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


  • Prefix Title Credits
    Core Courses6
    Select six credits from the following list
    World Agriculture and Food Problems3
    Food and Culture Around the World3
    Principles of Ecology3
    Introduction to Climate Science4
    Environmental Sociology3
    Select nine credits from the following list
    Natural Resource Economics3
    Sustainable Production of Agronomic Crops4
    Conservation Biology3
    Science & Society3
    Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management3
    Agriculture in an Interconnected World3
    Social Issues in the Rural Americas3
    With permission of the minor advisor, students may substitute one class that presents a topical focus on sustainable development
    Field Requirements3
    Select three credits from the following courses
    Internship in Anthropology3-12
    Special Topics1-4
    Total Credits18