SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES MINOR

Sustainability: Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.

This interdisciplinary minor examines ways to limit actions that adversely affect the environment, and which have social and economic implications as well. The roles of science, engineering, business, government and individuals will be considered.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the technical and social aspects of a commitment to sustainability.
  2. Describe the ethical and philosophical underpinnings of a commitment to sustainability.
  3. Evaluate environmental processes and their nexus with human activity to examine sustainable (or unsustainable) practices.
  4. Examine and describe the human dimension of global environmental change.
  5. Describe the links between the global economic environment, resource availability and distribution, and their effects on sustainable practices.
  6. Define the links between non-sustainable practices, resource shortages and regional conflict.

REQUIREMENTS

The Sustainability Studies minor requires six (6) courses, two from each of the three categories below.

GEV 3001 (3 cr.) – Intro to Sustainability Studies is required for all students and replaces one course from either the Humanities or Policy electives.

Students may count one course from their major or a relevant master’s in Sustainable Engineering course toward the minor.

These course lists may be supplemented by the faculty advisor as new courses become available.

ENG 4690 - Amer. Lit & Cult. After 1900
ETH 3010 - Topics in Ethics
HIS 1065 - Global Env. History
HIS 2276 - American Env. History
HIS 4499 - Global Env. History
PHI 2121 - Environmental Ethics
PHI 2430 - Eco Feminism
PHI 4210 - Environmental Philosophy
PJ 3000  - Selected Topics 4
PJ 5000 - Selected Topics 4
THL 2460 - Bible and the Environment
THL 4330 - Christian Environmental Ethics
THL 4250 - Global Poverty and Justice
GEV 3001 - Intro to Sustainability Studies

1 Pre-requisites, see advisor
2 AP course credit may be applied
3 Associated lab section required, see advisor
4 Permission required

CEE 8303 - Urban Planning
ECO 3108 - Global Political Economy
ECO 4200 - Topics in Economics 4
GEV 2500 - Global Change in Local Places
GEV 2520 - Urban Geography
GEV 2525 - Population Geography
GEV 3000 - Selected Topics in Geo and the Env 4
GEV 3002 - Ecosystem Services
GEV 3307 - Urban Ecosystems
GEV 3570 - Land Use Planning
GEV 3580 - Natural Resources and Conservation
GEV 4330 - Selected Topics in Env. Policy 4
GEV 4331 - Env. Policy and Management
GEV 4332 - Water Resources Planning
GEV 4333 - Politics and the Environment
GEV 4334 - Environmental Law
GEV 4335 - Energy Policy
GEV 4340 - Selected Topics in Env. Issues 4
GEV 4510 - Special Topics in Geography 4
GEV 4517 - Sustainable Development
MGT 2208 - Global Corporate Responsibility
MGT 2352 - Business in Emerging Markets
PA 2000 - Public Policy
PJ 5000 - Justice through Agriculture
PSC 4275 - Special Topics 4
GEV 3001 - Intro to Sustainability Studies

1 Pre-requisites, see advisor
2 AP course credit may be applied
3 Associated lab section required, see advisor
4 Permission required

BIO 3255 - Introduction to Ecology 1
BIO 3485 - Marine Biology
BIO 3661 - Environment and Human Health
BIO 3955 - Lec & Lab in Topics in Biology
BIO 4385 - Global Change Ecology
BIO 4451/52 - Field Ecology and Evolution 1  3
BIO 4801 - Conservation Biology 1
CEE 2211 - Transportation Engineering 1
CEE 4607 - Special Topics 1
CEE 4608 - Project & Construction Management 4
CEE 4612 - CEE Undergrad Research 4
CEE 7829 - Sustainable Man Indust
CHE 4831 - Chem. Eng. Research 3 4
CHE 5001 - Industrial Liquid and Solid Waste
CHE-5332 - Sustainable Development
CHE 5715 - Alternative Energy
CHM 1311 - Inorganic Chemistry 3
EGR 7110 - Climate Change / Sustainability
EGR 7111 - Life Cycle / Impact Assessment
EGR 7112 - Econ / Social Equity Integ.
EGR 7113 - Sustainable Materials
GEV 1050 - Environmental Science I  3
GEV 1051 - Environmental Science II 1  3
GEV 1052 - Environmental Studies I 2
GEV 1053 - Environmental Studies II
GEV 2500 - Global Change in Local Places
GEV 3301 - Fisheries
GEV 3302 - Agriculture Sciences
GEV 3003 - Environmental Geology
GEV 3303 - Soil Science
GEV 3305 - Energy Systems
GEV 3306 - Alternative Energy
GEV 3308 - Environmental Health
GEV 3502 - Meterology
GEV 3521 - GIS for Urban Sustainability
GEV 4320 - Spec. Topics in Env Lab Sci
GEV 4328 - Climatology
GEV 4329 - Global Change Research
GEV 4350 - Spec Topics in Env Sci
GEV 4351 - Oceanography
GEV 4353 - Green Science
GEV 4354 - Biomimicry
GEV 4355 - Tropical Ecology
GEV 4356 - Global Change Science
GEV 4357 - Ecosystem Ecology
GEV 4511 - Climate Variability
GEV 4512 - Medical Geography
GEV 4515 - Terrestrial Ecosystems
GEV 4700 - Geographic Information Systems
MSE 20XX - Mendel Science Experience 3 4
ME 5130 - Intro to Sustainable Energy
ME 5140 - Design of Gravity Water Ntwrks
MET 1222 - Climate Change: Past and Present

1 Pre-requisites, see advisor
2 AP course credit may be applied
3 Associated lab section required, see advisor
4 Permission required


 

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During the Future of Packaging Consortium hosted by Villanova University, interdisciplinary student teams took part in a “packathon” that tasked them with developing creative solutions to challenges facing the packaging industry. The goal: roadmaps and strategies for driving toward a closed loop (zero waste) smart packaging system by 2030.

For more information, please contact Dr. Virginia Smith.


 

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