Sustainability Minor

15 hours CAN change the world

Missouri S&T 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, you can help build a sustainable future!

Course Requirements

The minor requires 15 hours of approved classes. One class, CE/EnvE 5642 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 (see below). 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 5642 – Sustainability, Population, Energy, Water and Materials
    This class looks at society-wide issues and the ethos of sustaining our social advancement and infrastructure development.

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.

2020-2021 Board of Representatives

Arts & Humanities

Shane Epting
(573) 341-4869
Michael Meagher
(573) 341-4342


Mark Fitch (Chair)
(573) 341-4431
Joel Burken
(573) 341-6547


Thomas Schuman
(573) 341-6236
Prakash Reddy
(573) 341-4768

Social Sciences

Wen-Bin (Vincent) Yu
(573) 341-7502
Bonnie Bachman
(573) 341-4976

Social Science Classes (at least two required):

  • Econ 4440 - Environmental and Natural Resources Economics
  • Econ 4540 - Energy Economics
  • History 2510 - History of Technology
  • History 3510 - 20th Century Technology and Society
  • History 2530 - History of Science
  • History 3470 - American Environmental History
  • Pol. Sci. 3300 - Principles of Public Policy
  • Pol. Sci. 3510 - Politics of the Third World
  • Psych 4730 - Environmental Psychology

Technical and Science Classes (at least two required):

  • Arch E/CE 5448 - Green Engineering: Analysis of Constructed Facilities
  • BioSci 1173 - Introduction to Environmental Science
  • BioSci 5463 - Global Ecology
  • ChE 5330 - Alternative Fuels
  • ChemE 5305 - Hazardous Materials Management
  • EnvE 2601 - Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering and Science
  • EnvE/CE 5670 - Solid Waste Management
  • GE 5247 - Introduction to International Engineering and Design
  • GE 5556 - Renewable Energy Systems
  • GE/CerE 4510 - International Engineering Design
  • ME 5282/AE 5282 - Introduction to Composite Materials and Structures