The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) seeks to prepare students to meet today’s pressing environmental challenges. Using an interdisciplinary approach within a framework of sustainability, students will be led in innovative research leading to the knowledge and understanding needed to approach and solve problems of the human-environment interaction. SoGES’ vision encompasses laying the foundation and defining the principles and practices that will ensure long-term environmental sustainability, while continuing to meet the needs of people around the earth.

Effective Fall 2023

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Required Courses
GES 101Foundations of Environmental Sustainability3
GES 470Applications of Environmental Sustainability3
Selected Courses
Select one course from each Group A, B, and C. At least 3 credits of these courses must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). Courses may not fulfill two categories.
Group A: Society and Social Processes3
Plants and Civilizations (GT-SS3)
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)
Human Ecology
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World
Indigenous Environmental Stewardship
Impacts on Ancient Environments
Border Crossings--People/Politics/Culture (GT-SS3)
Global Environmental Justice Movements
Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)
Cultural Geography
American Environmental History
World Environmental History, 1500-Present
Topics in Organic Agriculture
Natural Resources History and Policy
Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability
Ethics of Sustainability
Environmental Ethics
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy
Global Environmental Politics
Air, Climate, and Energy Policy Analysis
Environmental Politics in Developing World
Globalization, Sustainability, and Justice
Environmental Psychology
Environment, Food, and Social Justice (GT-SS3)
Population-Natural Resources and Environment
Environmental Justice
Food, Agriculture and Global Society
Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology
Water and Social Justice
Sociology of Disaster
Group B: Biological and Physical Processes3
Impacts on Ancient Environments
Ecology and Management of Weeds
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
Stream Biology and Ecology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Health--Water Quality
Human Disease and the Environment
Environmental Contaminants
Physical Geography
The Blue Planet - Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)
Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)
Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2)
Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications
Environmental Issues in Agriculture (GT-SS3)
Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)
Design and Nature
Ecology of Landscapes
Environmental Conservation (GT-SC2)
Global Environmental Systems (GT-SC2)
Wildland Ecosystems in a Changing World
Microbiology for Sustainable Agriculture
Composting Principles and Practices
Group C: Economy and Profitability3
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)
Issues in Environmental Economics (GT-SS1)
Introduction-Economics of Natural Resources
Economics of Outdoor Recreation
International Agricultural Trade
Water Resource Economics
Ag- and Resource-Based Economic Development
Economics of the Forest Environment
Social and Sustainable Venturing
Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability
Group D: Skills
Select at least one upper-division course (minimum of 3 credits) from Group D not taken in another category:3
Water Resource Economics
Art and Environment
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
Sustainable Civil/Environmental Engineering
Travel Abroad-Sustainable Building
Sustainable Practice-Design and Construction
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
Spatial Analysis with GIS
Organic Greenhouse Production
Diagnosis and Treatment in Organic Fields
Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation
Design and Nature
Introduction to Geospatial Science
Population-Natural Resources and Environment
Sociology of Disaster
Upper-Division Elective
Select 3 upper-division credits from Groups A-D with a subject code not previously taken or any upper-division GES course3
Program Total Credits:21