Select a Minor in Sustainability

15 hours CAN change the world

Missouri University of Science and Technology offers undergraduate students from any department the opportunity to pursue a minor in Sustainability.

Sustainability is the minimal use of natural resources, and the process of replacing used resources, to meet the current demands of society without compromising the needs of future generations.

The National Science Foundation in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering highlighted sustainability as a key theme to the “Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century.” The future well-being of human societies will be dependent on progress in our understanding of sustainability.

This multi-disciplinary undergraduate minor will prepare S&T students to evaluate efficient energy and materials usage, and greenhouse gas emissions in a global society. It will touch upon many fields of study including social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and business.

This minor has applications in the management of natural resources, such as energy and agriculture, and also in the development of businesses and engineering solutions. It relates not just to the development of technologies, but helps shape political and cultural policies to promote practices that lead to a more sustainable environment.

No matter what your major or career goal, you can help build a sustainable future!

Course Requirements

The minor requires 15 hours of approved classes. One class, CE/EnvE 365 Sustainability (3 credit hours), is required of all students. Students also take at least two approved classes from each of two general categories: social science classes and science/technical classes. Classes that meet the minor requirements in each category span many departments on campus, given the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability. At least nine credit hours must be from outside the student’s home degree program.
Required Class:
• EnvE 365 – Sustainability, Population, Energy, Water and Materials
This class looks at society-wide issues and the ethos of sustaining our social advancement and infrastructure development.
Social Science Classes (at least two required):
• Econ 340 - Environmental and Natural Resources Economics
• Econ 345 - Energy Economics
• History 270 - History of Technology to 1900
• History 271 - 20th Century Technology and Society
• History 275 - History of Science
• History 361 - American Environmental History
• Pol. Sci. 315 - Principles of Public Policy
• Pol. Sci. 325 - Science, Technology and Politics
• Pol. Sci. 350 - Politics of the Third World
• Psych 315 - Environmental Psychology
Technical and Science Classes (at least two required):
• Arch E/CE348 - Green Engineering: Analysis of Constructed Facilities
• BioSci 151 - Introduction to Environmental Science
• BioSci 364 - Global Ecology
• ChE 301 - Alternative Fuels
• ChemE 301 - Hazardous Materials Management
• EnvE 261 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
• EnvE/CE 363 - Solid Waste Management
• GE 347 - Introduction to International Engineering and Design
• GE 356 - Renewable Energy Systems
• GE/CerE 352 - International Engineering Design
• ME/AE 301 - Alternative Energy Engineering
• ME 381/AE 311 - Introduction to Composite Materials and Structures

The curricula criteria for this minor, including lists of approved courses in the two general categories, is maintained by the Sustainability Program Board.

Interested students may contact a Sustainability Program Board Representative to apply for the minor and to receive assistance with meeting requirements.