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School of Engineering and Computer Science
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Minor in Sustainability

Sustainability requires that short and long-term social, economic, and environmental impacts of products and processes be considered.  With globalization of the world's economies, continuing challenges with depletion of resources and increased global pollution, the well-being of society will require application of the principles of sustainability.  The Minor in Sustainability is suggested for students who desire an understanding of sustainability or those who anticipate working for trans-national or development organizations.  The interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability is open to students of all majors.

Minor in Sustainability Requirements

In order to earn a minor in sustainability, students must complete a minimum of 20 units with a Pacific minor grade point average of 2.0. Students must complete at least one course from each of categories A, B, and C:

A.             Technology
CIVL 171  Water and Environmental Policy 3
CIVL 173  Sustainable Engineering 3
EMGT 176 Systems Engineering Management 4
MECH 155 Solar energy Engineering 4
B. Economics and Society




ECON 071 Global Economic Issues 4
ECON 157 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 4
GEOS 103 Global Change 4
INTL 077 Contemporary World Issues 4
INTL 165  Development, Modernization, and Cultural Change
INTL 174 Global Environmental Policy 4
C. Environment and Ethics




BIOL 035 Environment:  Concepts and Issues 4
BUSI 053 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business  I-B 4
ENGL 126 Literature and the Environment-Diversity, III-C 4
GEOS 043 Environmental Science for the Informed Citizen  III-C 4
GEOS 045 Soil, Water, and War  III-C 4
PHIL 035 Environmental Ethics  II-B 4
SOCI 111 Environment and Society - Diversity, III-B 4















D.   Sustainability Research and Practice (optional) 
Engineering Synthesis, Senior Project/Thesis, Senior Design, undergraduate research, internship, or independent study related to sustainability may be used to provide up to four additional units (1-4).  For details on the Minor in Sustainability or for more information, please contact Dr. Camilla Saviz (, 209-946-3077.