Sustainability Studies (Minor)
Lead the way in creating a sustainable stewardship of our planet by seeking balance between environment, society and economy.
Develop the skills and knowledge for an interdisciplinary understanding of sustainability goals and the science and strategies needed to achieve these goals in modern society. This UND minor offers opportunities to creatively address sustainability issues, as local and global citizens, through a more systemic approach to solve real-world problems.
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- Est. time to complete:
- 2 years
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Why Study Sustainability at UND?
With the increasing emphasis on sustainability through the development of green economy jobs, the need for professionals trained in sustainability studies continues to increase. This program gives you greater training and opportunities to join this growing employment field.
With this UND minor, you will gain insight to a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving for sustainability and sustainability-related issues as well as a set of skills and tools pertinent to solve problems within the coupled human-environment. This minor is for students interested in "greening" their major and in bridging the environment, economy and equity for healthy people and the planet.
The minor in Sustainability Studies pairs well with many majors, including:
- Airport Management
- Atmospheric Sciences
- Geography and Environmental Geoscience
- International Studies
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Earth Science
- Civil Engineering
Prepare to join the green economy while embracing a range of careers in industry, government agencies, non-governmental agencies and education.
Benefit from a curriculum that gives an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of theories and practices of sustainability.
Learn a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving for sustainability and sustainability-related issues and acquire a set of skills and tools pertinent to solve problems within the coupled human-environment.
Annual median salary for environmental scientists and specialists.*
Projected job growth for environmental scientists and specialists through 2026.*
Because environmental problems are so complicated, they cannot be solved by experts in any one specific discipline; they require problem solvers trained across disciplines and skilled at working collaboratively and creatively. Sustainability is becoming an important component in a variety of job descriptions, including conservation scientists, forestry managers, urban/regional planners, architects, construction and building inspectors, agriculturalists, and business leaders.
A minor in Sustainability Studies from UND adds a foundation for careers in a variety of fields, including:
- Environmental scientists
- Environmental consultant
- Environmental project manager
- Political science
- Computer science
- Registered nurse
- Planning assistant manager
- Software engineer
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