The core principle of sustainability is the desire to meet the basic material needs of the current generation without  Green Leafcompromising 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, 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

This is a Green Leaf program.

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 World (Mason Core)4
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
Ecosphere - Introduction to Environmental Science I-Lecture (Mason Core)
and Ecosphere- Introduction to Environmental Science I- Lab (Mason Core)
Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century (Mason Core)
Business and Sustainability
Tackling Wicked Problems in Society 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
Food-Energy-Water-Climate Nexus
RS: Ecological Sustainability (Mason Core)
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry I (Mason Core)
Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (Mason Core)
Air Pollution
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)
Geographic Approaches for Sustainable Development
Physical Climatology
Physical Climatology
Severe and Extreme Weather
Severe and Extreme Weather
Physics of Renewable Energy
Materials Science with Applications to Renewable Energy
Environment and Culture
EcoArt (Mason Core)
Environmental Engineering and Science
Sustainable Land Development
Environmental Engineering Systems
Conservation Theory
Biodiversity Monitoring
Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core)
Environmental Economics for the Citizen (Mason Core)
Environmental Economics
Global Networks and Communities (Mason Core)
Introduction to Conservation Studies (Mason Core)
The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation (Mason Core)
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Conservation Biology (Mason Core)
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
Wilderness Travel and Sustainability
People With Nature
Human Behavior in Natural Environments
Introduction to Natural Resources Law
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)
Sustainable Tourism
Total Credits8