Sustainability Studies Minor: Courses and Program Requirements

  • Sustainability Studies classroom

    Dr. Hilario Molina, IUP Sociology, speaks in the Sustainability Studies Speaker’s Series on “Environmental Discrimination: Excluding the Poor from Sustainability”

  • Program Requirements

    Students must complete 18 credits and a capstone experience to earn a minor in sustainability studies. The program’s interdisciplinary approach encourages students to take courses from a variety of departments. The program is structured as follows:

    • All students will take SUST 201: Introduction to Sustainability.
    • Students must then take at least 12 credits from Category A, defined as courses in which substantial content is foundational to engagement with sustainability. These credits must be distributed across three “clusters,” each of which denotes a major aspect of sustainability (see below). Having taken one course from each of the three clusters, students will then be able to take the remaining Category A credits from a cluster of their choosing.
    • Only 3 credits may come from Category B, defined as courses in which significant content is foundational to engagement with sustainability. Because their content may vary, courses from Category B must be approved by the program director to count for the minor.
    • At least 6 credits must be at the 300 level or above.
    • Only one course may come from the student’s major.
    • With the exception of SUST courses, no course prefix may be used more than twice without written permission from the program director.
    • Special topics, independent study courses, and internship courses may be applied to either Category A or Category B with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Committee.
    • Students should consult with the program director to determine if there are any prerequisites for the courses listed below. Through counseling, the program coordinator will work with individual departments to determine if students may qualify for prerequisite exemptions.
    • Students will work with an advisor from the Sustainability Studies program to develop a capstone experience that synthesizes their knowledge and skills related to sustainability. This requirement may be fulfilled by one of the following options: a portfolio, conference presentation, or other scholarly activity approved by the program director

    What Category A courses are part of the Sustainability Studies Minor?

    Cluster I: Ethics, Culture, and Society
    Course Number Course Name Credits Offered Fall 2018
    ANTH 420 Cultural Ecology 3cr Yes
    ANTH 430 Anthropology of Food 3cr No
    ENGL 361 Environmental Literature 3cr No
    HIST 385 People in Nature 3cr No
    PHIL 270 Ethics and the Environment 3cr No
    RLST 365 Native North American Religions 3cr No
    SOC 481 Critical Race Theory and Environmental Justice (Special Topics Course) 3cr Yes
    ENG 398 Global Genres—Novel Visions: Ecology and Environmental Justice through the Lens of Global Literature 3cr No
    Cluster II: Natural Sciences and Environmental Stewardship
    Course Number Course Name Credits Offered Fall 2018
    BIOL 103 Life on Earth 4cr Yes
    BIOL 115 Biotic Diversity of North America (Punxy/NorthPointe) 3cr No
    BIOL 201 Principles of Ecology and Evolution 4cr Yes
    BIOL 221 Environmental Health and Protection 4cr No
    BIOL 272 Conservation of Plant and Animal Resources 3cr Yes
    BIOL 450 Field Biology and Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology 4cr No
    BIOL 490 Field Studies in Biology 3cr Yes
    GEOS 101 The Dynamic Earth 3cr Yes
    GEOS 103 Oceans and Atmospheres 3cr Yes
    GEOS 310 Environmental Geology 4cr No
    GEOS 370 Oceanography 4cr No
    PHYS 101 Energy and Our Environment 3cr No
    PSYC 331 Environmental Psychology 3cr No
    Cluster III: Environmental Policy, Economics, and Law
    Course Number Course Name Credits Offered Fall 2018
    CRIM 374 Environmental Crime and Justice 3cr No
    ECON 361 Environmental Economics 3cr No
    FDNT 470 Human Food Consumption Patterns 3cr Yes
    GEOG/RGPL 103 Global Cities: Issues in Planning and Development 3cr Yes
    GEOG 104 World Geography: Global Context 3cr Yes
    GEOG 481/581 Special Topics: Field Study in India 3cr No
    GEOG/RGPL 343 Geography of Fresh Water Resources 3cr Yes
    GEOG/RGPL 345 Biogeography for Environmental Managers 3cr No
    GEOG/RGPL 440 Conservation: Environmental Analysis 3cr No
    MKTG 444 Green Marketing 3cr No
    RGPL 426 Environmental Land Use Planning 3cr No

    What Category B courses are part of the Sustainability Studies Minor?

    Category B Courses
    Course Number Course Name Credits Offered Fall 2018
    ANTH 110 Contemporary Anthropology 3cr Yes
    ANTH 213 World Archaeology 3cr No
    ANTH 314 Contemporary Native American Cultures 3cr Yes
    ANTH 444 Medical Anthropology 3cr No
    ART 113 Three-Dimensional Design 3cr Yes
    ART 213 Woodworking: Function and Form 3cr Yes
    BIOL 323 Introduction to Toxicology and Risk Assessment 3cr No
    BIOL 362 Ecology 3cr No
    BIOL 456 Ecological Toxicology 3cr Yes
    ECON 338 Poverty in Africa 3cr No
    ECON 339 Economic Development I 3cr Yes
    ECON 365 Economics of Tourism 3cr No
    GEOG 230 Cultural Geography 3cr Yes
    GEOG 435 Geography of Energy 3cr Yes
    GEOS 150 Geology of National Parks 3cr No
    GEOS 152 Physical Resources of the Earth 3cr No
    GEOS 201 Foundations of Geology 4cr Yes
    GEOS 324 Geology of Oil and Gas 4cr Yes
    KHSS 143 Physical Well-Being 3cr Yes
    JRNL 375 World News Coverage 3cr Yes
    JRNL 466 Community Journalism 3cr No
    NURS 143 Healthy People - Promoting Wellness 3cr Yes
    PHIL 122 Contemporary Moral Issues 3cr Yes
    PLSC 250 Public Policy 3cr Yes
    PLSC 389 International Development Strategies 3cr No
    PSYC 330 Social Psychology 3cr Yes
    RLST 485 Selected Topics in Feminist Studies of Religion 3cr No
    SOC 337 Society, Globalization, and Risk 3cr Yes
    SOC 340 Sociology of Industry 3cr No
    SOC 417 Global Service Learning 3cr No

    Please also refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for additional information about the minor which is housed in both the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.