University at Albany

The Sustainability Minor

Most modern problems are complex. Sustainable solutions to such problems require multidisciplinary approaches. The minor in sustainability creates a curriculum that will help students understand what sustainability is and how it is perceived within various disciplines. Students will take courses that specifically address the environmental, geopolitical or social aspects of sustainability.

Students from any discipline may pursue the Sustainability minor. The requirements for the minor are as follows: Students must complete a minimum of 18 graduation credits (9 of which must be in coursework at or above the 300 level), including at least 3 credits in each of three categories: (i) Natural/Physical Sciences A ENV 105, A BIO 102, A BIO 120, A BIO 222, A ATM 304, A BIO 311, A BIO 327, A BIO 427, A ENV 450 (ii) Social Sciences/Humanities: A ECO 110, AHIS 276, 277, AHIS 317,329 (iii) Planning: A GOG 125, A GOG 201, A GOG 220, A GOG 225, A PHI 474, A PLN 430, A PLN432.

Sustainability Minor Courses

Entry Level Courses
Biology ABIO 102 General Biological Sciences
Biology ABIO 120 General Biology I
Biology ABIO 222 Biological Consequenes of Climate Change
Environmental Science AENV 105 Introduction to Environmental Sciences
Geography AGOG 125 The American City
Geography AGOG 201 Environmental Analysis
Geography AGOG 220 Introductory Urban Geography
Geography AGOG 225 World Cities: Geographies of Globalization
History AHIS 276 Technology and Society in America
History AHIS 277 Culture and History of Food in the USA
Upper Level Courses
Atmospheric Science AATM 304 Air Quality
Biology ABIO 311 World Food Crisis
Biology ABIO 327 Experimental Ecology
Biology ABIO 427 Grazing in Terrestrial Ecosystems
Environmental Science AENV 450 Paleoclimatology
History AHIS 317 History of the American City to 1860
History AHIS 329 American Environmental History
Philosophy APHI 474 Society and Values
Planning USP 430 Environmental Planning
Planning USP 432 Parks, Preservation and Heritage Planning


Any questions about signing up for the minor may be directed to Dr. Carlos Balsas at