Program Description

Global populations are becoming predominantly urban and the state of the environment is central to issues of quality of life, health and safety. The Sustainability minor program provides students with the most innovative preparation in urban environmental sustainability through course work that cross cuts multiple disciplines and focuses on integrative solutions. Students develop a foundation knowledge in Earth systems. Students engage the challenges of sustainability through course work and community problem solving in sustainable thinking, planning, policy, and design. Undergraduate students gain essential life skills, a foundation in complex environmental and human systems, and critical problem solving skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Sustainability students can describe the interactions and feedbacks of Earth systems, have knowledge of environmental policy and urban planning, and are engaged in sustainability issues at many scales.
  • Sustainability students will be actively involved with diverse communities throughout their course work, and assess sustainability challenges from multiple cultural perspectives and through world experiences.
  • Sustainability students will demonstrate this learning through the application of advanced sustainable knowledge, quantitative, and analytical skills in their application to new settings and complex problems.
  • Sustainability students will have the ability to characterize human-environmental interactions analytically and communicate their findings effectively.

Program Requirements

Take three hours of the following:3
Environmental Internship
Earth Systems and Resources
Select one of the following:3-4
Global Environmental Change
Global Water and Sustainability
Principles of Biogeography
Energy Resources
Sustainable Thinking
Select one of the following:1-3
Environmental Sustainability
Environmental Sustainability
Nature, Culture And The Human Experience
Environmental Ethics And Policy
Political Science And Politics
Sustainable Planning and Policy
Select one of the following:1-3
Neighborhood And Community Development
Planning For Historic Preservation
Sustainable Design
Select one of the following:1-4
Introduction to Waste Management
Urban Environment Planning And Design
Analytical Tools
Select one of the following:3-4
Environment, Resources And Economic Growth
Advanced Geographic Information Science
Gis Fundamentals for Research Applications
Spatial Data Analysis
Transportation Planning
Total Credits12-21

Courses which do not apply as credit in the Minor program are:

GEOG 417Special Topics1
GEOG/GEOLOGY 398Field Trip1
GEOG/GEOLOGY 499WIGeography Seminar3


Minimum of 18 hours, Minimum of 9 hours from UMKC (not transferred)

Minimum of 9 Junior/Senior (300/400) level courses, Total hours determined by department. Academic Minors are optional. The minor will not appear on the Commencement Program or diploma but will be noted on the transcript.