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New Sustainability Minor Offered at Kent State

Posted Dec. 2, 2013

Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology introduced a sustainability minor to undergraduate students at the beginning of the Fall 2013 Semester. The new minor in sustainability, according to Kent State’s website, gives “students a basic understanding of sustainability and allows them to address a specific area within sustainability.”

The minor has one required course in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, and elective course options in 12 departments. Many of the elective courses are Kent Core requirements.

“Sustainability is multidisciplinary by nature,” says Cathy DuBois, chair of the academic program subcommittee of the Sustainability Task Force. “It is a team sport, because in order to do it well, you have to pull people from different disciplines. That’s why the sustainability minor involves so many degree programs.”

DuBois says the minor will undergo changes and updates to accommodate the fast-changing field of study.

Full-time faculty members may submit proposals for courses they think should be integrated into the sustainability minor. The 2013 summer Sustainability Enhancement Grant will provide money toward the development of courses for the minor.

“I think that sustainability is an important field of education and is a great asset to any degree,” says Daniel Dobrilovic, senior technology major minoring in sustainability. “Any time we can save our natural resources, the planet will be a better place for all.”

Roberto M. Uribe, coordinator of the minor and professor in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, says the knowledge of sustainability is a high priority for many academic programs.

“Many departments in the university deal with sustainability,” says Uribe. “I encourage students to talk to faculty in their departments and find out how they are involved in sustainability.”

For more information about the sustainability minor, visit www.kent.edu/catalog/2013/AT/minors/SUST.