Sustainability Minor

Sustainability is an interdisciplinary field that explores, from multiple perspectives, the interconnectedness of every system on the planet and how to maintain and improve earth’s resources for current and future generations.  Environmental science provides the basis for understanding earth’s systems and how humans impact them.  Humanities values our physical and ethical connection to these systems.  Social sciences allows us to understand political, economic, and cultural sustainability, as well as formulate workable policies for a sustainable future. 

Sustainability integrates a broad range of topics, including:

  • green business practices
  • ecology
  • natural resources management
  • city planning (including land development, housing, transportation, and urban infrastructure)
  • international law, policy, and politics
  • ethics, values, and environmental justice
  • energy and international development
  • food security
  • human health and quality of life.

A minor in Sustainability can be combined with any major in any college at UNO, offering students a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum.  Students who complete this minor will be able to:

  • Understand sustainability, its various sub-disciplines, major themes, and analytical techniques as it relates to virtually any career field
  • Recognize the political, economic, and cultural forces acting upon the global ecosystem
  • Appreciate the significant value of the global ecosystem services provided by a healthy environment
  • Identify ways to advance equity, improve quality of life, and lower our personal and collective environmental footprint, on campus and in the community.

 

Other Information

All coursework taken for the Sustainability minor must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better.


Contact

Dr. Elizabeth Chalecki, Dept. of Political Science

echalecki@unomaha.edu

402-554-3613

The minor in sustainability requires:

ENVN 2010Environmental Problems and Solutions

1 credit

One approved course in environmental science

BIOL 1330Environmental Biology

3 credits

GEOL 1010Environmental Geology

3 credits

GEOL 1100Earth System Science

3 credits

GEOG 1050Human-Environment Geography

4 credits

Plus a minimum of 12 credit hours selected from the following, provided those courses are not in the major field of study. Courses can only be applied to one area. The College of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of nine credit hours of upper-division courses in all programs of study.

 

An approved course in the economic and public policy aspects of sustainability

ECON 3320Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

3 credits

GEOG 4160/GEOG 8166Urban Sustainability

3 credits

ENVN 4270/PSCI 8276/PSCI 4270International Environmental Science and Policy

3 credits

PSCI 4290/PSCI 8296/CACT 8306International Development & Sustainability

3 credits

An approved course in the social and ethics dimensions of sustainability

PHIL 3180Environmental Ethics

3 credits

SOC 3850Society, Environment, and Resource Conservation

3 credits

GEOG 4160/GEOG 8166Urban Sustainability

3 credits

PSCI 4290/PSCI 8296/CACT 8306International Development & Sustainability

3 credits

ENVN 2000Landscape Appreciation and Environmental Sustainability

3 credits

ENVN 3660Introduction to Sustainable Landscape Design

3 credits

 

An approved course in sustainability and natural resource management

GEOG 4010/GEOG 8016Conservation of Natural Resources

3 credits

BIOL 4120/BIOL 8126Conservation Biology

3 credits

ENVN 2120Sustainable Landscape Plants

4 credits

ENVN 3660Introduction to Sustainable Landscape Design

3 credits

ENVN 4310/CACT 8316/ENVN 8316Our Energy Future: Society, the Environment and Sustainability

3 credits

ENVN 4320/CACT 8326Ecological Sustainability and Human Health

3 credits

A capstone experience in sustainability satisfied by completing

ENVN 4700Sustainable Solutions Capstone

3 credits