Sustainability Minor

Oregon State University

Date Posted: Sept. 5, 2019
Submitted by: Genevieve LaMarr LeMee
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Minor


The Sustainability Minor provides students with a rich interdisciplinary curriculum that explores sustainability issues in the world today and fosters the knowledge, skills and abilities to address complex sustainability issues in communities and workplaces.

The Sustainability Minor includes core sustainability courses (5) and tailored elective courses to expand students’ knowledge and experience of their primary major in the context of sustainability principles and frameworks. Courses from a student’s major course of study will not count towards minor requirements. Completion of the Sustainability minor requires 27 credits within the 180-credit minimum for graduation.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the Sustainability Minor requirements, students will be able to: 1. Apply principles and theories of ecological science to issues of concern in environmental science, such as loss of biodiversity and use of nonrenewable resources (scientific literacy). 2. Read and interpret graphs and data, and explain sources of uncertainty in scientific data and environmental model predictions (scientific literacy). 3. Demonstrate proficiency with sustainability assessment tools and their application to various human systems. 4. Interpret and apply available data and information to create sustainable solutions for desired future community/organizational conditions. 5. Communicate sustainability while collaborating with multiple audiences with diverse backgrounds and interests. Be able to write and talk with both experts and lay people about their special interest in sustainability.

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