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Sustainability Minor


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Sustainability Minor

A minor in sustainability, comprising three core courses and three electives to be chosen from a list of existing courses that meet two or more SLOs, was developed and is housed in the College of Humanities under the interdisciplinary Liberal Studies program. The minor and three core courses with the “SUST” designation were approved by the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) for implementation Fall 2011. At least one section of each of the core courses is currently offered each semester.

To declare the Sustainability Minor please schedule an appointment with an adviser in the Liberal Studies Program office at 818-677-3300. When scheduling an appointment, please identify yourself as a student interested in the Sustainability Minor. Students who plan to pursue the Sustainability Minor are not required to complete an online workshop.

For more information about CSUN’s Institute for Sustainability visit their website.


The Sustainability Minor consists of 3 Core Requirements (9 units):

  • SUST 300, Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Sustainability (3) (GE: Social Sciences)
  • SUST 310, Best Practices in Sustainability (3) (GE: Lifelong Learning)
  • SUST 401, Best Practices in Sustainability (3) (P) (GE: Lifelong Learning) Offered Spring Only

In addition, 9 units of Electives are required:

  • AFRS 488: Sustainability and Environmental Justice in Africa and African Diaspora Communities (3)
  • ANTH 346: Urban Anthropology (3) (P)
  • ANTH 430: Ecological Anthropology (3) (P)
  • ANTH 432: Environmental Justice and Health (3)
  • ANTH 486: Interrogating Globalization: The Ethnography of Global Problems (3) (P)
  • BIOL 327: Ecology and People (3) (P) (GE: Lifelong Learning, Information Competence)
  • BIOL 533/592C: Conservation Biology (3/1) (P)
  • CAS 355: Environment, Development and Social Exclusion in Central America (3)
  • CHEM 541/L: Environmental Chemistry I/Lab (2/2) (P)
  • CHEM 542/L: Environmental Chemistry II/Lab (1/2) (P)
  • CMT 336/L: Fundamentals of Green Buildings (1/2) (P) (GE: Lifelong Learning, Information Competence)
  • ECON 300: Economic Principles and Problems (3) (P) (GE: Social Sciences)
  • ECON 360: Environmental Economics (3) (P) (GE: Social Sciences)
  • EOH 454: Environmental Health Law (3)
  • EOH 468: Air Pollution and Health (3) (P)
  • FCS 414: Senior Comprehensive Interior Design Project (3-3) (P)
  • FCS 496S: Sustainability in Family and Consumer Sciences (3) (P)
  • FCS 512: Sustainable Building and Interior Design (3)
  • FCS 516: Interior Design and the Building Process (3)
  • GEOG 316: Environmental Geography (3)
  • GEOG 351: Urban Geography (3) (GE: Social Sciences) (P)
  • GEOG 364: Geography of World Ecosystems (2)
  • GEOG 416: Global Warming (3) (P)
  • GEOG 444: Conservation (3) (P)
  • GEOG 459: Environmental Impact Studies (3) (P)
  • JS 151: Natural Environment and Judaism (1) and RTM 151F: Survival (2)
  • *JS 318: Jewish Ethics and Society (3) (GE: Social Sciences)
  • ME 122: Energy and Society (3) (GE: Lifelong Learning, Information Competence) (P)
  • ME 322: Principles of Recycling and Municipal Solid Waste Management (3)
  • ME 482: Alternative Energy Engineering I (3)
  • ME 483: Alternative Energy Engineering II (3) (P)
  • ME 485: Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3) (P)
  • MGT 466: Strategic Leadership of Sustainability (3) (P)
  • POLS 461: Environmental Policy (3)
  • POLS 464: Comparative Public Policy (3)
  • RS 370: Religion and Ecology (3)
  • RTM 251: Recreation and the Natural Environment (3) (GE: Lifelong Learning, Information Competence)
  • RTM 351: Outdoor and Environmental Education (3)
  • RTM 481: Principles of Sustainable Tourism (3)
  • URBS 150: The Urban Scene (3) (GE: Social Sciences)
  • URBS 300: The Planning Idea (3) (P)
  • URBS 310: Growth and Development of Cities (3) (GE: Social Sciences)
  • URBS 400: Planning for the Natural and Built Environment (3) (P)
  • URBS 415: The California Environmental Quality Act for Urban Planners (3)


    P = Course has prerequisite(s). Please refer to University Catalog for more information.

    GE = Course satisfies corresponding General Education requirement(s)

    *ITALIC = Course is a pre-approved substitution. Please alert your advisor if italicized courses are taken so that the proper substitution can be processed during your last semester of attendance.


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