Sustainability Dual Major

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What is the Sustainability Dual Major?

The undergraduate Sustainability Dual Major provides an innovative pathway for emerging leaders to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be agents of change in a complex, ever-changing global environment. Students from any UNH college or major can pair the Sustainability Dual Major with the first major.  From local to global, you’ll learn to analyze, evaluate, critique, and create new ideas and models around sustainability. 

Why should I enroll?

As a cross-disciplinary field of study and practice, you’ll make connections across issues of science and ethics, policy and technology, and culture and history to better understand and take action on pressing issues of our time.

  • Study grand challenges in a flexible format
  • Apply your principles and passions to your academic work
  • Add value to your primary major
  • Work collaboratively across disciplines with students and faculty
  • Develop skills needed to create sustainability solutions in any profession
  • Prepare for a career in the expanding sustainability field
  • Hone your leadership abilities to help create a better world

Degree Requirements

SUST consists of 32 credits, including core and elective courses, and a capstone experience. 

Students are required to take three (3) SUST courses (in order)

Students must choose choose five elective courses to complete the remaining 20 credits for the dual major. Approved electives are posted below – and the list is still growing!  All SUST majors will take at least one elective from the natural & biological sciences list, and at least one from the social science and humanities list. 

Sustainability Dual Major Approved Electives (must take 5 courses)

Natural Biological Systems:
  • BIOL 541: General Ecology 

  • CIE 781: Green Building Design 

  • ECOG 401: Introduction to EcoGastronomy

  • ENE 797/CIE 896: Environmental Life Cycle Assessment 

  • ESCI 405: Global Environmental Change 
  • NR 435: Contemporary Conservation Issues & Environmental Awareness 
  • NR 502: Forest Ecosystems and Environmental Change 

  • NR 507: Introduction to Our Energy Grid

  • NR 650: Principles of Conservation Biology 
  • NR 703/803 Watershed Water Quality Management (WI)

  • NR 785/885: Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions

  • NUTR 595: Mediterranean Diet & Culture 

  • NUTR 730/830: From Seed to Sea 

  • SAFS 405: Sustainable & Organic Food Production 

  • SAFS 410: A Taste of the Tropics 

  • SAFS 502: Agroecology: Principles of Agroecosystem Science & Management 

  • SAFS 510: Agriculture and Development in the Neotropics

Social Systems & Humanities:
  • CLAS 540A: Sustaining Ancient Rome 
  • ECON 698: The Social Economy

  • ECON 706: Economics of Climate Change 

  • ENGL 747: Studies in American Poetry: Environmental Poetry
  • ENGL/AM Studies 521: The Nature Writers 
  • ENGL/WS 787: English Major Seminar: The Writer's Cabin 
  • EREC 444: New Pirates of the Caribbean 
  • GEOG 650: Field Methods in Geography 
  • GEOG 673: Political Ecology 
  • MGMT 798: Sustainable Business
  • MGMT 798/MGMT 598: Social Entrepreneurship
  • NR 701: Ecological Sustainability and Values
  • NR 784/884: Ecological Ethics and Values 

  • NR 787: Advanced Topics in Sustainable Energy 
  • PHIL 450: Environmental Ethics 
  • POLT 444: Politics and Policy in a Warming World 
  • POLT 547: Race and Justice in the Americas 
  • POLT 548: The Drug Wars: Views from the South and the North 
  • POLT 567: Politics of Global Resources
  • POLT 750/850: The Politics of Poverty 
  • POLT 751: Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy
  • POLT 780: International Environmental Politics, Policy and Law 

  • RMP 511: Issues of Wilderness & Nature in American Society 

  • SOC 444A: Society in the Arctic

  • SOC 565: Environment and Society 

  • SOC 665: Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 730/830: Communities & the Environment 

  • TOUR 767-RAM 867: Social Impact Assessment 

Contact

 

Dr. Vanessa Levesque - Assistant Director and Lecturer

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Dr. Levesque received her PhD in Ecology and Environmental Studies from the University of Maine as a research fellow with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Her teaching and research integrates knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines, with a particular interest in sustainability science, collaborative governance and institutional analysis. Dr. Levesque holds an MS in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont and a BA in Ecology and Evolution from Dartmouth College. 

In addition to her academic background, Dr. Levesque has worked in the field of environmental planning and policy at local, state and federal levels. She was the Natural Resources Planner for the Town of Brunswick, a planner for Maine’s Coastal Program, and a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow. She is a trained facilitator, has taught environmental education, and spent three years in Uganda as a Peace Corps volunteer.