Focused Sustainability Minors

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The School hosts a number of different sustainability related minors covering various different areas of study. Through interdisciplinary curricula, students can explore the areas of Sustainable Water, Peace & Reconciliation, and Sustainable Energy.

Minors are 21 credit sequences of courses that appear on a student’s transcript indicating that the student has knowledge and skills in the minor subject. The sustainability minors are all interdisciplinary in nature – meaning students will take course from different colleges to gain a deeper understanding of complex issues regarding our interaction with the planet and each other. Generally, courses can count for both major requirements and minor requirements, reducing the number of courses specifically required to complete the minor.

To schedule an appointment in person or virtually to speak about or declare any of the minors, please use the links below:


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Issues surrounding water supply, water quality, and ecological water relationships are increasingly important as population growth continues and water uses multiply. The complexity of these issues, and competition among various water users, demands that students interested in pursuing careers in water gain a broad introduction to the issues while specializing within a particular discipline. CSU has considerable water resource expertise in many academic fields.

The Sustainable Water Interdisciplinary Minor (SWIM) offers undergraduate students, regardless of their major, an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the many dimensions of water management. SWIM students will complete 21 credits (minimum of 12 upper-division) in core and elective courses that are particularly relevant to today’s water manager. Completion of the program is certified on the student’s academic record.

Download SWIM check sheet


This interdisciplinary minor is open to all students who want to understand more about the “Triple Bottom Line” of sustainability in the philosophical roots of peace and reconciliation as well as its expression within various academic disciplines, research, and service. Knowing more about the ideas that underlie nonviolent conflict resolution, especially within cross-cultural contexts, will help students evaluate how peace and reconciliation can impact their beliefs, choices and actions.

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability is proud to offer an interdisciplinary minor in the Role of Sustainability in Peace and Reconciliation Studies. The minor in will provide students from across the University the opportunity to obtain a background in the interdisciplinary field of Peace and Reconciliation Studies including the social, philosophical, and education aspects of peace and reconciliation and how these can address issues of sustainability.

Download Peace and Reconciliation checksheet

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The minor provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand the challenges and opportunities in the transition to a sustainable energy future. Providing society with energy in a sustainable way requires a broad understanding of technical, environmental, and social science issues. The courses in the minor span multiple colleges and cover physics, life sciences, engineering, sociology, and political science.

Program learning objectives

Upon completing this program, a successful student will be able to understand:

  • Fundamental concepts of energy, including energy quantities, units, conversion, and efficiency
  • How to describe the science underlying each of the major energy sources
  • The environmental impacts of producing and consuming energy
  • How to evaluate the sustainability of energy resources

Download Energy minor checksheet


Contact Ryan Deming, Minor Advisor, at

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