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Minor in Sustainability

Singapore Gardens

This minor is designed for students who would like to explore the issue of sustainability from a broad set of perspectives. The minor is interdisciplinary, which means that students take classes from several different departments across the University and explore many different aspects of sustainability.  

Students examine three broad categories of sustainability:

  • Sustainability in Nature and Built Environments
  • Sustainability in Social, Economic, Business & Political Systems
  • Sustainability in Culture, Ethics, and Equity

Degree Plan

Students take one foundation course (GEP 206), and then four additional elective courses for a total of 17 units minimum

NOTE 1: Students must take at least one course from each of the three elective categories covering environmental systems, stewardship, and justice

NOTE 2: Students may take a maximum of two elective courses from any one department

NOTE 3: Students may take a maximum of two GE courses within the electives

Foundation Course (3 units)

  • GEP 206 - Society, Environment, and Sustainable Development (3) GE LD E

Sustainability in Natural and Built Environments (3 units minimum)

  • CHEM 300 - Chemistry in Sustainability (3) GE UP B
  • GEOL 301 - Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands (3) GE UD B
  • GEOL 302 - Climate Change (3) GE UD B
  • GEP 201 - Global Environmental Systems (3) GE LD B1
  • GEP 351 - Natural Hazards (3) GE UD B
  • GEP 362 - Environmental Impact Assessment (3-4)
  • GEP 373 - Energy, Technology, and Society (4)

Sustainability in Social, Economic, Business & Political Systems (3 units minimum)

  • BUS 386 - Social Entrepreneurship (4)
  • ECON 322 - Urban Economics (4) (Prerequisites: ECON 204 and ECON 205)
  • ECON 381 - Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (4) (Prerequisites: ECON 204 and ECON 205)
  • GEP 321 - Parks and Protected Areas (3-4)
  • GEP 323 - Natural Resources & Development (4)
  • GEP 325 - Global Food Systems: Scarcity and Sustainability (4)
  • GEP 326 - Water Law, Policy & Management (3-4)
  • GEP 360 - Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning (4)
  • POLS 314 - Environmental Political Theory (4)
  • POLS 421 - Federal and Intergovernmental Relations (3-4)
  • POLS 481 - Politics of Regulation and Land Use (3-4)
  • POLS 483 - Politics of Wealth and Poverty (4)
  • SOCI 328 - Sociology of the Environment (4) (Restricted to Sociology majors/minors and Sustainability minors)

Sustainability in Culture, Ethnics & Equity (3 units minimum)

  • ANTH 345 - Nature and Society: Topics in Anthropology and the Environment (4)
  • GEP 110 - Communication of Environmental Issues (3)
  • GEP 324 - Climate Change and Society (4)
  • GEP 330 - Environmental History (4) 
  • GEP 332 - Environmental Literature (3)
  • GLBL 110 - Communication of Global Social Justice (3)
  • NAMS 240 - Trauma and healing in the Anthropocene: Race, Species and Environment (3)
  • NAMS 346 - Philosophical Systems, Sacred Movements in Native America (3)
  • PHIL 203 - Global Justice (3)
  • PHIL 301 - Philosophy of Science and Technology (4)
  • PSY 485 - Ecopsychology (4) (Prerequisites: Psy 250; Restricted to Psychology majors)
  • SOCI 329 - Sociology of Climate Change (4) (Restricted to Sociology majors/minors and Sustainability minors)
  • SOCI 482 - Environmental Justice and Policy (4) (Restricted to Sociology majors/minors and Sustainability minors)