Sustainability Minor

FACULTY  Professors Maillacheruvu, Morris (Chair), O’Brien, Associate Professors Bukowski, Gehring, LeJeune, Assistant Professor Olds.

The Sustainability minor at Bradley is administered by an interdisciplinary group of faculty representing each of the colleges. The program is designed to introduce students to the importance of employing sustainable practices in their everyday lives. Our planet is governed by life support systems such as water, oxygen, and carbon cycles. These systems are robust but become degraded under human impact. Sustainability, the ability to protect and maintain natural resources for future generations, requires scholarship to provide a firm understanding of the scientific, economic, political and social factors governing those resources. This scholarship must also be employed to derive solutions and practices that will support and protect the life support systems afforded to humans by our planet, now and long into the future. By its very nature, sustainability requires a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on academic fields including, but not limited to, the natural, social, political, economic, and health sciences, engineering and humanities, and must draw insights from historical and current business and governmental practice.

To minor in sustainability, a student must complete a minimum of 21 hours: 9 hours of required courses and 12 hours of electives. At least 9 hours of the total must be at the upper level,
Each course must be completed with a C or better to count towards the minor

Required Courses (9 hours)

• ENS 105 Introduction to Sustainability or CE 383 Ethics and Sustainability and CE 393 Sustainability and Public Policy - 3 hrs

• ENS 110 Environmental Science or BIO 300 Populations, Resources and Environment – 3 hrs

• SOC 325 Environmental Sociology or ECO 240 Environmental Economics and Sustainability (3 hrs); both SOC 325 and ECO 240 are highly recommended.

Elective Courses (12 hours)
ART 323 - Art and The Environment
BIO 303 - Plants and People
BIO 304 - Ecology of Place
BIO 355 - Soil Biology
BIO 420 - Ecosystem Ecology
BIO 430 – Soil Ecology
BIO 450 - Conservation Biology
BIO 460 - Ecology
C E 360 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
C E 430 - Water Supply & Hydraulic Engineering
C E 465 - Surface Water Hydrology
C E 541 - Pollution Modeling
C E 542 - Advanced Water Treatment
C E 543 - Advanced Wastewater Treatment
C E 546 - Groundwater Hydrology
C E 555 - Sustainability and Environmental Regulations
C E 558 - Solid Waste Management
CHM 300 - Chemistry and Civilization
CHM 416 - Environmental Chemistry
CON 352 - Sustainable Urban Environment
CON 430 - Commercial Construction
CON 452 - Green Construction and LEED
ECO 240 - Environmental Economics and Sustainability
ENC 200 - Introduction to Leadership Studies
ENS 305 - Sustainability and Food
ENS 307 - Science and Politics of Global Climate Change
ENT 386 - Social Entrepreneurship
ETE 280 - Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities
FCS 272 - Hospitality Facilities Management
GES 300 - Oceanography the Human Perspective
H S 220 - Consumer Issues in Health Care
HIS 315 - U.S. Social Movements
HIS 385 - Science, Technology, and Society
IME 301 - Engineering Economy 1
IME 331 - Fundamentals of Material Science
IME 422 - Manufacturing Quality Control
I S 307- Science and Politics of Global Climate Change
M E 351 - Engineering Material Science 1
M E 536 - Industrial Pollution Prevention
M E 537 - Building Energy Management
NUR 372 - Safety and Emergency Care
PHL 347 - Ethics
PLS 421 - The Politics of Regulation
PSY 250 - Environmental Psychology
SCI 301 - Science through Inquiry II: Environmental Science
SCI 302 - Science through Inquiry II: Ecosystems
SOC 312 - Social Inequality
SOC 325 Environmental Sociology
SOC 326 - Sociology of Globalization
SOC 344 - Social Movements

Total hours: 21

Up to three credit hours of an approved internship, research or study abroad experience may be substituted for one of the additional courses.

Special topics courses if applicable may be approved by the program chair to count for a course.

Only 9 credit hours of the Sustainability minor may also be part of the student’s major course of study.

Optional Tracks- Take four courses from one of these tracks-

Policy, Socioeconomics and Sustainability: BIO 304, CHM 300, ECO 240, ENC 200, ENS 307, ENT 386, FCS 272, HIS 315, I S 307, PHL 347, PSY 250, SOC 325, SOC 344.

STEM applications and Sustainability: BIO 303, 304, 420, 430, 450, 460, C E 360, 465, 541, 555, CHM 300, 316, CON 352, 452, ENS 305, ENS 307, PHL 347.

Arts and Humanities: ART 323, ENT 386, HIS 315, HIS 385, PHL 347, SOC 312, SOC 325, SOC 326, SOC 344.