Sustainability Studies Minor

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Sustainability Studies Minor

View the Sustainability Studies Minor Brochure.

The sustainability studies minor immerses undergraduate students in the exploration of real-world problems from a variety of academic perspectives, incorporating disciplines from across the natural, social and applied sciences. The program is unique in its efforts to engage students from every college, offering collaborative opportunities that transcend disciplines. Through these diverse perspectives, students better understand the values, choices, technologies and policies that create a sustainable world.

The sustainability studies minor is a stand-alone, interdisciplinary minor rather than a major because of the breadth and wide-ranging applicability of the principles of sustainability. To learn more about the emerging suite of graduate-level opportunities to study issues of sustainability, see the Graduate page.

Curriculum Committee

The sustainability studies minor’s unique curriculum is made possible by a diverse faculty committee, featuring professors and program directors from a range of academic departments.

  • Christine Baeumler, Associate Professor, Art Department (College of Liberal Arts)
  • Julia Frost Nerbonne, Adjunct Assistant Professor, SUST 4004 Sustainable Communities
  • Jason Hill, Associate Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences)
  • Amir Nadav, Adjunct Professor, SUST 4004 Sustainable Communities
  • Lee Penn, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry (College of Science and Engineering)
  • David Pitt, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture (College of Design)
  • Jennifer Powers, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (College of Biological Sciences)

Faculty Network Members

  • Todd Arnold, Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences)
  • Jeffrey Broadbent, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
  • William Durfee, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering
  • Mary Guzowski, Professor, School of Architecture (College of Design)
  • Sarah Hobbie, Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (College of Biological Sciences)
  • Nick Jordan, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences)
  • Katherine Klink, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Society (College of Liberal Arts)
  • Alfred Marcus, Professor, Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship (Carlson School of Management)
  • Lance Neckar, Professor Emeritus, Department of Landscape Architecture (College of Design)
  • Kristen Nelson, Professor, Department of Forest Resources
  • Paige Novak, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Dan Philippon, Associate Professor, Department of English (College of Liberal Arts)
  • Steve Polasky, Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics
  • Steve Roos, Research Fellow, Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Lanny Schmidt, Regents Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Ingrid Schneider, Professor, Department of Forest Resources (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences)
  • Rachel Schurman, Professor, Department of Sociology (College of Liberal Arts)
  • Eric Sheppard, Regents Professor, Department of Geography (College of Liberal Arts)
  • Virajita Singh, Research Fellow, School of Architecture (College of Design)
  • Tim Smith, Professor, Department of Bioproducts & Bioengineering (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences)
  • Connie Wanberg, Professor, Department of Human Resources & Industrial Relations (Carlson School of Management)
  • Elizabeth Wilson, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs