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SUSTAINABILITY MINOR

The EC sustainability minor will prepare you to identify the links between environmental, political, and social factors that influence health and development. Through a combination of interdisciplinary courses and immersive, on-location research in the Finger Lakes region or around the world, students gain first-hand experience engaging with the environmental issues that will define major challenges and opportunities for the twenty-first century.

The EC sustainability minor was developed in partnership with renowned conservationist and author, Dr. Meg Lowman.  An Elmira native, "CanopyMeg" (a nickname bestowed by middle school students who email her), has earned an international reputation as one of the world's first arbornauts, pioneering the field of forest canopy science. National Geographic dubbed her "the Real Life Lorax" and the Wall Street Journal labeled her as "the Einstein of the treetops." She has devised innovative methods - including walkways, construction cranes and hot air balloons - to explore this "eighth continent," home to about half of life on earth.

Learn more about Dr. Lowman and her work in canopies around the world.


CURRICULUM

CORE COURSES

  • ANT/SUS 1200 Culture and the Environment
  • ENV 4590 Seminar: Environmental Studies

Total Credits: 6.0


FOUNDATIONS COURSES

Choose at least one course from each category below:

Environmental Media & Communication

  • ENG 2025 The Craft of Creative Non-Fiction | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • ENG 2180 Expository Writing | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • ENG/SPC 1111 Media Studies | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • ENG/PHR 2430 Rhetorical Economics (WEP) | 3.00 Credit Hours

Globalization, Capitalism, and the Environment

  • ANT 3250 The Culture of Global Capitalism (GLP) | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • ENG 2908 Culture of Global Recession (GLP) | 6.00 Credit Hours
  • ECO 2320 The Global Economy (GLP) | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • AMS 3015 American Environmental History (WEPA) | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • SSC/SOC 1492 Introduction to Geography (GLP) | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • SSC 2100 Global Environmental Issues (GLP) | 3.00 Credit Hours

Society and Sustainability

  • ENV 1020 Introduction to Environmental Science | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • ENV 1920 Sustainable Agriculture | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • ENV 1910 Water Scarcity and Pollution | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • BIO 1056 Plants and Peoples (GLP) | 4.00 Credit Hours

Environmental Justice and Equality

  • ANT 2185 Peoples of Latin America (NWP) | 3.00 Credit Hours
  • ANT/SUS XXXX Global Environmental Conflicts (GLP) (Proposal accepted by CAC)
  • MAT 1960 Analyzing Fairness, Equity, and Social Justice (MQR) | 3.00 Credit Hours

Total Credits: 12.0


IMMERSION

Term III Travel Courses:

  • NSC 1902 Marine and Island Ecology (Bahamas) | 6.00 Credit Hours
  • BIO 1902 Field Biology (Hawaii)| 6.00 Credit Hours
  • NSC 1959 Alaska: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation | 6.00 Credit Hours
  • BIO 3930 Marine and Island Ecology| 6.00 Credit Hours
  • BIO 4920 Advanced Ecology| 6.00 Credit Hours
  • BIO 1902 Field Biology (NY)| 6.00 Credit Hours
  • BIO 1909 Field Botany (NY)| 6.00 Credit Hours
  • ENV 1962 Environmental Issues and Choices (local) | 6.00 Credit Hours

Total Credits: 6.0

TOTAL: 24.0 CREDITS