Minor Track FAQ's

How do the Sustainable Energy and Sustainability tracks compare with the ENVS minor?

The Sustainable Energy and Sustainability minors are versions of the environmental studies minor that requires students to take a track of specific courses focused on energy/sustainability and on knowledge and experience needed to address energy or sustainability challenges. The Sustainable Energy and Sustainability tracks are interdisciplinary minors that allow and encourage students to take courses outside the ENVS program. Overall, the Sustainable Energy or Sustainability track will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to understand diverse perspectives on energy/sustainability challenges and to tackle real-world energy/sustainability problems in our communities and the world at large.

Do many of the minor courses have prerequisites?

Most courses applicable to the Sustainable Energy or Sustainability minor do not have prerequisites. Of those with prerequisites, most are basic introductory courses that a number of students complete for various majors in their first year. Only a few courses require upper level courses as prerequisites and the minor can be completed without taking these particular courses.

Can you modify a major with the Sustainable Energy or Sustainability minor?

The environmental studies major cannot be modified due to its interdisciplinary nature. However, environmental studies majors can declare "sustainable energy" or "sustainability" as their elective focus by choosing courses focusing on these concepts in the major. See ENVS Major worksheet.

Non-ENVS majors can modify their major with ENVS and can focus on "sustainable energy" or "sustainability" by taking three elective courses focused on teaching sustainability concepts, one of which can be from outside the ENVS program. (See Other Major Modified with ENVS worksheet).

To declare an ENVS major, minor, or other major modified with ENVS, please email Kim Wind to get started.

Can a course satisfy both the Sustainability minor and another major or minor?

No one course can be used to satisfy multiple majors and/or minors in any department at the College. A course that is being counted towards fulfilling a requirement of the Sustainable Energy or Sustainability minor cannot be counted towards filling the requirements of any other major or minor.