The Environment & Sustainability Minor is an undergraduate minor offering interdisciplinary coursework and investigations into the real-world challenges facing people and the planet.
Why should I consider the Environment & Sustainability Minor? Because…
Who can enroll in the Environment & Sustainability Minor?
Any MIT undergraduate, in any major.
The E&S Minor combines two core required classes with three to four electives from a diverse menu of more than 100 other subjects. The required classes, titled “People and the Planet,” give all students in the Minor a common language and toolkit for understanding sustainability, across the fields of history, engineering, governance and science. Electives in the Minor let students approach their environmental studies through those areas of greatest relevance to their majors and future careers, exploring topics in depth or gaining a broad understanding of an environmental theme or approach to sustainability.
Students must take 21 units from two core subjects:
If a core subject is not offered in a particular semester, or if a student is unable to enroll, other classes may occasionally be substituted for these requirements. If you are struggling to fit these classes into your schedule, please contact Sarah Meyers to discuss possible substitutes.
* NOTE: The spring semester core subject “People and the Planet: Environmental Histories and Engineering” will not be offered in the 2019-2020 academic year. Students minoring in Environment & Sustainability may substitute any of the following classes for this requirement:
Students must take a minimum of 36 units from elective subjects (generally 3 or 4 subjects).
Pick from 110+ electives across 17 different departments (including D-Lab and Terrascope, with many CI-H options). Search the full list of electives in the Environment and Sustainability Minor here. Please note that not all electives in the minor are offered every academic year.
In addition to the listed subjects, students may be able to count additional environment and sustainability-related classes toward the minor, including IAP classes. Please contact Sarah Meyers to discuss the eligibility of any relevant courses that are not listed above.
A minimum of four subjects (or 48 units) taken for the Environment and Sustainability Minor cannot also count toward a student’s major or other minor. In other words, only one subject that counts toward a student’s major or other minor degree may also count toward the E&S Minor elective requirement. In addition, only one Terrascope subject can be counted toward the E&S Minor.
To apply for the Environment & Sustainability Minor, complete the following steps:
While students can apply for the Minor at any time before their final semester, we recommend that you do so early in your career at MIT to make the most of the E&S Minor program.
In addition to fulfilling the subject and application requirements above, students must complete the following steps before the 3rd week of their final semester (the semester after which they’ll receive an S.B. degree) – in February for students who graduate in June.
Email the Environmental Solutions Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org