Minor in Sustainability

OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: None.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: C- or higher is required for required courses

Contact information: Dr. Kate Ruskin, Program Coordinator, 123 Bryand Global Science Center, (207) 581-3177, katharine.ruskin@maine.edu

Residency Requirement: 9 credits of required courses must be taken at the University of Maine

From business to education to engineering to health sciences, there is growing need to incorporate sustainability practices into all sectors, which requires that professionals throughout the workforce are conversant in sustainability science and can apply its principles to real-world problems. The minor in Sustainability grounds students with a foundational understanding of 1) how our environment works, 2) sustainability science, and 3) problem-solving in an interdisciplinary context. Spanning many fields, electives then encourage students to apply the principles of sustainability to their own disciplines, training them to apply sustainability practices in their future professions.

Courses:


EES 100 – Human Population and the Global Environment: 3 Credits

AND

ECO 381 – SL: Sustainability Science, Policy, and Action: 3 Credits

Plus at least 12 credits from the following list:


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
ANT 225 – Climate Change, Cultures, and Societies: 3 Credits
ANT 250 – Conservation Anthropology: The Socio-Cultural Dimension of Environmental Issues: 3 Credits
ANT 295 – American Indians and Climate Change: 3 Credits
ANT 311 – Geography of Climate Change: 3 Credits
ANT 410 – Human Dimensions of Climate Change: 3 Credits
CMJ 107 – Environmental Communication: 3 Credits
CMJ 404 – Risk Communication: 3 Credits
DIS 450 – Disability: Population and Environment Diversity: 3 Credits
HTY 210 – History of Maine: 3 Credits
HTY 270 – Environmental Justice Movements in the United States: 3 Credits
HTY 480 – U.S. Environmental History: 3 Credits
MES 301 – Rachel Carson, Maine, and the Environment: 3 Credits
PHI 232 – Environmental Ethics: 3 Credits
PHI 332 – Environmental Philosophy: 3 Credits
PHI 345 – Global Justice: 3 Credits
PHI 432 – Environmental Justice: 3 Credits
WGS 230 – Women, Health, and the Environment: 3 Credits

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

AVS 254 – Intro to Animal Microbiomes: 3 Credits
AVS 446 – Forage Science and Range Management: 3 Credits
AVS 477 – Zoonoses and Animal Health: 3 Credits
BMB 300/305 – General Microbiology: 3-5 Credits
BIO 122 – Biology: The Living Science: 3 Credits
BIO 205 – Field Natural History of Maine: 4 Credits
BIO 309 – Sustainability and Conservation Travel Study: 3 Credits
BIO 311 – Animal Ecophysiology: 3 Credits
BIO 319 – General Ecology: 3 Credits
BIO 342 – Plants in Our World: 3 Credits
BIO 431 – Emerging Infectious Diseases: 4 Credits
BIO 455 – Biological Invasions: 3 Credits
ECO 180 – Citizens, Energy and Sustainability: 3 Credits
ECO 190 – World Food Supply, Population, and the Environment: 3 Credits
ECO 377 – Natural Resource Economics: 3 Credits
ECO 477 – Natural Resource Economics and Policy: 3 Credits
ECO 405 – Sustainable Energy Economics and Policy: 3 Credits
EES 312 – Energy, Law, and the Environment: 3 Credits
EES 324 – Environmental Law and Policy: 3 Credits
EES 351 – Energy, Wealth, and Power: a Biophysical Systems view of Nature and Society: 3 Credits
EES 398 –Seminar in Sustainability Solutions: 1 Credits
ERS 102 – Environmental Geology: 4 Credits
ERS 103 – Dynamic Earth: 3 Credits
ERS 121 – Humans and Global Change: 3 Credits
ERS 152 – Earth’s Changing Climate: 3 Credits
ERS 191 – Energy in the Earth System: 3 Credits
ERS 201 – Global Environmental Change: 4 Credits
ERS 350 – Fresh-Water Flow: 3 Credits
ERS 425 – How to Build a Habitable Planet: 3 Credits
ERS 441 – Glaciers and our Landscape: 3 Credits
FSN 270 – World Food and Culture: 3 Credits
FSN 440 – Utilization of Aquatic Food Resources: 3 Credits
PSE 105 – Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture: 3 Credits
PSE 312 – Sustainable Food Systems: Challenges and Opportunities: 3 Credits
PSE 360 – Agroecology and Sustainable Cropping Systems: 3 Credits
PSE 430 – Environmental Horticulture: 3 Credits
PSE 440 – Environmental Soil Chemistry and Plant Nutrition: 3 Credits
SFR 215 – Introduction to Sustainable Materials and Technology: 3 Credits
SFR 220 – Environment and Society: 3 Credits
SFR 349 – Applied Forest Ecology and Silviculture: 4 Credits
SFR 437 – Ecotourism: Principles, Trends, and Issues: 3 Credits
SFR 446 – Forest Resource Policy: 3 Credits
SFR 455 – Bioenergy Sources, Systems and Environmental Effects: 3 Credits
SFR 456 – Physical and Mechanical Properties of Sustainable Materials: 4 Credits
SFR 472 – Environmental Interpretation: 3 Credits
SFR 477 – Forest Landscape Management and Planning: 3 Credits
SFR 479 – Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors: 3 Credits
SFR 493 – Sustainable Tourism Planning: 3 Credits
SMS 100 – Introduction to Ocean Science: 3 Credits
SMS 230 – Introduction to Marine Policy and Fisheries Management: 3 Credits
SMS 308 – Conservation and Ecology of Marine Mammals: 3 Credits
SMS 321 – Introduction to Fisheries Science: 3 Credits
SMS 354 – The Arctic Ocean: A Question-based Approach: 3 Credits
SMS 402 – Oceans and Climate Change: 3 Credits
WLE 230 – Intro to Wildlife Conservation: 3 Credits
WLE 323 – Conservation Biology: 3 Credits
WLE 340/341 – Freshwater Fisheries Ecology and Management: 4 Credits
WLE 410/411 – Wildlife Population Dynamics and Conservation: 4 Credits
WLE 423 – Wetland Ecology and Conservation: 4 Credits
WLE 431 – Wildlife Management in Forestry: 3 Credits
WLE 445 – Management of Endangered and Threatened Species: 3 Credits
WLE 461 – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation: 3 Credits
WLE 470 – Wildlife Policy and Administration: 3 Credits

College of Engineering

CET 412 – Sustainable Population and Environmental Design and Construction: 3 Credits
CIE 210 – Sustainability in Engineering1: 3 Credits
ECE 467 – Solar Cells and Their Applications: 3 Credits
EET 460 – Renewable Energy and Electricity Production: 3 Credits
GEE 250 – Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World: 3 Credits
MEE 480 – Wind Energy Engineering: 3 Credits

College of Education and Human Development

KPE 411 – Ethics and Social Justice in Outdoor Leadership: 3 Credits
PAX 370 – Building Sustainable Communities: 3 Credits
PAX 380 – Ecovillages and Ecocities: Models of Global Restoration: 3 Credits

1CIE 210 may or may not be offered in future years. When offered, registration shall be limited to CIE majors who are interested in the Sustainability minor.