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Minor in Sustainability Sciences (SUSTSCIMIN)

The curriculum is designed for students to understand and explore the challenges of sustainability, bridging theory and practice in understanding what determines sustainability in a strongly coupled world of humans and their environment. The courses will link the theoretical and practical by understanding how human institutions, organizations, cultures, and technologies link and interact with their biophysical environments.

CURRICULUM NOTE: If you are an ENVS major and elect a minor in SUSTSCIMIN, please note that you may NOT count any courses toward both the ENVS major and the SUSTSCI minor requirements, with the exception of ENVS 130 or ENVS 120 and ENVS 131.

Foundation Courses

(2 courses)

  • ENVS 130 (3hrs): Environmental Sciences or ENVS 120: Living in the Anthropocene (3 credits) or AP credit designated on transcript
  • ENVS 131 (2 hrs): Intro to ENVS Field Studies*

 *ENVS_OX 131 fulfills the requirement of both ENVS 130 and ENVS 131

Methods in Sustainability Sciences

(1 course)

  • ENVS 250: Fundamentals of Cartography & GIS
  • ENVS 260: Quantitative Methods in ENVS (prerequisite: QTM 100)
  • QTM  - 100 level QTM course

Sciences of Sustainability

(3 courses)

A combination of social and natural sciences courses chosen from those listed below and chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor.

(1 course)

  • ENVS 491: Service Learning in Environmental Sciences (focus in sustainability)
  • ENVS/POLS 370B: Planning Community Initiatives (open to students admitted as CBSC Fellows)


 Sciences of Sustainability Course Options

Students will integrate across disciplines by taking courses that include core sciences in sustainability: earth science, ecology, economics and political science. Students will also integrate across scales that range from the global to the local.

  • Must be 200 level or above
  • Students should choose at least one course from each area, social sciences and natural sciences. Courses are listed below in each category.
  • Courses should be selected in consultation with your ENVS faculty advisor.
  • ENVS 224: Economy & the Environment
  • ENVS 225: Institutions and the Environment
  • ENVS 227: Environmental Policy
  • ENVS 234: Biophilic & Green Design
  • ENVS 324: Environmental Economics
  • ENVS 323: Sustainable Food Systems
  • ENVS 326: Climate Change and Society
  • ENVS 350: Environmental Thought
  • ENVS 352: Green Business
  • ENVS /POLS 370a: Community Building and Social Change
  • ENVS 377: International Environmental Policy
  • ENVS 420: Law and Biodiversity
  • ENVS 232: Fundamentals of Ecology w/lab
  • ENVS 240: Ecosystem Ecology
  • ENVS/BIOL 247: Ecology
  • ENVS 320: Environmental Assessment & Management
  • ENVS 326: Climate Change and Society
  • ENVS 331: Earth Systems Science
  • ENVS 345: Conservation Biology & Biodiversity
  • ENVS 348: Water Resources w/Lab
  • ENVS 442: Ecology of Emory
  • ENVS 459: Urban Ecology & Development

*ONE pre-approved study abroad course may count toward the SUSTSCI minor requirements (Students must have completed ENVS 131 before earning minor credit for advanced courses)