Green Markets OR PSC 246: Environmental Law and Policy (S)
  • ANT 224: Anthropology of Development OR ANT 223: Nature, Landscape and Environment (S)

ELECTIVES: Choose three. At least one elective must be in science or engineering.

  • ANT 219/EES 310: Interdisciplinary Topics in Sustainability (S)
  • BIO 104: Ecosystem Conservation and Human Society OR BIO 263: Ecology (N)
  • CHE 150: Green Energy (N)
  • CHE 260: Solar Cells (N)
  • CHE 264: Biofuels (N)
  • CHM 286: Energy: Science, Technology and Society (N)
  • EES 105: Introduction to Climate Change (N)
  • EES 211: Geohazards and their Mitigation: Living on an Active Planet (N)
  • EES 212: Climate Change for an Oceanography Perspective (N)
  • EES 213: Hydrology and Water Resources (N)
  • EES 215: Environmental and Applied Geophysics (N)
  • EES 119/219: Energy and Society (N)
  • EES 265: Paleoclimate (N)
  • EES 320: Sustainable Systems (N)
  • CAS 245/ENG 245: Literature and the Modern Environmental Imagination (H)
  • CAS 267/ENG 267: Media Space: From Film to Smart Phones (H)
  • PSC 243: Environmental Politics (S)