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