Environmental Sustainability

Department of Natural Sciences

As a Minor

The Department of Natural Sciences, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Zicklin School of Business offer a joint interdisciplinary program in environmental sustainability. This minor is suitable for both business and liberal arts students who have an interest in developing a critical understanding of interactions between human society and the broader global ecosystem. The program emphasizes economic, legal, and philosophical issues of environmental sustainability.

The prerequisite to this minor is completion of one of the following options: 1) ENV 1020; or 2) ENV 1003L and ENV 1004; or 3) BIO 1003; or 4) BIO 1015 and BIO 1016; or 5) BIO 3001.

To complete the minor in environmental sustainability (11--12 credits) students must take one course at the 3000-level or above in environmental studies (ENV) offered by the Department of Natural Sciences, any other course from the electives listed below, and a required capstone course (ENV 4005 or 4900).

Program Prerequisite:

ENV 1020 Principles of Ecology 4 credits
ENV 1003L Fundamentals of Ecology 3 credits
ENV 1004 Fundamentals of Ecological Research 3 credits
BIO 1003 Survey of the Living World 4 credits
BIO 1015L Fundamentals of Biology - Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology 3 credits
BIO 1016 Fundamentals of Biology - Laboratory Research in Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology 3 credits
BIO 3001 Principles of Biology II 4.5 credits


Required Capstone Course:

ENV 4005 Ecosystem Sustainability 4 credits


ENV 4900 Topics in Environmental Science 4 credits



BIO 3009 Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development (ENV 3009) 4.5 credits
BIO 3016 Environmental Modeling (ENV 3016) 4 credits
BIO 3020 Biology of Invertebrates 4 credits
BIO 3040 Plants in Action 4 credits
BIO 3050 Freshwater Ecology (ENV 3050) 4 credits
CIS 3700 Green IT 3 credits
ENV 3001 Introduction to Environmental Science 4 credits
ENV 3002 Energy Conservation 4 credits
ENV 3003 Human Conservation 4 credits
ENV 3005 Economic and Legal Aspects of Ecology 4 credits
ENV 3008 Air and Water Pollution 4 credits
ENV 3015/ENV 3015 Tropical Reef Ecology (Lecture and Lab) 4 credits
ECO 3511 Contemporary Economic Development 3 credits
GEOG 3009 Introduction to Human Geography (ANT 3009) 3 credits
GEOG 3036 World Regional Geography (ANT 3036) 3 credits
JRN 3800 Environmental Reporting 3 credits
LAW 3122 Law and the Environment 3 credits
LAW 3400 Law, Business and Sustainability 3 credits
PAF 3442 The Environment, Political Choices, and Public Policy 3 credits
PHI 3200 Environmental Ethics 3 credits
POL 3317 The Politics of Energy and the Environment 3 credits
PSY 3185 Environmental Psychology 3 credits



Department of Natural Sciences, 646-660-6200
Professor Chester Zarnoch, 646-660-6239 (Environmental Science)

The City University of New York