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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.

Course List

Core Courses- Complete all 3

SUST 300: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainability (3 units) (GE: Social Sciences)
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to help students understand concepts of sustainability from multiple perspectives.  Students will build skills to apply theories to real-world problems of sustainability, and develop the ability to apply sustainability principles and critical thinking skills to their personal and professional decision-making processes.  (General Education, Subject Explorations: Social Sciences)
SUST 310: Best Practices in Sustainability (3 units) (GE: Lifelong Learning)
In this course, students will learn current and best practices for planetary sustainability on an individual, institutional, regional and global level.  Topics focus on reducing carbon emissions and pollution, and supporting a healthy and sustainable planet.  These will include clean-energy technology, water conservation, agricultural-based strategies for sustainable farming, management and preservation of natural resources, natural building techniques and clean transportation systems. (General Education, Lifelong Learning)
SUST 401: Applied Sustainability (3 units)
Prerequisite: SUST 310 or permission of instructor.  This course offers a practical application of sustainability knowledge and practices to address a community problem. Environmental, equity and economic impacts must be considered in performing situation analyses and developing recommendations.  Course provides the opportunity to apply sustainability knowledge in a consulting capacity and evaluate alternative solutions taking sustainability considerations into account.  Affords students a community service learning experience.  Course is available for graduate credit.

Electives – Select 3 of the following:

ANTH 346: Urban Anthropology (3) (P)
ANTH 430: Ecological Anthropology (3) (P)
ANTH 432: Environmental Justice and Health (3) (P)
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/Field Studies in 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) (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) linked to RTM 151F: Survival (3)
ME 122: Energy and Society (3) (GE: Lifelong Learning, Information Competence) (P)
ME 322: Principles of Recycling and Municipal Waste Management (3) (GE: Lifelong Learning)
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) (GE: Arts and Humanities)
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)
RTM 530: Cultural Aspects and Global Perspectives in 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)