Sustainability Studies Advising

Grant McCormack is providing advising coverage for the Sustainability Studies Minor. Grant McCormack is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota from the Ecology, Evolution, Behavior major with a minor in Art and a focus in Ornithology. He received his Master’s of Education from the University of Maine in Student Development in Higher Education, and he has been working in student development ever since. Currently, Grant is working full time as an Academic Advisor for CFANS in Animal Science, ESPM, and FNRM. Grant has a passion for helping students figure out how to navigate life through college and be successful, happy, and healthy along the way. He is trying to further awareness of sustainability resources and social justice initiatives through his work and personal life. Much of his time outside of work is spent lavishing his dog Guinevere with attention, and he’s hoping to one day pursue a PhD in LGBTQIA+ history to be teaching faculty.
Grant has time during the following days for students to schedule to meet with him regarding the Sustainability Studies Minor:
*Monday – Thursday during the semester*

10:30am – 12:00pm
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Friday: 10:30am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Meet with Grant at The Advising Center 130 Coffey Hall, St. Paul Campus

Schedule an appointment with Grant using this link:
Email grant at:

To learn more about the minor prior to your appointment, click on the Sustainability Studies Minor tab to the left of the page.

Students interested in enrolling in the Sustainability Studies Minor should enroll online by filling out the Add/Drop a CFANS Minor form.

The Sustainability Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program drawing students from all colleges and departments who want to learn about sustainability, with no pre-requisites. Students must earn at least 15 credits through five or more courses. A current listing of required core courses and all electives is at University Catalog Sustainability Studies Minor. The program is flexible, allowing students to petition for courses that are not listed to count towards the Minor, allowing study abroad to count for up to 6 credits and allowing courses that count towards the major or another minor to count towards the Sustainability Studies Minor. The requirements are easy to follow:

  • Two core courses, SUST 3003 and SUST 4004, are required for the Sustainability Studies Minor and provide an immersion in the history, practice and future of sustainability.
  • Three or more elective courses, drawn from at least 3 of 4 categories, are required for the Sustainability Studies Minor. The elective categories are:
    • Economics and Policy
    • Social Sciences and Humanities
    • Biophysical Sciences
    • Design and Technology
  • An optional internship course, SUST 4096, matches students to sustainability-related opportunities and may count as an elective in the Sustainability Studies Minor.
  • An optional course on environmental justice, SUST 3017, offers community-engaged learning and may count as an elective in the Sustainability Studies Minor