Sustainability Minor

Sustainability has as its core goal the development of systems of human behavior that enable both current and future generations to maintain a quality of life that is both productive and pleasing.  To achieve such a goal requires an interdisciplinary approach to answer the complex issues that challenge our ability to develop sustainable systems now and in the future.

Objectives of the Minor in SustainabilityStudents explore and understand the complexity of sustainability issues

  • Educate students from across campus on how to develop effective, interdisciplinary approaches to historic and emergent sustainability problems;
  • Engage students in team projects examining real-world issues, and;
  • Provide students practical/leadership immersion experiences that enables them to integrate and apply their skills off campus to complex sustainability problems.

 

Requirements for the Minor in SustainabilityMinimum of 18 credits required

  • At least nine credits must be at the 300-level or higher.
  • A common introductory course,  ENVIRON 207:  Sustainability and Society,  to ensure all students have a common core foundation
  • Courses in at least three of the following five areas to ensure breadth in sustainability issues:
    • Society, Culture, Justice and Activism
    • Business & Economics
    • Public Policy, Urban Planning & Law
    • Natural Sciences & Public Health
    • Technology, Engineering, & Design
  • A practical/leadership immersion experience to ensure students have the opportunity to explore existing and emerging sustainability issues in great depth in the field or through an internship.
  • A senior capstone course that addresses major sustainability issues in small sections that enables students to draw on their interdisciplinary experiences in team-based projects.

A list of classes that satisfy these requirements is provided below.

 

For more information and/or to enroll in the Minor in Sustainability, please contact Jaime Langdon, Concentration Advisor for Program in the Environment (environment.program@umich.edu)

Important things to know ...Before declaring the minor in sustainability

  • LSA students pursuing a minor in sustainability who are also in the Graham Sustainability Scholars program cannot have both the minor and the Scholars certificate reflected on their transcripts.  However, they are still eligible to participate fully in the Graham Scholars program, even if it is not reflected on their transcript.
  • Students can concentrate (or major) in Environment and be a Graham Scholar.
  • Students CANNOT concentrate in Environment and minor in Sustainability. 

 

Courses Satisfying Minor in Sustainability Requirements

Sustainability Minor Worksheet (PDF)

Students can use this worksheet to track their progress with minor requirements.

For more information and/or to enroll in the Minor in Sustainability, please contact Jaime Langdon, Concentration Advisor for Program in the Environment (environment.program@umich.edu)

Ready to declare?

Students can declare a minor in sustainability by attending a general information session. Reserve your spot today at the next session by using our online scheduling system.