School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Sustainability Studies Undergraduate Minor

The core principle of sustainability is the desire to meet the basic material needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

In order to achieve this goal, we must recognize and address the conflicts and trade-offs involved in balancing environmental integrity, social equity, and economic stability. Such complex work necessarily involves contributions from a wide range of disciplines, and it also requires a re-examination of the relationship between human value systems and cultural practices and the associated long-term implications for the ecosystem. This interdisciplinary minor is housed jointly in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (College of Science) and in the New Century College (College of Humanities and Social Sciences).

Required courses (8 credits)

  • NCLC 210: Sustainable World (4 credit hours)
  • EVPP 480: Sustainability in Action (4 credit hours)

Electives (8 credits)

A maximum of 2 courses from a single department or program can be counted for elective credit. Preapproved courses are listed here and others may be substituted (see the program coordinator for further information).

  • CEIE 355: Environmental Engineering and Science (3 credit hours)
  • CEIE 401: Sustainable Land Development (3 credit hours)
  • CEIE 450: Environmental Engineering Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CHEM 155: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
  • CLIM 101: Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (3 credit hours)
  • CONS 401: Conservation Theory (3 credit hours)
  • CONS 404: Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity (4 credit hours)
  • CONS 410: Human Dimensions in Conservation (3 credit hours)
  • CONS 411: Science Communication for Conservation (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 105: Environmental Economics for the Citizen (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 335: Environmental Economics (3 credit hours)
  • EVPP 110: The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I (4 credit hours)
  • EVPP 201: Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century (3 credit hours)
  • EVPP 322: Business and Sustainability (3 credit hours)
  • EVPP 335: People, Plants, and Culture (3 credit hours)
  • EVPP 336: Human Dimensions of the Environment (3 credit hours)
  • EVPP 337: Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries (3 credit hours)
  • EVPP 338: Economics of Environmental Policy (3 credit hours)
  • EVPP 355: Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration (4 credit hours)
  • EVPP 361: Introduction to Environmental Policy (3 credit hours)
  • EVPP 362: Intermediate Environmental Policy (3 credit hours)
  • EVPP 378: RS: Ecological Sustainability (4 credit hours)
  • EVPP 421: Marine Conservation (3 credit hours)

  • PHIL 343: Issues in Environmental Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • PHYS 331: Fundamentals of Renewable Energy (3 credit hours)
  • PHYS 385: Materials Science with Applications to Renewable Energy (3 credit hours)

  • SOCI 320: Social Structure and Globalization (3 credit hours)

  • USST 301: Urban Growth in a Shrinking World (3 credit hours)

Total: 16 credits

For more information about this minor, contact:

Andrew Wingfield, Asst Professor awingfie@gmu.edu 
Dann Sklarew, Assoc, Professor, dsklarew@gmu.edu