Sustainability Co-major

Combined MEn Program

The combined Master of Environmental Science program allows students to complete an M.En. degree with 1 year of additional study beyond the bachelor's degree, and is available to qualified, tuition-paying students with an undergraduate Co-major in Energy, Environmental Science, or Sustainability at Miami University.

The Sustainability Co-major emphasizes human-nature interaction in understanding environmental patterns and processes. Students are prepared to pursue a wide variety of career paths and post-graduate degrees in sustainability, especially those with design, management, and policy specializations.

The Sustainability Co-major complements the primary major, which provides significant depth and breadth in an academic discipline.

Program Requirements

The Sustainability Co-major requires 38-48 semester hours, distributed as listed below. Depending on your major, some of these credits may also count toward your primary major.

  1. Major
  2. Required Introductory Experience (3 hours)
  3. Foundations to Sustainability (10 hours)
    • Ecological Dimensions
    • Physical Dimensions
    • Social Dimensions
  4. Integrative Perspectives (21-22 hours)
    • Natural Resources & Ecosystems
    • Social Systems and Human Landscape
    • Environmental Measures and Metrics
  5. Required Project-Based Synthesis (3 hours)

Major

Students must complete a major in one of the divisions of the university.

Required Introductory Experience

Take this course:

IES 274 - Introduction to Sustainability (3)

Foundations to Sustainability

Ecological Dimensions

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
BIO 131 Plants, Humanity, and Environment 3
BIO 121 Environmental Biology 3
BIO 176 Ecology of North America 3

Physical Dimensions

Take 1 of these:

Course Title Hours
GEO 121 Earth's Physical Environment 4
GLG 121
and
GLG 115.L
Environmental Geology

Understanding the Earth

3

1
GEO 122 Geographic Perspectives on the Environment 3

Social Dimensions

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
ARC 188 Ideas of Western Architecture 3
ATH 175 Peoples of the World
3
ECO 131 Economic Perspectives on Inequality in America 3
ECO 201 Principles of Micro-Economics 3
GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity 3
POL 261 Public Administration 4

Integrative Perspectives

Natural Resources & Ecosystems

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere 4
BIO 206 Evolutionary Biology
3
BIO 209 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
GEO 271 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation 3

Take 2 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
BIO/MBI 333 Field Ecology 3
BIO/GEO 431 Global Plant Diversity 3
BIO/GEO 432 Ecoregions of North America 3
BIO 351 Environmental Education: Focus on Natural History 4
BIO 467 Conservation Biology 3
BIO 401 Plant Ecology 3
BIO 462 Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment 4
BIO 463 Limnology 4
CHM 491 Chemistry in Societal Issues 3
GEO 333 Geography of Natural Disasters 3
GEO 421 Climatology 3
GEO 425 Hydrogeography 3
GEO 428 Soil Geography 3
GLG 307 Water and Society 3
GLG 335 Ice Age Earth 3
GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology 4
GLG 428 Hydrogeological Modeling:
Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport and Fate
4
GLG 482 Contaminant Hydrogeology 4

A workshop or one-time seminar on sustainability may be substituted with permission of advisor.

Social Systems and Human Landscape

Take 1 of these courses:

IES/BUS 494 - Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business (3)
GEO 454 - Urban Geography (3)

Take 2 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
ARC 406B Energy and Sustainability 3
ARC 406C Sustainable Design 3
ARC 413 Environmental Systems I 3
ATH 471 Ecological Anthropology 3
BWS 495 Modern African Environmental History 3
ECO 406 Environmental Economics 3
GEO 401 Sustainable Regions 3
GEO 451 Urban and Regional Planning 3
HST 397 American Environmental History 3
HST/LAS 437 Latin American Environmental History 3
IES 414 Latin American Environmental Affairs 3
IES 431 Principles & Applications of Environmental Science 3
IES 450 Environmental Law 3
PHL 376 Environmental Philosophy 4
POL 362 Public Management, Leadership, and Administrative Politics 3
POL 363 Administrative Law 3
POL 468 Public Personnel Administration 3
SJS/IES 419/519 Environment, Society & Justice 3
WGS/GEO 406 Indigenous Peoples and Their Sacred Lands 3
WGS/GEO 436 Women, Gender, and the Environment 3

A workshop or one-time seminar on sustainability may be substituted with permission of advisor.

Environmental Measures and Metrics

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
GEO 441 Geographic Information Systems 3
GEO 444 GIScience Techniques in Landscape Ecology 3
IES 411 Environmental Measurements 4
ISA 205 Business Statistics 4
STA 261 Statistics 4
STA 301 Applied Statistics 3
STA 475 Data Analysis Practicum 3

Required Project-Based Synthesis

Take this course:

IES 474 - Sustainability in Practice (3)