Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship Minor


The Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship Minor is designed to encourage undergraduate students from any discipline to explore the three pillars of sustainability (economic, environmental and social) beyond course work in their major. The Sustainability Minor will be administered by the Liberal Studies Program at MSU. Liberal Studies works across departments and across the university. The Liberal Studies degree values a broad, integrated and interdisciplinary approach to higher education. Interdisciplinary studies foster connections among disciplines and draw upon multiple areas of knowledge. Students choose one of three program options: Environmental Studies, Global and Multicultural, or Quaternity (on campus or online degree completion).

With support from Liberal Studies, MSU is uniquely positioned to prepare students to understand and address sustainability challenges. An interdisciplinary undergraduate Sustainability Minor will enhance the value of undergraduate degrees by identifying students who have taken initiative to learn and experience the integration of economic, social and environmental sustainability within their disciplines. The Sustainability Minor (on campus or online option) is supported by the Institute on Ecosystems (loE), Campus Sustainability Advisory Council (CSAC) and the Office of Sustainability.

Description of the program

The Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship Minor is designed to encourage undergraduate students from any discipline to explore the three pillars of sustainability (economic, environmental and social) beyond course work in their major. As a result, the minor includes courses from the College of Agriculture, the College of Engineering, the College of Education, Health and Human Development, the College of Letters and Science and the Honors College. The Minor is administered by Liberal Studies and complements their existing Liberal Studies, Environmental Studies degree Option.

The Minor requires a minimum of 21 credits, with at least 9 credits unique to the minor. The student's major advisor must certify that the coursework is complete. Course substitutions are allowed by approval of Liberal Studies and the student's major advisor.

Students are expected to create a diverse program, with the guidance of their faculty advisor, using courses from all three areas. No more than 12 credits may be used to simultaneously fulfill the Sustainability Minor requirements, University Core and the student's major. At least 9 credits must be unique to the minor. The student's minor advisor must certify that the 12-credit restriction is not exceeded.

Required Courses:
Must take:
LS 103Gateway to Sustainability Studies3
LS 411Sustainable Cities3
Pick 1 out of the following 4 courses:
ARCH 231CSIssues in Sustainability3
ECHM 205CSEnergy and Sustainability3
HSTR 205CSThe World Environment3
SFBS 146Introduction to Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems3
Restricted Electives. Take 12 credits, at least 1 course from each area.
AGBE 315Ag in a Global Context3
AGBE 353Co-operative Business Principles and Practice3
BMGT 410Sustainable Business Practices3
ECNS 132Econ & the Environment3
ECNS 317Economic Development3
ECNS 332Econ of Natural Resources3
EELE 455Alternative Energy Power Gen3
SFBS 429Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Food and Health3
AGSC 341Field Crop Production3
ANSC 222Livestock in Sustain Systems3
ARCH 431Sustainability in Architecture3
BIOB 160Principles of Living Systems4
BIOB 170INPrinciples of Biological Diversity4
BIOE 416Alpine Ecology3
BIOE 421Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology3
BIOE 427RNResearch in Freshwater Ecology3
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology3
BIOE 440RConservation Biology3
BIOE 445Macrosystems Ecology: Linking Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems Across Scales3
BIOE 455Plant Ecology3
ECHM 405Sustainable Energy3
EENV 340Principles of Environmental Engineering3
EENV 434Groundwater Supply/Remediation3
EENV 440Water Chemistry for Envr Engr3
EENV 441Natural Treatment Systems3
EENV 443Air Pollution Control3
EENV 445Hazardous Waste Treatment3
ENSC 110Land Resources and Environmental Sciences3
ENSC 245INSoils3
ENSC 407Environmental Risk Assessment3
ENSC 410RBiodiversity Survey and Monitoring Methods3
ENSC 443Weed Ecology and Management3
ENSC 444Watershed Hydrology3
ENSC 448Stream Restoration Ecology3
ENSC 460Soil Remediation3
ENSC 461Restoration Ecology3
ENSC 465Environmental Biophysics3
ENSC 468Ecosystem Biogeochem and Global Change3
ERTH 101INEarth System Sciences4
ERTH 212RNYellowstone: Scientific Lab4
ERTH 303Weather and Climate3
GPHY 326Geography of Energy Resources3
GPHY 329Environment and Society3
GPHY 402Water and Society3
HORT 105Introduction to Horticulture3
HORT 345Market Gardening3
WILD 325Wildlife-Livestock Nutrition3
WILD 355Wildlife and Livestock Habitat Restoration3
WILD 438Wildlife Habitat Ecology3
AGBE 337Agricultural Law3
AGSC 465RHealth, Agriculture, Poverty4
ECIV 401Civil Eng Practice and Ethics1
EGEN 125CSTech, Innovation, and Society3
EGEN 310RMultidisciplinary Engineering Design3
EIND 300Engineering Management & Ethics3
EIND 413Ergonomics & Human Factors Engineering3
EMEC 465Bio-inspired Engineering3
HSTA 468History of Yellowstone3
HSTA 470American Environmental History3
HSTA 482Technology and the Fate of Humanity3
NASX 415Native Food Systems3
NRSM 101Natural Resource Conservation3
NRSM 421Holistic Thought/Mgmt4
PHL 322Philosophy & Envirnmntl Ethics3
PSCI 362Natural Resource Policy3
PSCI 436Politics of Food & Hunger3
SFBS 296Practicum: Towne's Harvest3
SFBS 451RSustainable Food Systems3
TE 250CSTechnology and Society3

*At least 9 credits overall MUST be upper division, 300 & 400 level