Upon completion of this minor, students will be able to:
- Define sustainability.
- Describe the interdependency of sustainability’s three pillars of equity, environment, and economy.
- Identify existing conditions of: a) environmental degradation, b) economic failure, and c) social inequity; and provide plausible explanations for their cause, interdependency, and reasonable ideas for their resolution.
- State the importance of inter-generational responsibilities to sustainability.
- Describe inequities generated by current economic systems and access to resources.
- Describe the current state of knowledge regarding global climate change, accurately depict where uncertainty exists with respect to climate change, and identify examples of social (i.e. equity), economic, and environmental impacts resulting from climate changes.
- Explain the role of technology and its influences on sustainability.
- Describe how physical processes and systems create limitations upon and influence the needs of societies. This requires a working knowledge of the laws of thermodynamics; greenhouse effect; circulation of air and ocean currents; hydrological connectivity and watersheds, solid waste streams, and energy and food production, among others.
The curriculum in the minor is structured around the three perspectives of environment, equity and economy. Coursework must include at least one course from each of these perspectives.
Special topics courses, internships, independent studies, and other courses that are not listed in the minor may qualify for credit and will be evaluated case-by-case by the Director of the Sustainable Development Minor.
The following courses are required for the minor (starting fall 2018)
GES 1500: Intro to Environmental Studies and Sustainability (offered fall semester only) 4 credits
GES 4800 Sustainability Seminar (prereq. GES 1500, junior standing; offered spring semester only) 3 credits
For those students currently in the minor - you may elect to complete the minor utilizing the pre-fall 2018 requirements or switch to the new requirements. For students utilizing the pre-Fall 2018 requirements, please refer to the requirements page for core courses requirements. Courses listed on the electives courses page that are marked with a (*) are those that qualify as core courses for students completing requirements under the pre-Fall 2018 requirements.
(current offerings for Fall 2019 are indicated in red)
Courses listed as electives in the Sustainability minor include a significant component or unit dedicated to sustainability issues, knowledge, or applications, but may not have a predominant focus on sustainability or sustainable development. Electives do not necessarily integrate material across the three perspectives of social equity, economic development, and environmental protection.
The following courses, grouped by perspective, are currently approved for elective credits in the minor. Note that not all of these are offered every year. Those marked with a (*) are those that qualify as core courses for students completing requirements under the pre-Fall 2018 requirements.
BIOL 3750 Conservation Biology*
BIOL1510/CHEM 1111 Environmental Science*
HSCI 4090: Food, Culture, Community and Health*
CHEM 4521 Environmental Chemistry
GES 1000 Climate & Vegetation
GES 4480 Environmental Problems of Colorado
ANTH 4270 Landscape Arch., Sustain., Collapse
PES 2500 Sustainable Energy Fundamentals
GEOL 3700 Environmental Geology*
GES 3170 Saving Place*
GES 4650 Restoration Geographies
GES 4170 Writing Place
GES 4500 Water Resources & Problems
MAE 2301 Thermodynamics
PES 1510 Energy Science II
ENSC 4600: Adv. Solar Energy
GES 3180 Changing Place*
ENSC/PES 1500 Energy Science I*
SOC 4250 Sociology of the Environment*
GES 4420 Conservation & Public Lands
GES 4510 Applied Hydrology
GES 4570 Military, Environment & Society
PES 1600/PES 1620 Intro Solar Energy
GES 4660 Field Studies (Urban Ecology)
ECON 2310 Economics of Sustainability
ECON 3310 Ecological Economics*
COMM 4290 Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility*
ECON 3610 Work and Pay*
PSC 4280/ECON 4280 International Political Economy*
ECON 3770 Economic Development*
HRMG 4850 Research Project (must be related to sustainable development)*
ANTH 3430 Approaches to Globalization*
WEST 2010 Intro to Race and Gender*
WEST 4280 Nat. American Phil. Thought*
GES 4680 Inequality USA*
PHIL 1400 Intro to Sustainability and Env’tl Ethics*
WEST 3150 Power, Privilege & Social Diff.
WEST 3250 Peoples & Cultures of the S.W.
GES 4780 Global Migration
PSC 4290 International Environ Politics
SOC 4220 Sustainable Urban Development
GES 4560 Cultural & Political Ecology*
WEST 3220 Nat. American Communities*
WEST 3420 North American Indians*
WEST 4120: Indigenous Views on Sustainability*
ANTH 3660 Applied Community Studies
WEST 3400 Race and Gender Theory
PHIL 4140 Phil, Glob & Sustainability
GES 4610 Urban Geography
PSC 4350 Environmental Pol & Admin
WEST 4700 Global Feminism
SOC 4380 Globalization and Development*
WEST 4400 Indigenous Peoples*
GES 4920 Geography of Food
GES 4730 Population Geography
ANTH 3040 Women Around the World
WEST 4140 Katrina: The Nation at Crossroads
PHIL 3500: Buddhist Philosophy
GES 4620 Race, Ethnicity, & Place
WEST 4200 Sociology of Poverty
GES 4460 Field Studies in Geography (Silverton)