Sustainability Minor

Step into an important and growing field of study with an interdisciplinary minor in sustainability.

Our sustainability minor calls students to understand the physical, social, and ethical dimensions of environmental sustainability, from the local level to the global. Building on that foundation, we challenge our students to actively work together to collectively prioritize our environment for present and future generations.

Learn About Our Minor in Sustainability

Student Experience

As a Loras student, you have the opportunity to enhance your educational experience by adding one or more minors. We encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, engage in community outreach, explore internships and get involved in the many student and academic organizations available.

Curriculum

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Below is a sampling of courses for this minor

Politics of Global Sustainability
Course description TBA.

Chemistry of Environmental Sustainability
The availability of clean water and energy are critical to our quality of life. This course will deal with the chemistry involved with water, water pollution, and water purification. Students will collect water from various sources and test them for various contaminants. The advantages and disadvantages of various sources of energy (fossil, nuclear, fuel cell, hydrogen, etc.) will also be discussed.

Nature of Nature in Ireland (this is only one of many elective courses available for this minor)
This course examines the intersection of the Irish people and landscape throughout history through creative nonfiction accounts and through informative readings and discussions about mythology, history,  archaeology, and geology. Topics include the Neolithic, Celtic, and early Christian Irish people’s interactions with nature, and the impact of British colonial occupation and modern commercialism on the landscape. A final project has students write about place in their own local landscapes..

Minor Requirements

Requirements for minor in Sustainability:

Req

Course

Cr’s

Select two from Req. 1

1

L.ENG-241: Mississippi River: Lore & Legacy-EC

3

1

L.POL-251: Politics of Global Sustainability-EI

3

1

L.CHE-263: Chemistry of Environmental Sustainability-ES

4

Select three from Req. 2

2

L.BIO-259: Issues in Environmental Biology-ES

4

2

L.BIO-280: Sustainable India

3

2

L.EXP-273: The Sustainable Community

3

2

L.PHI-313: Environmental Ethics

3

2

L.ENG-240: Nature of Nature in Ireland-EC

3

2

L.ENG-380: Nature Writing

3

2

L.BIO-375: Conservation Biology

4

2

Course from Req. 1 not used above

3-4

3

L.PHI-345: Sustainability Ethics-VX

3

18-21 total credits required

 

Supporting Your Investment

Loras takes great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We have scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to earn my Loras degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

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How do I apply for financial aid?

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