Dear Student,

New Interdisciplinary SUSTAINABILITY MINOR is available for you regardless of your major. Please read, because you may be already in the middle of the way to its successful completion. Obtaining this Minor will contribute to your future employment and productive meaningful life.



The Department of Natural Sciences offers new interdisciplinary Sustainability Minor to assist all Concordia students with obtaining relevant education in the critically important field of Sustainable Development and to relate it to their future profession. 


Sustainability Minor consists of 6 credits of required and 9 credits of elective courses (15 credits minimum total), including:


REQUIRED (6 credits):

BIO 212 (4) or SCI 112 (3)

One of: BIO 370 Field Biology (3), or BIO 411 Ecology (3), or BIO 421 Marine Biology (3)


ELECTIVES (9 credits):

BA 247 Business Data Analysis (3)

BA 457 Ethical Leadership (3)

ECN 203 Fundamentals of Economics (4)


BIO 101 Principles of Biology (3)

BIO 426 Evolution (3)

CHM 211 Inorganic Chemistry I (4)

SCI 110 Introduction to Science (3)


EDUG 230 Introduction to Equity (3)

EDUG 320 Systemic and Political Issues in Education (3)




ESS 225-NUTRITION (3 cr)


HSEM 301 – Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management (3)

HSEM 310 – Interest Integration (3)

HSEM 464 – Building Resilient Communities (3)


PSY 370 Community Psychology (3)

PSY 380 Global Perspectives on Psychology (3)


PSC 201 Intro to American Government (3)

PSC 365 Intro to International Relations (3)


REL 301 Missional and Practical Theology (3)

REL 302 Religion and Culture (3)


SCW 353 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (3)

SCW 354 Spiritual and Cultural Diversity (3)

Sustainability Minor has dual goal: 

1- To educate students about current state of affairs in the critically important field of Sustainable Development, providing capacity for future self-education about it; and 

2- To demonstrate that every profession can contribute productively to Sustainable Development; that students from any majors could benefit from choosing SM; and to prepare graduates to implement Sustainability approach within their professional fields.


General Comments

Sustainable Development (“Ability to meet needs of the present without compromising ability of future generations to meet their needs” – UN, 2015) is an important and meaningful goal to achieve. Today Sustainability component becomes a valuable addition to education and training for many professionals, and its importance is increasing exponentially in fast changing world. It is expected that proficiency in Sustainability will be one of the key factors determining employability of the workforce.

Vitally important attribute of the idea of Sustainability is its capacity to utilize any enthusiasm, skills and willingness to assist at any level, i.e. it actually can serve as an opportunity to implement personal talents and as a unifying theme for everybody.

It is essential that SM will provide at least two different levels of preparation slightly different in depth and approach, but both focused on the same idea of Sustainability as a comprehensive opportunity to be productive and useful when serving society in a meaningful way. First, suggested required courses, and some electives (as SCI-110), which already cover Sustainable Development as an integral part of their usual curriculum, will provide education about scientific foundation of Sustainability. Second, electives will help students to visualize (and to some degree to practice) establishing of connections between their career and Sustainable Development. These courses will provide examples of how Sustainability approach can be relevant to diverse topics within specific professions.

Both levels are synergistic, and different courses can be taken at different time without any specific order (it is recommended to fulfill required credits first).

This Minor appeals to all and any CU students regardless of their majors, will be added to the current offerings and will follow the same guidelines and procedures outlined in the catalog and handbooks.


UN Sustainability Goals

Intended date for implementation           Fall, 2020