The Sustainability Studies Minor at Roger Williams University

The minor in Sustainability Studies will facilitate deeper student exploration of complex interrelationships among contemporary environmental, social and economic problems and their possible solutions. In addition, courses will help students articulate personal philosophies to guide more sustainable lifestyles (i.e. choices for resource use and other behaviors). After completing a minor in Sustainability Studies, students will be expected to have the requisite interdisciplinary knowledge to think clearly and critically about the complexity of interrelated environmental, social, and economic problems. In addition, the working vocabulary associated with this knowledge base will enable them to communicate across disciplines and more effectively work as part of teams engaged in seeking solutions to problems of sustainability within the business sector, government and non-governmental agencies, the public policy realm, and environmental organizations, among other institutions. In short, the acquisition of a broader, synthetic understanding of complex contemporary sustainability-related issues will allow RWU graduates completing the minor to contribute more effectively in their future careers and as public citizens to creating a more sustainable future for humanity and other species on Earth.

Requirements for the Minor in Sustainability Studies

SUST 101 – Introduction to Sustainability Studies

SUST 301Analysis and Decision making for Sustainability

SUST 401Working toward Sustainability

and three of the following courses, one of which must be at the 200 level or above:


ANTH 222 Environmental Anthropology*

ARCH 101 Introduction to Architecture

ARCH 321 Site and Environment

ARCH 461 Introduction to Landscape Architecture

ARCH 593 Sustainable Paradigms

AAH 423 Nature and Art

BIO 104 Biology II (Intro to ecology and evolution)

BIO 231 Bioethics*

BIO 240 Concepts of Ecology#

BIO 312 Conservation Biology#

BIO 320 Marine Ecology*

BIO 332 Fisheries#

BIO 345 Aquaculture#

BIO 360 Limnology*

BIO/NATSC 375 Soil Ecology#

CHEM 201 Environmental Chemistry I*

CHEM 202 Environmental Chemistry II*

CHEM 434 Advanced Environmental Chemistry*

ECON 320 Resource and Environmental Economics

ENG 110 Serpents, Swords, Symbols & Sustainability

ENGR 320 Environmental Engineering*

ENGR 340 Sustainable Energy Systems*

ENGR 405 Air pollution and control*

ENGR 407 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management*

ENGR 412 Water Resources Engineering and Lab*

ENGR 415 Waste Water Treatment*

HIST 354 United States Environmental History*

HP 150 Introduction to Historic Preservation

NATSC 103 Earth System Science and Lab

NATSC 203 Humans, Environmental Change and Sustainability#

NATSC 204 Oceanography#

NATSC 301 Marine Resource Management#

NATSC 310 Biogeochemical Cycling*

NATSC 333 Environmental Monitoring and Analysis*

NATSC 401 Environmental Toxicology and Lab*

PLS 200 Environmental Law

POLSC 383 Environmental Politics & Policy

SUST 430 Special Topics in Sustainability Studies#


*These courses have pre-requisite requirements that do not fulfill requirements for completion of the Sustainability Studies minor. Some pre-requisites may be waived with instructor’s permission.


#These courses have pre-requisite requirements that fulfill requirements for the Sustainability Studies minor.  


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