Minor in Sustainability Studies

Application and Requirements

Auburn University is now offering a Minor in Sustainability. In order to pursue a minor in sustainability studies, students should file a Plan of Study, in consultation with the Director of Academic Sustainability Programs (Dr. Nanette Chadwick chadwna@auburn.edu), as early as possible. The Plan of Study is ideally completed within the first semester of taking courses toward the minor. The completion and filing of the Plan of Study is a prerequisite to enrolling in the senior capstone class.

Requirements-15 Semester Hours

All students are required to take:

I. Knowledge of Sustainability--Required--3 Credit Hours

SUST 2000, Introduction to Sustainability (3) ­required for all students, and is highly recommended to be taken before taking other courses to be applied to the minor. Prerequisite: minimum of sophomore standing.

NEW as of 2013-14: SUST 2000 will be offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. So, if you are unable to take this class in the Fall, plan on taking it in the spring semester, starting in Spring 2014. You may begin taking minor elective courses before you take this introductory course.

SUST 2000 also is approved as a course for the minor in Community and Civic Engagement, which is housed in the College of Liberal Arts. This course may count as credit toward either of these minors, but not toward both at the same time.

II. Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Understanding-9 Credit Hours

Choose 3 courses from the following list of electives. The student will choose classes that cover at least two of principal issues in sustainability: general economic issues, environment, and social justice. There may be classes not on this list that are appropriate for the minor and may be approved by the Director of Academic Sustainability Programs as credit toward completion of the minor. 

III.Demonstration of Knowledge--Required--3 Credit Hours

SUST 5000, Senior Capstone in Sustainability (3)*required for all students. Prerequisites: SUST 2000, Program of Study filed with Director of Academic Sustainability Programs. Completion of at least 6 hours of approved electives. All elective course credits must be completed before or concurrently with the capstone course. Students may take no more than one elective concurrently with this class. Strongly recommended to be taken in senior year.

NOTE: This course is currently offered in Spring semester only. However, if you expect to be unable to take this course in Spring, contact the Director of Academic Sustainability Programs, Dr. Nanette Chadwick chadwna@auburn.edu for alternatives.

Electives

(NOTE: Not every course is offered every semester. If you have trouble finding courses to fulfill your requirements, talk to your advisor or email the Director of Academic Sustainability Programs, Dr. Nanette Chadwick, at chadwna@auburn.edu.)

Society and Markets:

  • CAHS 2000: Global Consumer Culture (3)
  • FOWS 4310: Ecotourism (3)
  • FOWS 5320: Environmental Services (3)
  • RSOC 3190: Food, Agriculture, and Society (3)
  • RSOC 5650: Sociology of Natural Resources and the Environment (3) PR junior or senior standing

Environment:

  • AGRN 5000: Soils and Environment Quality (3) PR AGRN 2040
  • AGRN 5400: Bioenergy and the Environment (3) PR junior standing
  • ARCH 4900: Readings in Landscape Architecture (3) PR permission of instructor
  • BIOL 3060: Ecology, PR 8 hrs Biology (3)
  • BIOL 5090: Conservation Biology (3) PR Ecology
  • BIOL 5150: Community Ecology (3) PR Ecology
  • BSEN 3230: Natural Resource Conservation Engineering (3) PR CIVL 3110
  • BSEN 3500: Natural Resource Systems Conservation (3) PR MATH 1130
  • CADS 3970: Sustainable Design and LEED Accreditation (3)
  • CPLN 5070: Planning and the Environment (all related course titles under this number) (3)
  • CPLN 5500 and 5600:Environmental Planning (3) PR junior or senior standing
  • FORY 4970/7970: Urban Ecology (3)
  • FOWS 2033: Introduction to Environmental Education (3) Online course.
  • FOWS 4310: Ecotourism (3)
  • FOWS 5320: Environmental Services (3)
  • GEOG 2020: Physical Geography (3)
  • GEOG 5010: Urban Geography (3)
  • GEOG 5210: Climatology (3)
  • HIST 3550: American Environmental History (3)
  • HIST 3620: Landscape and Culture (3)
  • *MATL 2210 Materials for Sustainable Energy Production and Storage (1)
  • *MATL 2220 Materials and the Environment (1)
  • *MATL 2230 Mineral Resources: Availability and Processing (1), PR Chemistry or permission of the instructor. (*Take all 3 to count as one 3-credit elective.)
  • MECH 5970 Renewable Energy Resources and Applications (3) PR Thermo I (ENGR 2010) or Intro. to Thermal Sciences (ENGR 2200) or permission of instructor.
  • RSOC 5650: Sociology of Natural Resources and the Environment (3) PR junior or senior standing

Social Justice:

  • ANSC 2010: Animals and Society (3)
  • ANTH 3700: Political Ecology (3)
  • CPLN 5970: Sustainable Transportation Planning (3)
  • CPLN 5070: Planning and the Environment (all related course titles under this number) (3)
  • FORY 5310: Environmental Ethics (3) PR junior or senior standing
  • FOWS 2033: Introduction to Environmental Education (3) Online course.
  • FOWS 4310: Ecotourism (3)
  • FOWS 5320: Environmental Services (3)
  • GEOG 5010: Urban Geography (3)
  • HDFS 4700: Gender in Close Relationships (3)
  • HIST 3550: American Environmental History (3)
  • HIST 3620: Landscape and Culture (3)
  • HUSC 2000/2007: Hunger: Causes, consequences and responses (3)
  • RELG 4970: Religion and the Environment (3)
  • RSOC 3190: Food, Agriculture, and Society (3)
  • RSOC 5650: Sociology of Natural Resources and the Environment (3) PR junior or senior standing

 

Last Updated: March 28, 2014

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