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Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ENSUSTMIN)Integrated Program in the Environment

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.

Description

The curriculum of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies minor is designed to provide students a broad introduction to the complex system-scale challenges of sustainability as well as the tools needed to address problems that transcend solely social or environmental domains. It combines introductory coursework with classes on human-environment systems.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introduction to Sustainability Studies. One (1) course:
    • SPEA-E 183 Environment and People
  2. Human-Environment Systems. One (1) course:
    • (approved topic: "Pleasure, Pain, and Peak Oil")
    • (approved topic: "Language Hotspots and Biodiversity")
    • (approved topic: "Arctic Encounters: Animals, People and Ships")
    • (approved topics: "Nature and the City"; "Negotiating Climate: Culture, Science, Politics")
    • SPEA-E 332 Introduction to Applied Ecology
    • SPEA-E 400 Topics in Environmental Studies (approved topic: "Food systems and community resilience")
    • SPEA-E 457 Introduction to Conservation Biology
    • SPEA-V 424 Environmental Law, Justice, and Politics
    • SPH-O 305 Integrated Resource Management
    • SPH-O 360 Human Health and Natural Environments
  3. Focal Area. One (1) of the following:
    1. Sustainable Food Systems.
      • Core Courses. Two (2) courses:
        • SPEA-E 417 Fundamentals of Sustainable Agriculture
        • SPEA-V 413 Food Systems and Community Resilience
      • Elective Courses. Two (2) additional courses:
        • (approved topic: "Chocolate: Local Farmers, Global Economies")
        • (approved topic: "Food Security")
        • SPEA-E 400 Topics in Environmental Studies (approved topics: "Farming the City: Global Perspectives on Urban Agriculture and Food Security"; "Permaculture")
        • SPEA-E 417 Fundamentals of Sustainable Agriculture
        • SPEA-E 450 Soil Science and Management
        • SPEA-V 413 Food Systems and Community Resilience
        • *Independent study, readings, research, or practicum in sustainable food systems from any department (3 cr.) with pre-approval of the Program
    2. Sustainable Energy, Resources and Climate. Four (4) courses:
      • Sustainable Energy
        • BUS-L 355 Topics in Business Law (approved topic: "Renewable Energy Law and Policy")
        • (approved topic: "International Energy Markets: Environmental, Economic and Health Aspects")
        • SPEA-E 400 Topics in Environmental Studies (approved topics: "The Foundations of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)"; "Environmental Sustainability")
        • SPEA-E 401 Human Behavior and Energy Consumption
        • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (approved topics: "Public Transit Management"; "Climate Change and Electricity")
        • SPH-O 305 Integrated Resource Management
        • SPH-O 360 Human Health and Natural Environments
        • SPH-T 301 Sustainable Tourism
      • Sustainable Resources
        • SPEA-E 431 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
        • SPEA-E 451 Air Pollution and Control
        • SPEA-E 452 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
        • SPEA-E 456 Lake and Watershed Management
      • Climate Studies
        • (approved topic: "Negotiating Climate: Culture, Science, Politics")
      • Policy and Development
        • (approved topic: "Environmental and Energy Diplomacy")
        • BUS-L 302 Sustainability Law & Policy
        • BUS-G 316 Sustainable Enterprise
        • SPEA-E 340 Environmental Economics and Finance
        • SPEA-E 363 Environmental Management
        • SPEA-E 476 Environmental Law and Regulation
        • Independent study, readings, research, or practicum in sustainable energy, resources and climate from any department with pre-approval from the Program
    3. Environmental Ethics and Justice.
      • Core Courses. Two (2) courses:
        • (approved topic: "Environmental Justice")
        • SPH-O 313 Wilderness and Protected Lands
        • SPH-O 360 Human Health and Natural Environments
      • Elective Courses. Two (2) additional courses:
        • (program approval required; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topic: "Environmental Justice")
        • SPEA-V 424 Environmental Law, Justice, and Politics
        • SPH-O 313 Wilderness and Protected Lands
        • SPH-O 360 Human Health and Natural Environments
        • Independent study, readings, research, or practicum in environmental ethics and justice from any department (3 cr.) with pre-approval of the Program
    4. Biodiversity and Sustainability.
      • Core Courses. Two (2) courses:
        • SPEA-E 457 Introduction to Conservation Biology
        • SPH-O 310 Ecosystem Management
      • Elective Courses. Two (2) additional courses:
        • SPEA-E 332 Introduction to Applied Ecology
        • SPEA-E 363 Environmental Management
        • SPEA-E 422 Urban Forest Management
        • SPEA-E 456 Lake and Watershed Management
        • SPEA-E 457 Introduction to Conservation Biology
        • SPEA-E 460 Fisheries and Wildlife Management
        • SPEA-E 476 Environmental Law and Regulation
        • SPEA-E 482 Overseas Topics in Environmental Science
        • SPH-O 310 Ecosystem Management
        • SPH-O 313 Wilderness and Protected Lands
        • SPH-O 360 Human Health and Natural Environments
        • SPH-T 301 Sustainable Tourism
        • Independent study, readings, research, or practicum in biodiversity and sustainability from any department (3 cr.) with pre-approval of the Program
    5. Individualized. 12 credit hours of courses selected in consultation with the Environmental and Sustainability Studies academic advisor and approved by the director of the program.
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.