minor in sustainability studies
enhance your degree with expertise in one of today’s growing career fields
frostburg state university’s sustainability minor gives students a way to add an extra credential to their bachelor’s degree and gain a career edge in a rapidly growing field. whether your primary degree is in business, biology, the humanities, social science or something else, your fsu sustainability minor will prepare you to look at decisions with an eye toward how they will impact future generations and the environment. it’s a skill employers such as private businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations value that will help their organizations meet the demands of a world that continually becomes more environmentally aware.
- earn a sustainability minor with just 21 credit hours (which can include gep and major courses).
- complete sustainability studies that demonstrate your ability to work in a field that becomes more valued every year.
minor in sustainability studies highlights:
- take part in hands-on sustainability initiatives through frostburg grows, a local greenhouse food cycle program and community cleanup effort, or through environmental programs at nearby evergreen heritage center.
- undertake a research project that allows you to use key concepts you’ve learned throughout the course of your sustainability program.
- join the fsu living green learning green organization that pursues projects that create sustainable solutions for our daily lives.
- participate on the fsu president’s sustainability advisory group to help create green initiatives on campus.
- complete a program that is excellent preparation for graduate studies in sustainability.
about our sustainability studies faculty:
- study with faculty members who are passionate about the importance of sustainability and deeply committed to its advancement.
- work side by side with professors in our small classes and benefit from their experience.
sample sustainability studies courses you may take:
climatology – gain an overview of the global climate system. learn about ocean-atmosphere, land-surface-atmosphere and biosphere-atmosphere interactions. study oscillations and teleconnections as well as variability and climate change.
environmental psychology – study influences of natural and human-built environments on human behavior and how humans influence environments. explore issues of personal space and crowding, environmental stressors, psychological aspects of sustainability. consider natural, residential, urban, educational and workplace environments.
introduction to world politics – explore the major issues in world politics, including evolution of the international system, political actors in world politics, patterns of conflict and cooperation, power, nationalism, international political economy and international organizations.
find out more about frostburg state university’s sustainability studies program requirement (pdf).
career outlook for sustainability practitioners:
sustainability is a growing field that crosses many different occupations including, but not limited to, management, science, engineering and government. the field is new enough that the u.s. bureau of labor statistics does not post statistics about anticipated job growth. however, it is important enough and growing at such a rapid pace that the bureau devoted an entire section of its website to green careers, income potential and survey data. for more information on the diverse possibilities of a career in sustainability, visit www.bls.gov/green/greencareers.htm (u.s. government occupational outlook handbook).