Sustainability Studies Minor Requirements

Students in the Sustainability Studies minor will take seven courses (23-24 credits) in environmental and social sciences, ethics and business. Sustainability-related courses that contribute to the minor are offered within many majors. The introductory course is deeply interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise from across the University in the social sciences, business, history, philosophy, ecology, physics and marketing. After this introduction, students are expected to complete an independent study or internship project on or off campus that provides hands-on experience with the complex tasks required to make systems more sustainable. The capstone course draws on the interests and expertise of the enrolled students who together will identify a specific sustainability challenge on the Rider campus and devise, implement and measure the effects of a plan to address it.

Sustainability Studies Course Requirements
(23-24 semester hours)

Course No.Course TitleCredits
Foundation Courses
SUS 100Introduction to Sustainability Studies4
ENV 100Introduction to Environmental Sciences4
PHL 202Social Philosophy3
Economics and Business
One of:
CIS 411Green Computing3
ENT 444Green Entrepreneurialism3
ECO 335Economics of the Public Sector*3
GSC 115Introduction to Global Supply Chain Management3
Experiential Learning
SUS 300Internship or Independent Project3
Disciplinary Explorations
Select one
AMS 250America and the Future3
AMS 304Technology and Science in America3
BHP 231Natural and Adventures: Journeys in American Ecology and History3
BHP 232Issues at the New Jersey Shoreline - Science and Politics3
BHP 259The Environment: A Conflict of Interest3
BIO 350General Ecology4
ENG 318Food Writing3
ENG 322Workplace Writing: Grant Proposals, Fundraising and Development3
ENV 200Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences4
ENV 205Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
ENV 220Weather and Climate Change4
HIS 299American Environmental History3
PHL 203Business Ethics3
PHL 320Philosophy of Science3
POL 215Global Politics3
POL 328Environmental Policy and Politics3
POL 329Comparative Environmental Policy3
SOC 225Population Study 3
SOC 340Power and Politics3
SOC 350Social Policy and Industrial Society3
Capstone Course
SUS 400Seminar in Sustainability Studies3

*This course has a pre-requisite of ECO 201 and may only be appropriate for business majors.