Sustainability, Minor

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Sustainability, Minor


Environment, Global, International, Policy, economics, social, urban

The sustainability minor is for students whose focus is on making a better world. Graduates with both skills in sustainability and a solid professional background in another field are receiving job offers because they bring useful and much-needed combinations of skills to organizations.


Students in the sustainability minor will learn about the concept of sustainability and how it may be used to develop solutions to pressing issues affecting society, organizations and the world. The minor introduces sustainability principles and explains how sustainability can be applied to all academic disciplines and professional fields. Students will explore the challenges of sustainability within human institutions, organizations, cultures and technology and in local, national and international contexts. The minor is intended to draw from and inform any major that is offered by the university.

At a Glance
Program Requirements

The sustainability minor requires 18 credit hours of study, at least nine of which must be upper-division. The program includes six credit hours of required core courses, six credit hours of required theme courses, and six credit hours of upper-division sustainability-related electives that relate to the student's major.
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00) or higher.
Required Core Courses -- 6 credit hours
Required Theme Courses -- 6 credit hours
Two courses, each from a different sustainability theme area below.
Coupled Human-Environment Systems
Earth Systems
Human Transformation of the Earth
Social, Political and Economic Treatment of Natural Resources and Environment
Upper-Division Sustainability-Related Electives -- 6 credit hours

Students should consult with their major advisor for upper division sustainability-related elective course selection. Possible courses for these electives can be explored at, but still need to be approved by the student's major academic advisor.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Majors Ineligible to Add This Minor: BA in business (sustainability); BA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in sustainability; BA in sustainability; BS in sustainability

Other Enrollment Requirements: Students interested in adding a minor in sustainability should work with their major academic advisor. A student's major advisor will approve the two upper-division electives required for the minor in sustainability.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

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ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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