Minor in Sustainability

Fall/Winter Online Courses 2020

ENSU 2P01: Introduction to Environmental Sustainability is being offered in Fall 2020, and ENSU 2P02: Environmental Sustainability is Practice is being offered in Winter 2021. Please check out the undergraduate timetable for more information on course availability.

Why study environmental sustainability?

Environmental Sustainability is a relatively new discipline that combines economics, social and environmental sciences. It seeks to protect the natural environment and ecological health, while maintaining or improving the quality of human life through development.

Society faces many complex issues such as climate change, resource depletion, and pollution that require integrated, innovative solutions and the consideration of multiple perspectives. Studying environmental sustainability provides an opportunity to develop environmental awareness and fundamental skills that today’s employers seek and society needs.

Why get a minor in environmental sustainability?

With a Minor in Environmental Sustainability, you will gain core skills necessary for problem-solving in the modern world as businesses and governments adhere to new environmental legislation, and society adapts to a changing world. You will have the opportunity to study sustainability issues from a transdisciplinary perspective, thinking outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline, and gain practical insight into how Canada and the world is moving forward to address these issues.

How do I get a minor in environmental sustainability?

Students in any discipline may obtain a Minor in Environmental Sustainability within their degree program by completing the following courses with a minimum 60 percent overall average:

  • ENSU 2P01: Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
  • ENSU 2P02: Environmental Sustainability in Practice
  • ENSU 3P90: Contemporary Environmental Issues
  • Any 2.5 credits from an approved list of courses in many disciplines (course list is available in the University Calendar)

Student Resources

The Minor in Environmental Sustainability compliments any Major given its interdisciplinary approach, and adds an important and relevant dimension to your area of study.

All inquiries about the Minor in Sustainability, including academic advising requests regarding minor requirements, can be forwarded to ensu@brocku.ca

Declaring a Minor in Sustainability

All students wishing to declare a Minor in Sustainability are required to fill in the form below. The form should be filled out and then sent to ensu@brocku.ca or via interoffice mail at Brock to Erin Daly, ESRC Coordinator.

Directed Readings Course

ENSU 3P95 is a directed readings course that is on the schedule each year. If you were interested in taking this course you will need to find a faculty member at Brock who is willing to supervise you one-on-one in this course. You would then develop an individualized course syllabus with that faculty member and complete the course (fill in attached form). The individualized nature of this course is the reason there are no dates/times listed on the schedule. You are required to send this form to the ensu@brocku.ca at least 1.5 months prior to the start of the semester for final approval.

Leadership in Environmental Sustainability Internship

ENSU 3P91 is an internship course that allows students to pursue a specific project and/or last under the guidance of the ESRC Centre Administrator and a community partner. This course allows students a hands on experience working in the field with a specific community partner organization on a specific project or task related to environmental sustainability. Students must fill in the form below and submit it to ensu@brocku.ca, along with a current copy of their resume and/or CV no later than one month prior to the start of a semester. This course will be highly competitive and only 2 to 3 spaces will be available per semester.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Students are not permitted to use their major credits towards the ENSU minor, as outlined in the Academic Regulations and University Policies (https://brocku.ca/webcal/current/undergrad/areg.html): “Students wishing to obtain a minor, within a degree program, may not use the same course(s) to satisfy both the major requirement and the minor requirement.”