Sustainable Development - Undergraduate Minor
The Undergraduate Minor in Sustainable Development is an interdisciplinary program through which students develop a deeper understanding of the relations between humans and the natural environment. The minor offers students the opportunity to cross disciplines and construct a coherent interdisciplinary program that focuses on human interactions with the natural environment, society’s role in depleting and transforming natural resources, critical issues in sustainable development, and new strategies for conserving natural resources and sustainable agricultural production.
NMSU occupies a unique strategic position as a land grant institution in a multi-cultural regional setting, combined with its geographic location on a binational border. Students in different programs can use the minor in sustainable development to enhance their undergraduate degrees and prepare themselves professionally to seek careers and graduate degrees in sustainable and international development.
A minor in sustainable development is available for students who want to include sustainable development in their academic training. The minor requires 18 credit hours, nine of upper division courses, broken down in the following way:
- 6 credit hours of core requirements,
- 9 credit hours of elective courses, and
- 3 credit hours of field study
Course List Prefix Title Credits Core Courses 6 Select six credits from the following list World Agriculture and Food Problems 3 Food and Culture Around the World 3 Principles of Ecology 3 Introduction to Climate Science 4 Environmental Sociology 3 Electives 9 Select nine credits from the following list Natural Resource Economics 3 Sustainable Production of Agronomic Crops 4 Conservation Biology 3 Science & Society 3 Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management 3 Agriculture in an Interconnected World 3 Social Issues in the Rural Americas 3 With permission of the minor advisor, students may substitute one class that presents a topical focus on sustainable development Field Requirements 3 Select three credits from the following courses Internship in Anthropology 3-12 Special Topics 1-4 Internship 1-6 Total Credits 18