Minor Area of Specialization in Sustainable Business  (People & Society)

The 12-credit-hour minor in Sustainable Business is available to both Business and non-Business students alike.  Interdisciplinary in nature, the coursework will provide students with an introduction to the business concepts of sustainability, followed by additional perspectives from the science/technical and policy/social issues fields. It concludes with an integrative, experiential, project-based capstone course that requires students to apply their knowledge to pressing current business problems. 

Interested students should consult with an academic advisor in the School or College of their degree/major to declare the minor in Sustainable Business. 

Curriculum Requirements

Required Courses 16
Intro to Corporate Sustainability
Introduction to Corporate Sustainability
Multidisciplinary Action Projects (Capstone course)
Sustainability Science/Technical Courses (Choose one): 1, 23
Environmental Building Systems I
Environmental Building Systems II
Introduction to Ecology
Environmental Quality Control
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Introduction to the Earth's Ecosystem
Ecological Principles and Environmental Applications
Environment Assessment
Conservation in Practice (taught in the Galapagos)
Reef Coral Biology, Ecology, and Conservation
Oceans and Human Health (permission of instructor required)
Life in the Sea
Environmental Oceanography
Sustainability Policy/Social Issues Courses (Choose one - check for pre-requisites): 1, 23
Black Leadership in the U.S.
Anthropology of Nature and Environment
Public Economics
Environmental Economics
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Perspectives on Environmental Decision Making
Sustainable Living
Ecology and Land Use in the Galapagos
Environmental Ethics
Global Food: A Hands-On Approach
Sustainable Development
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Gender, Race, and Class
Mental Illness, Gender, and Psychiatry
Special Topics in Journalism and Media Management (Sustainable and Social Media Management)
Climate and Global Change
Coastal Law
Environmental Politics and Policy
Global Energy Politics
Environmental Policy Making
Social Inequalities
Business and Society
Total Credit Hours12

No course may double count in any other major, minor, or cognate. 

All specific coursework for the minor area of specialization in Sustainable Business must be completed with a grade of “C-” or higher.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for all specific coursework taken in the minor area of specialization. All courses must be taken within the current pre-requisite structure.


Many other relevant upper level courses with prerequisites, and Special Topics courses may be available at or offered by other UM Schools and Colleges.  These may be approved to satisfy the appropriate "Science/Technical" or "Policy/Social Issues" course requirement, after consultation with the academic advisor.