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

Fall 2019 Eligible Elective Courses

ARCHITECTURE

48095 Spatial Concepts for Non-Majors 
10.0  Units TR 01:30PM 04:20PM 

ART

60214 Photography and the Narrative of Place 
5.0 Units A2 TR 08:30AM 11:20AM 

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

03120 Biology for Life Special Topics Mini 
Section A2: Swine, Sewage, Spit, Sex and the Spread of Infectious Disease  6.0 Units MW 03:00PM 04:20PM Mitchell, Aaron

03125 Evolution 
9.0 Units TR 09:00AM 10:20AM 

03128 Biology for Life Special Topics Semester-Long Course:
9.0 Units MWF 03:30PM-04:20PM Hinman, Veronica

BUSINESS

70365 International Trade and International Law 
9.0 Units W 06:30PM 09:20PM 
PREREQUISITES: 73100 or 73102

39109/66109 Grand Challenge Freshman Seminar: Climate Change 
9.0 Units TR 10:30AM 11:50AM

09225 Climate Change: Chemistry, Physics and Planetary Science 
9.0 Units TR 09:00AM 10:20AM

CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

12201 Geology 
9.0  Units TR 03:00PM 04:20PM 

DESIGN

51173 Design Center: Human Experience in Design 
9.0 Units M 06:30PM 09:20PM 

51371 Futures I 
4.5 Units  A1 TR 12:00PM 01:20PM 

51473 Design Center: Design Thinking for Social Innovation 
9.0 Units TR 12:00PM 01:20PM 

ECONOMICS

73352 Public Economics 
9.0 Units MW 01:30PM 02:50PM 
Minimum grade of C required in all economics pre-requisite courses. PREREQUISITES (21256 or 21259 or 21269 or 21268) and (73230)

73427 Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Economics 
9.0 Units TR 10:30AM 11:50AM 
Minimum grade of C required in all economics pre-requisite courses. PREREQUISITES (21256 or 21259 or 21268 or 21269) and (73230)

ENGINEERING & PUBLIC POLICY

19421 Emerging Energy Policies 
9.0 Units TR 12:00PM 01:20PM 

19424 Energy and the Environment 
9.0 Units TR 12:00PM 01:20PM

19429 Climate Change Science and Solutions 
9.0 Units 
MW 06:30PM 07:50PM 

19440 Combustion and Air Pollution Control 
9.0 Units TR 01:30PM 02:50PM 

ENGLISH

76230 Literature & Culture in the 19th Century: Environmentalisms 
9.0 Units TR 01:30PM 02:50PM 
PREREQUISITES (76101) or (76102) or (76106 and 76107) or (76106 and 76108) or (76107 and 76108)

76319 Environmental Rhetoric 
9.0 Units TR 10:30AM 11:50AM 
PREREQUISITES (76101) or (76102) or (76106 and 76107) or (76106 and 76108) or (76107 and 76108)

HISTORY

79234 Technology and Society
9.0 Units MW 12:00PM 01:20PM

79275 Introduction to Global Studies 
9.0 Units MW 03:00PM 04:20PM

79303 Pittsburgh and the Transformation of Modern Urban America 
6.0 Units A2 TR 01:30PM 02:50PM 

79313 “Unwanted”: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Patterns of Global Migration 
6.0 Units A2 TR 03:00PM 04:20PM 

79315 Thirsty Planet: The Politics of Water in Global Perspective 
9.0 Units TR 12:00PM 01:20PM 

79383 The History of Capitalism 
9.0 Units TR 10:30AM 11:50AM 

79397 Environmental Crises and the City 
9.0 Units MW 01:30PM 02:50PM 

84104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions 
9.0 Units TR 03:00PM 04:20PM 

84310 International Political Economy 
9.0 Units TR 12:00PM 01:20PM 
PREREQUISITES 84110 or 73102 or 12421 or 73100 or 88220

84362 Diplomacy and Statecraft 
9.0 Units  TR 09:00AM 10:20AM 

84370 Global Nuclear Politics 
9.0 Units TR 01:30PM 02:50PM 

84380 Grand Strategy in the United States 
9.0 Units MW 12:00PM 01:20PM 

MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

27406 Sustainable Materials 
9.0 Units MWF 02:30PM 03:20PM

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

24424 Energy and the Environment 
9.0 Units  TR 12:00PM 01:20PM 

24425 Combustion and Air Pollution Control 
9.0 Units TR 01:30PM 02:50PM 

MUSIC

57306 World Music 
9.0 Units TR 09:00AM 10:20AM 

PHILOSOPHY

80136 Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics 
9.0 Units Lec 1 MW 10:30AM 11:20AM 

80244 Environmental Ethics 
9.0 Units MW 03:00PM 04:20PM 

80348 Health, Human Rights, and International Development 
9.0 Units TR 03:00PM 04:20PM 

STATISTICS AND DATA SCIENCE

36461 Special Topics: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 
9.0 Units TR 10:30AM 11:50AM
PREREQUISITES 36401