College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2018-2019

School of Earth and Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability, Minor

This minor allows students to explore climate change, the relationship between nature and culture, the ethics and politics of environmental decision-making, and how perspectives on sustainability are expressed humanistically, politically, scientifically, and culturally.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Environmental Sustainability?

Issues of sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental justice, biodiversity, and increasing demand for finite food, water, and energy resources become more critical every day. To better understand—and improve—our relationship with the natural world, consider the environmental studies program at Northern Arizona University.

Here, you will study ecosystems and the ways humans interact with them using the perspectives of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. You will work extensively with full-time professors who have practical experience in the environmental sciences and sustainability. You’ll have many opportunities for field study and research; our faculty members include undergraduate students in all research projects, and you will be required to complete an undergraduate research project or internship. You will learn how to develop solutions for these issues and prepare for a career in research, industry, education, government, or public service.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Conservation biology
  • Community-supported agriculture
  • Environmental education and communication
  • Resource management, assessment, and protection
  • Air, water, and soil quality monitoring
  • Renewable energy design and construction

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Communicator/journalist/educator
  • Community organizer
  • Researcher
  • Resource, park or forest manager
  • Environmental administrator
  • University professor

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 21


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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