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Environment and Sustainability Minor

Geography & Philosophy
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2018. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • The environment and sustainability minor is now being offered through the environment, sustainability, and geography minor. Students interested are encouraged to pursue this degree option.
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
The environment and sustainability minor complements any degree program concerned with the natural world and social world and how one impacts the other. The focus is the impact of humans on the environment. The minor augments degrees in anthropology, biology, education, environmental education, geography, geology, law, philosophy, political science, and sociology.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Environment and Sustainability Core (15 cr)
ES 1001 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
ES 2803 - Issues in Global Ecology [LE CAT] (3.0 cr)
ES 3100 - Sustainable Food Systems (4.0 cr)
ES 3500 - Ecological Economics (3.0 cr)
ES 4010 - Seminar (4.0 cr)
Electives (9 cr)
Students propose at least three different elective courses above the 2xxx level. Courses already taken may or may not be accepted. One proposed course may be applicable to a complementary major, minor or certificate. Students must consult with an ES adviser before selecting their elective courses.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
ES Elective Proposal form found here: z.umn.edu/umdclaprograms
· (Student proposes courses)
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ES 2803 - Issues in Global Ecology (LE CAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
An examination of our most pressing global environmental problems and their most promising solutions.
ES 3100 - Sustainable Food Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical and contemporary food systems within sustainability framework. Understands food within social, political, economic and environmental contexts. Looks at sustainable production, consumption and processing issues. Lab time is spent at the UMD Land Lab and include experiential learning opportunities within the Duluth community.
ES 3500 - Ecological Economics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examine the basic principles and assumptions of Micro and Macro Economics, and their relevance in our modern global economic system. Examine the environmental/social consequences of deviations from these assumptions, and alternative economic models/analyses and policies consistent with sustainable development. prereq: [ES major or minor or URS major] and [Econ 1022 or Econ 1023] or instructor consent
ES 4010 - Seminar
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Compare and contrast global free market capitalism and democratic socialism. Identify political and economic barriers to achieving the goal of sustainable development. Examine the recent history of the move towards global free market capitalism around the world and its implications for sustainable development. Develop sustainable development projects and write proposals to targeted funders. prereq: ES major or minor, 90 credits; credit will not be granted if already received for 5001