Sustainability (Minor)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2024–Spring 2025 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Minor in Sustainability

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Urban and Public Affairs
Academic Plan Code(s): SUSTMINOR

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a minor in Sustainability which is open to all students at the University of Louisville. The minor is designed for students who wish to supplement their major program with training in the identification, implementation, and monitoring of sustainable practices, processes, and systems.

The minor requires 18 credit hours of coursework. Fifteen credit hours will be completed in core sustainability courses, and three elective credit hours will be available across a broad number of related disciplines in Arts and Sciences and other UofL academic units.

NOTE: Six credit hours of the required courses will satisfy the SBD1 and QR General Education Requirements.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
URBS 131Introduction to Sustainability - SB3
URBS 231Environmental Management3
URBS 232Behavioral Dimensions of Environmental Decision-Making3
URBS 331Sustainable Built Environment - D1, SB3
URBS 303Quantitative Research Methods in Sustainability and Urban Studies - QR3
Select any one of the 300+ level courses below:3
College of Arts and Sciences
Ecology, Politics and Culture
Food and Body Politic
Principles of Ecology
Advanced Ecology
Global Change Ecology - CUE
Environmental Crime
Global Environmental Change
Climate Science
Environmental Conflict in the United States: Historical Foundations & Contemporary Problems - D1, SBH
Sustainable Human Environments - WR
Environmental Ethics
Planning for Innovative and Equitable Cities and Regions
Global Environmental Politics
Environmental Policy
Environmental Sociology
Animals and Society
Policy and Governance in Sustainability - WR
Sustainable Social-Ecological Systems
Special Topics
Speed School of Engineering
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Safety, Health and Environment
College of Business
Environmental Economics
Urban Economics
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
Public Health and Our Environment
Food Composition and Public Health
Minimum Total Hours18

At least three (3) semester hours of the requirements for a minor must be successfully completed while enrolled in the University of Louisville.