GE Minor: Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability GE minor provides holistic perspectives on environmental issues by exploring relationships between society and nature through interdisciplinary connections of natural science, social science, humanities, and business. Choose courses from this GE minor to broaden your awareness of the environment and human interactions with ecosystems, learn different viewpoints about what the concept of "sustainability" means, and meet the challenges of promoting sustainability in the local community and at a global scale.

Requirements for a GE Minor in Environmental Sustainability (18 units)

In order to complete this GE Minor, students must take 18 units (six courses), by choosing one course from six of the categories below:

  • at least two must be upper-division courses
  • at least one must be a Writing Intensive course

Students should take care to choose classes from a variety of departments and disciplinary perspectives.

Category E -- Foundation Seminar
Choose one of the following:
Leadership for Global Challenges: Citizenship in a Sustainable World (G)
Scientific Thinking for Community Resilience
Category B1 -- Physical Science
Choose one of the following:
Environmental Geology and Geological Hazards (G, recommend GEOL 1060L )
Water in the West (G)
Water in the West
Category B2 -- Life Science
Sustainable Agriculture
Category B5 -- Upper Division Scientific Inquiry
Choose one of the following:
Human Ecology
Chemistry and the Environment
Natural Disasters (G)
Energy and the Environment (G)
Introduction to Systems Modeling
Category C4 -- Upper Division Arts or Humanities
Choose one of the following:
Analysis of Environmental Discourse (G, WI)
Environmental Literature (G, WI)
Philosophy in the World (DI, G, WI; Topic: Environmental Ethics)
Category D3 -- Social Science Discipline Perspective
Choose one of the following:
The Economy: Problems and Perspectives (G)
Environment and Society (G)
Category D4 -- Upper Division Social Science
Choose one of the following:
Environmental Sustainability
Climate Change (G)
Total18