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The core principle of sustainability is the desire to meet the basic material needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In order to achieve this goal, we must recognize and address the conflicts and trade-offs involved in balancing environmental integrity, social equity, and economic stability. Such complex work necessarily involves contributions from a wide range of disciplines, and it also requires a re-examination of the relationship between human value systems and cultural practices and the associated long-term implications for the ecosystem.

This is a Green Leaf program.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: SSTS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 16

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Candidates for the minor must complete coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Core Courses

EVPP 480Sustainability in Action (Mason Core)4
INTS 210Sustainable World4
Total Credits8


A maximum of two courses from a single department or program can be counted for elective credit. Preapproved courses are listed here and others may be substituted. See the undergraduate coordinator for additional electives.

Select 8 credits from the following:8
Environment and Culture
EcoArt (Mason Core)
RS: Ecological Sustainability (Mason Core)
Environmental Engineering and Science
Sustainable Land Development
Environmental Engineering Systems
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry I (Mason Core)
Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (Mason Core)
Conservation Theory
Biodiversity Monitoring
Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core)
Science Communication for Conservation
Environmental Economics for the Citizen (Mason Core)
Environmental Economics
The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I (Mason Core)
Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century (Mason Core)
Business and Sustainability
Human Dimensions of the Environment
Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries
Economics of Environmental Policy
Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Intermediate Environmental Policy
RS: Ecological Sustainability (Mason Core)
Marine Conservation
Environmental Geology
Physical Geography (Mason Core)
Human Geography (Mason Core)
Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (Mason Core)
Dynamic Geosphere and Ecosphere
Global Environmental Hazards
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Sustainable Development
Physical Climatology
Physical Climatology
Severe and Extreme Weather
Severe and Extreme Weather
Air Pollution
Air Pollution
Environmental Impact Assessment
Global Networks and Communities
Introduction to Conservation Studies
The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation
Exploring Virginia's Watersheds
Environmental Justice
Animal Rights and Humane Education
Conservation Biology
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
Fundamentals of Renewable Energy
Materials Science with Applications to Renewable Energy
Wilderness Travel and Sustainability
People with Nature
Human Behavior in Natural Environments
Introduction to Natural Resources Law
Social Structure and Globalization (Mason Core)
Sustainable Tourism
Urban Growth in a Shrinking World
Total Credits8