Environmental Science and Society

Mark Jefferson/Science Complex 301V

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

Phone: 734.487.6723

[email protected]

Sustainability Minor Curriculum

Scholarly discussions of sustainability aim to address three basic questions: sustainability of what, for what, for whom, and why? The Sustainability Minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to answering these questions. Students who participate in the Minor will think critically about different views of sustainability, and will refine their abilities to communicate effectively with regard to sustainability-related issues.

Students interested in pursuing the Sustainability minor are encouraged to contact the program advisor, Dr. John Oswald ([email protected]).

Required Core Classes: 9 Hours

ENVI 107- Environmental Science [GEGA]: An introduction to the biological, physical, and chemical processes that control today’s environmental conditions. 

GEOG 150- Thinking Sustainably [GEGA]: This course will provide students with a comprehensive and broad-based introduction to the world of sustainability by exploring its origins, philosophy, proponents and detractors.

PHIL 229- Environmental Ethics [GEKH]: The course introduces philosophical perspectives on the environment from a variety of traditions and perspectives, and applies these perspectives to such issues as climate change, animals rights, preservation, pollution, sustainability, population, energy and future generations.

Restricted Elective Courses: 12 Hours

Students can select from a range of classes in Design & Technology, Society, Planning, Justice, Business & Economics and Sciences. 

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