Dec 03, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Sustainability Minor

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The sustainability minor is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise across CLAS departments: anthropology, biology, chemistry, communication, economics, environmental sciences, geography, geology, history, economics, philosophy, physics and political science. The core courses are taught by a faculty team who will present sustainability concepts from socio-ecological and systems perspectives.  

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Minor

  • Please see your advisor.

General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a total of 18 credit hours chosen from the approved courses below, distributed as follows: two core courses that introduce students to how living things affect and are affected by their environments, a capstone course and three electives chosen from an approved list of CLAS courses.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 12 upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours in the minor, chosen from the approved courses below.
  3. Students must earn a minimum grade of C-(1.7) in all minor courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.5. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the minor GPA. Students cannot complete minor or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours with CU Denver faculty chosen from the approved courses below.

Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations 

  1. Students should consult with the Sustainability advisor before registering for any courses applicable toward the minor. *Graduate-level courses and cross-lists may be used with prior consent from the advisor.
  2. Credits counted for another major or minor program can be counted toward the Sustainability Minor with approval from the advisor, though no course may be used to fulfill more than two graduation requirements.

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