Carnegie Mellon University

The Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The new Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies was introduced in 2018 to be accessible for every possible undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, regardless of his or her college or major. There is a wide range of electives and they should be discussed with the faculty advisor. The minor replaces the earlier minors in Environmental Science (Mellon College of Science), Environmental Studies (Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences), and Environmental Engineering & Sustainability (College of Engineering).

Upon completion of the Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, students should be able to:

Apply social and scientific perspectives to environmental problems

Distinguish among scientific methods for evaluating environmental problems

Identify and assess sources of environmental data

Identify environmental justice issues within the context of proposed policy solutions; distinguish among impacts on different communities, and different groups of stakeholders, when considering environmental problems and proposed solutions

Required Courses

ONE COURSE IN CHEMISTRY
Choose one Units
09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry I 10
09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
(for students enrolled in MCS, Engineering, or SCS)
10
09-103 Atoms, Molecules and Chemical Change
(for students enrolled in CFA, Tepper, or Dietrich)
9
INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE
99-236 Introduction to Environmental Ideas 9
ONE COURSE IN STATISTICS & DATA SCIENCE (CFA STUDENTS ONLY)
Choose one
36-200 Reasoning with Data
Students entering CMU prior to 2018 may substitute 36-201 for 36-200.
9
ELECTIVES (36 UNITS)

Appropriate electives chosen in consultation with the Faculty Advisor.

TOTAL NUMBER OF REQUIRED UNITS = 54

Spring 2019 Eligible Elective Courses

ARCHITECTURE

48240 Historical Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism

48440 American Regions & Regionalism: An Architectural History of Place, Time, and Culture

48462 From Postal Networks to Community Places

48465 From the Acanthus to the Anthropocene: Nature’s Representation in Architectural

ART

60480 Advanced CP: Special Topic: The Art of Mapping

CHEMISTRY

09510 Chemistry and Sustainability

CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

12201 Geology

12351 Environmental Engineering

DESIGN

51172 Systems

51272 Cultures

51347 Drawing from Nature

51382 Design for Social Innovation

51384 Design Center: Co-Designing for Social Innovation

51385 Design for Service

51396 Design Center: Design Ethos & Action

51400 Transition Design

51460 Design Center: From Postal Networks to Community Places

51480 Design Capstone Project: Service Design & Social Innovation

DIETRICH COLLEGE INTERDISCIPLINARY GRAND CHALLENGE FRESHMAN SEMINARS

66110 DC Grand Challenge Freshman Seminar: Inequality

66119 Grand Challenge Freshman Seminar: Feeding the World, Feeding Ourselves

ENGINEERING & PUBLIC POLICY

19213 The American Railroad: Decline and Renaissance in the Age of Deregulation

19425 Sustainable Energy for the Developing World

HISTORY

79213 The American Railroad: Decline and Renaissance in the Age of Deregulation

79275 Introduction to Global Studies

79276 Beyond the Border

79280 Coffee and Capitalism

79295 Archaeology of Technology

79369 Disasters in American History: Floods and Hurricanes

79380 Hostile Environments: The Politics of Pollution in Global Perspective

79394 Exploring History through Geography

INFORMATION SYSTEMS (DIETRICH COLLEGE)

67279 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

INSTITUTE FOR POLITICS AND STRATEGY

84275 Comparative Politics

84313 International Organizations and Law

84322 Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution

84325 Contemporary American Foreign Policy

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

24292 Renewable Energy Engineering

24213 Special Topics: Citizen Science: Sensors, Makers and the Environment

MODERN LANGUAGES

82283 Language Diversity & Cultural Identity

82284 Multicultural Pittsburgh: A Creative Media Exploration of Cmmnty, Lang & Identit

82286 A Understanding Cultural Complexities: Haiti: Challenge & Hope

82286 B Understanding Cultural Complexities: Service Learning or Poverty Tourism: Expl. Pedagogy and Privilege in Int'l Cntxt

UNIVERSITY-WIDE COURSES

99349 Transforming Cities: Global Cities