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“Sustainable Environment” is one of the University’s six innovation clusters and is notable because of the University’s academic strength in the field and a related industry presence in the state. Clemson students may choose from dozens of sustainability-related courses in various majors and minors, including the newly established interdisciplinary sustainability minor. By including it as an innovation cluster and being a signatory of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, Clemson has been committed to making sustainability an integral part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students.

To ensure that sustainability is both addressed specifically and is integrated across the curriculum, the Sustainability Plan education action items were implemented:

  • Implement a series of major-specific courses that address sustainability concepts within the context of Clemson’s fields of study
  • Include sustainability as a theme in Science, Technology and Society courses
  • Expand and highlight opportunities to integrate sustainability into other courses or to develop new sustainability-focused courses, concentrating on first and second-year courses that reach a broad audience
  • Support faculty who incorporate sustainability in their courses
    • Offer incentive funding for revising courses to include sustainability
    • Continue and expand Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation workshops in “teaching sustainability across the disciplines”
    • Offer a faculty support network through a new or rechartered center or institute that will focus on sustainable education.

Sustainability Minor

The sustainability minor, which is open to all majors, is one of the first of its kind. The program is designed to familiarize students with the core values of sustainability, and gain an in-depth knowledge of why and how sustainability is approached.

If you are interested in minoring in sustainability, speak with your advisor or contact Jennifer Goree.

If you need to discuss a course substitution, please contact Caye Drapcho.

Catalog Description

Description: http://essoresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/nrg-planning-300x300.jpgThe 2018-2019 Course catalog outline for the Sustainability Minor:

Sustainability (18 credits minimum)

A minor in Sustainability requires 18 credits, including CU 2010; and 15 credits selected from AGM 3010, AGRB 2570, 3570, 4570*, ARCH 4250, 4710*, 4720*, BE 4400, 4640, BIOL 2040*, 3130, 4410, 4860, BT 2200, 2400, CE 4120, 4360, 4370, COMM 3070*, ECE 4200, 4570, 4610, 4710, ECON 3190, EES 4860, ENGL 4340*, ENR 1010, 3120*, 4130, 4290*, 4500*, ENSP 1250, 2000, 2010, 3150, 4000*, 4720, ENT 3000, ETOX 4370, FOR 4230, 4340, 4650, GEOL 1120, 1140, 1200, 1250, 2700*, 3000, 4090*, HIST 1240*, 3920*,HORT 1010, 3080, 3090, 4560*, 4610*, LARC 4230*, ME 4200, MSE 4330, PES 3350, 4220, 4230, 4450*, 4900, PHIL 3260*, 3400*, 3450*, PHSC 1070, PHYS 2450, 4200, PKSC 3680*, POSC 4160*, PRTM 4300*, RS 4010*, SOC 4030*, 4330*, 4590*, 4710*, STS 2150*, WFB 3130, 4180, 4300. At least nine credits must be selected from 3000- or 4000-level courses. At least three and no more than nine credits must be from courses addressing the social dimension of sustainability. These courses are identified by an asterisk in the list above. Creative Inquiry, study abroad, independent research, capstone project, or other courses that focus on sustainability issues may be submitted through CU 2010 instructors for approval.

Sustainability Minor Advising Suggestions current as of fall 2018:
  1. The Sustainability Minor requires 18 credits
  2. CU 2010 Sustainability Leadership is required, plus 15 additional credits
  3. Three to 9 credits must address the social dimension of sustainability (identified with * below)
  4. At least 9 credits must be 3000-4000 level. The following approved courses have few/no prerequisites:
    ARCH 4250 Energy in Architecture (senior standing)
    ENR 3120* Environmental Risks and Society (need GEN ED math completed)
    ENR 4290* Environmental Law and Policy (Junior standing)
    ENSP 3150* Environment and Agriculture
    ENSP 4720 Environmental Planning
    FOR 4340 GIS
    HORT 3080 (depending on major, may request override for pre-req HORT 1010)
    HORT 4560* Vegetable Crops
    PES 4450* Regulatory Issues and Policy
    PES 4760 Sustainable Food Systems (Junior standing)
    PKSC 3680* Packaging and Society (includes Honors section)
    PHIL 3260* Science and Values
    PHIL 3400* Technology, Environment and Sustainability
    PHIL 3450* Environmental Ethics
    POSC 4160* Interest Groups and Social Movements
    PRTM (GEOG) 4300 World Geography of Parks (gpa 2.0 required)
    RS 4010* Human Ecology
    SOC 4030* Technology, Environment and Society (SOC 2010 prereq)
    SOC 4330* Globalization and Social Change (SOC 2010 prereq)
    SOC 4590* The Community (Junior Standing)
    SOC 4710* Population, Issues and Methods (SOC 2010 prereq)
  5. Courses that also meet GEN ED requirements:

    a) The following Sustainability courses also meet GEN ED requirements for NON-LIT, SS or STS

    AGBR/APEC 4570* (STS); BIOL 2040* (STS); COMM 3070* (STS); ENSP 2000* (STS), ENSP 3150* (STS); HIST 1240* (SS /STS), PHIL 3260* (NON-LIT/STS), PHIL 3450* (NON-LIT/STS), PHYS 2450 (STS), RS 4010* (STS), SOC 4030* (STS), STS 2150* (STS).

    b) The following Sustainability courses meet the GEN ED requirement of Mathematics or Natural Science BIOL 2040*; ENSP 2000*; ENSP 3150*; GEOL 1200, 3000; ENSP 3150 and PHYS 2450

  6. The full list of approved courses is below:

    AGM 3010, AGRB 2570, 3570, 4570*, ARCH 4250, 4710*, 4720*, BE 4400, 4640, BIOL 2040*, 3130, 4410, 4860, BT 2200, 2400, CE 4120, 4360, 4370, COMM 3070*, ECE 4200, 4570, 4610, 4710, ECON 3190, EES 4860, ENGL 4340*, ENR 1010, 3120*, 4130, 4290*, 4500*, ENSP 1250, 2000, 2010, 3150, 4000*, 4720, ENT 3000, ETOX 4370, FOR 4230, 4340, 4650, GEOL 1120, 1140, 1200, 1250, 2700*, 3000, 4090*, HIST 1240*, 3920*,HORT 1010, 3080, 3090, 4560*, 4610*, LARC 4230*, ME 4200, MSE 4330, PES 3350, 4220, 4230, 4450*, 4900, PHIL 3260*, 3400*, 3450*, PHSC 1070, PHYS 2450, 4200, PKSC 3680*, POSC 4160*, PRTM 4300*, RS 4010*, SOC 4030*, 4330*, 4590*, 4710*, STS 2150*, WFB 3130, 4180, 4300.

Flow of the Minor

CU 2010, Sustainability Leadership, is intended as the first course students will take in the minor. The course includes brief coverage of the student learning outcomes listed below. As part of this course, students work with the instructors to select learning objectives from this list and use these learning objectives to develop their plan for completing the minor.

Students are encouraged to take CU 2010 early in their studies, but may seek approval for courses taken prior to enrolling in CU 2010.

An approved list of learning objectives, courses, and engagement activities will be maintained and students/faculty can submit new courses and projects for approval by showing how they meet specific learning objectives. This flexibility is critical due to the constant additions of courses and engagement activities related to sustainability.

Student Learning Outcomes

Scales of sustainability:

  • Define sustainability in 3 dimensions (environmental, social, economic)
  • Apply sustainability concepts on local and global scales
  • Integrate sustainability study and practice into the surrounding community
  • Evaluate the history of development through mercantilism, imperialism, capitalism
  • Assess the long term cultural and environmental impacts that shape our world today

Fundamental issues of sustainability:

  • Evaluate current and potential future impacts of sustainability issues including: Global climate and climate change; Food; Energy; Water; Environmental Degradation
  • Evaluate how sustainability impacts social and intergenerational justice

Systems thinking for sustainability:

  • Understand basic principles of systems thinking
  • Evaluate the role of their major in sustainability issues
  • Recognize interrelated systems

Evaluate tools for implementing/measuring sustainability:

  • Evaluate the costs and benefits of sustainability (see that it is not always more expensive)
  • Perform a Life cycle analysis and assessment
  • Measure impacts of point source pollution prevention; and cradle-to-cradle and lean manufacturing

Change agents for sustainability:

  • Practice change agent skills for sustainability
  • Practice group processes
  • Identify and address the root of problems, even when it seems to go against the status quo or social norms
  • Apply a new or changed mindset to your personal life

Sustainable Cities of Scandinavia

Summer Study Abroad in Sweden: An Interdisciplinary Program for Undergraduate and Graduate students

Undergraduate students will earn 6 credit hours at the 3000 level that count toward the Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability during the 5-week undergraduate program.

Graduate students will earn 3 hours of graduate credit during the 10-12 day graduate program.

Students will live in Kalmar, Sweden, an 800-year-old city by the Baltic Sea and will visit four of the greenest cities in the world.

Cities visited will include: Kalmar, Vaxjo, Oland, Smaland, Stockholm, and Copenhagen

Contact Lori Dickes at lorid@clemson.edu for more information.