Environmental concerns are more pressing than ever before. We find ourselves challenged to find ways to sustainably engage the natural resources of our planet in ways previously unheard of. This minor offers students the opportunity to engage issues of sustainability between multiple disciplines in order to reach a breadth of understanding of the complexities of these issues. Paired with any number of our undergraduate majors, the interdisciplinary minor in environmental sustainability prepares students to critically think and evaluate complex issues facing our society.
Our Minor in Environmental Sustainability engages multiple definitions of sustainability pertaining to the tensions between profit, planet, and people. Students will seek to engage ideas that critically apply principles of sustainability to professional and disciplinary, as well as daily-life. We expect that students will express ideas or proposals related to sustainability for different audiences and be able to students demonstrate proficiency in sustainability-related research and writing.
This minor is available to students in any major, however, to receive this minor, students must complete 3 courses for the minor that do not count towards their major(s) or any other minors.
Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum. If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner. Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.
To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.
|CHM 104||Energy, Environment, and Society||3|
|SOC 234||Environment and Society||3|
|PHI 244||Environmental Ethics||3|
|EVST 110||Science of Environmental Problems I||3|
|or BIO 360||Environmental Health|
|2 additional sustainability electives||6-8|
Students must take two of the following courses
|ABEC 333||Conservation Behavior||3|
|ABEC 335||Conservation Education||3|
|ABEC 341||Urban Ecology||3|
|ABEC 405||Biocultural Diversity Conservation in Costa Rica||3|
|ANT 341||Environmental Anthropology||3|
|BIO 320||Field Ecology||4|
|BIO 322||Conservation Biology||3|
|BIO 375||Community Ecology||3|
|BIO 377||Freshwater Biology||4|
|BIO 477||Plants and Society||3|
|ENT 314||Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability||3|
|EVST 111||Science of Environmental Problems II||3|
|HON 352||Water and Society||3|
|HON 354||Science in the 21st Century||3|
|MAT 345||Climate and Sustainability||3|
|PHI 247||Food and Agricultural Ethics||3|
|MGT 430||Sustainability and Supply Chains||3|
|PHI 264||Justice & the Environment: The Problem of Climate Change||3|
|PSC 360||Political Economy of the Developing World||3|
|SOC 273||Social Movements and Social Change||3|