Minor in Earth, Environment, and Global Sustainability

Our earth’s environmental challenges, including extraction and consumption of natural resources, waste management, energy and water use, and global climate change will provide society, governments, and businesses with major challenges and opportunities for the foreseeable future. The Earth, Environment, and Global Sustainability minor provides students with a background and global perspective for understanding some of the environmental challenges facing humanity.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
Select four of the following (must be in addition to the 4-credit NASC requirement in the general education core) and at least three must be designated as NASE/C:12
Green Biology: Ecological and Botanical Connections
Chemistry of Sustainable Products
Environmental Chemistry
Principles of Geology
Energy and The Environment
Ecology: Principles and Applications
Coastal Biology of Cape Cod
Human Health and Disease in Today's World
Economic Botany
Global Health Challenges
Water Quality
Coastal Geology of Cape Cod
Oceanography
Water and the Environment
Global Climate Change
Weather and Climate
Energy Alternatives
Industrial Ecology
Science of Sustainability
Science of Environmental Policy
Only one of the following may be counted toward the minor:
Experimental Course in NS (if appropriate topic)
Environmental Psychology
American Environmental History
Environmental Economics
Environmental Law

Policies Related to Minors

  • Some major/minor combinations are prohibited. See the major/minor exclusions list for more information.
  • Courses taken to fulfill a minor can be applied as business-related electives, arts and sciences electives, unrestricted electives, the humanities/social science elective or the mathematics/natural sciences elective.
  • The electives guide defines all classes as either arts and sciences or business. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain an awareness of where courses taken for a minor apply to their degree requirements.
  • Courses fulfilling General Education requirements (except the humanities/social science elective and the math/natural science elective) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Courses used to fulfill the modern language requirement for BA students cannot be applied to a minor.
  • Courses fulfilling Business Core requirements may not be applied to a minor (except for the Business Studies Minor).  
  • A course taken under the Pass/Fail/D policy may be applied to the minor.
  • Major courses (including courses applied to the Liberal Studies Major or Business Studies Major) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Students may apply only one course (from sources such as transfer, IB or AP) not taken at Bentley or as part of a Bentley-approved study abroad program to the minor.
  • Students may only complete a maximum of two minors.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the minor.