University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Sustainability Education

Due to the limitless opportunities for sustainability education, we like to provide flexibility in our curriculum.  Below are just a few additional ways to expand your education, which can be integrated into the completion of the Sustainability Studies Minor.

Contact us to learn more about how these options can fit into your program completion.


SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship offers a great experience to work with a nonprofit, governmental, educational, or business organization focusing on sustainability with a 5-10 hour per week internship.  This course can count for elective credit by petition.

See Sustainability Internship Work


Look for courses titled “SUST 3480: Topics in Sustainability.”  These courses may  vary by semester. Example: Carbon and Renewable Energy Policy (offered Fall 2011).


Students who have taken relevant courses while studying abroad can earn up to six elective credits for the Minor. See the Sustainability Studies Minor Advising Page for a list of possible programs.  Keep in mind that these are only a few of the offerings, and if you find another program that you think should count towards the Minor, contact us.


HECUA is an off-campus study program based in the Twin Cities.  The program incorporates classroom studies with an internship and fieldwork.  HECUA has several curriculum options, which include a semester program in Environmental Sustainability and a summer-term program in Environment and Agriculture. Students enrolled in these programs will automatically receive elective credit for the Minor. The semester program includes the courses ID 3591, ID 3592, ID 3593 and ID 3594, and the summer program includes ID 3564 and ID 3565. Visit the Community Service-Learning Center for information about enrolling in HECUA.


Students who wish to design their own studies or research projects, or are participating in a relevant internship, may also have these options approved for elective credit for the Minor. For approval, these students must also go through the petitioning process. Currently, the Sustainability Studies Minor does not offer any directed study programs, but many individual faculty members do. Check with your professors for more information about this option, or learn more about undergraduate research opportunities at the U of M.


Students may petition courses for elective credit. If you have taken, or plan to take, a course that does not appear in the approved curriculum that you feel is highly relevant to sustainability, contact us to learn more about the petitioning process.

The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.