Sustainability (Minor)

Illinois Tech offers the Minor in Sustainability to prepare students who want to take on the tremendous challenges facing our world, including climate change, environmental pollution, natural resource depletion, biodiversity loss, poverty, hunger, and gender inequality. The Minor in Sustainability supplements existing programs to provide students with a broad understanding of the principles of sustainability and the tools and techniques used to assess and mitigate issues in economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Students will have the opportunity to take courses through Armour College of Engineering, Lewis College of Science and Letters, Stuart School of Business, and the College of Computing. Coursework covers a range of topics including earth and environmental science; environmental politics, policy, and law; sustainable food systems; sustainable power systems; and sustainable facilities operations.

The sustainability minor provides students from all majors with complementary expertise in sustainability issues and solutions.

Program Overview

This minor provides students with a broad understanding of the role of sustainability in the twenty-first century, including the social, political, and technical dimensions of sustainability.

The Minor in Sustainability consists of at least five courses (minimum of 15 credit hours). Three required courses (9 hours) introduce students to the social, political, and technical dimensions of sustainability. Two elective courses (6 hours) allow students to focus on sustainability application areas of their choice while taking courses that are consistent with their level of preparation in their major degree program. 

Contact Brent Stephens for more information.

Required Courses

ENVE 201 Earth and Environmental Science 3
PS 329 Environmental Politics/Policy 3
or PS 338

Energy Policy

FDSN 314 Sustainable Food Systems 3
or EMS 504

Industrial Ecology

Select a minimum of two courses from the following:

ARCH 421 Basics of Building Simulation in the Built Environment I 3
ARCH 422 Basics of Building Simulation in the Built Environment II 3
ARCH 460 Integrated Building Delivery Practice/BIM 3
ARCH 462 Planning Law and Land Policy 3
CAE 331 Building Science 3
CAE 465 Building Energy Conservation Technologies 3
CAE 556 Net Zero Energy Building Design I 3
CAE 557 Net Zero Energy Building Design II 3
CHE 543 Energy, Environment, and Economics 3
CHEM 410 Science of Climate Change 3
ECE 412 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Drives 4
ECE 418 Power System Analysis 3
ECE 548 Energy Harvesting 3
ECE 580 Elements of Sustainable Energy 3
EMS 501 Environmental Policy 3
EMS 502 Environmental Law 3
EMS 503 Environmental Pollution Control 3
EMS 504 Industrial Ecology 3
EMS 541 Sustainable Energy Systems 3
ENVE 401 Introduction to Water Resource 3
ENVE 402 Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design 3
ENVE 403 Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety 3
ENVE 404 Water and Wastewater Engineering 3
ENVE 463 Introduction to Air Pollution Control 3
FDSN 410 Food Plant Operations 3
INTM 416 Integrated Facilities Management 3
INTM 423 Sustainable Facilities Operations 3
INTM 459 Issues in Industrial Sustainability 3
INTM 461 Energy Options for Industry 3
INTM 462 Special Topics Sustainability 3
MMAE 522 Nuclear, Fossil-Fuel, and Sustainable Energy Systems 3
MMAE 524 Fundamentals of Combustion 3

Total Credit Hours


Interested in declaring a minor? Talk with your academic adviser or Academic Affairs to plan out your course schedule and fill out the Minor Request Form.

Featured Faculty

Weslynne Ashton
Associate Professor Faculty Affiliate, Armour College of Engineering
Britt Freeman
Professor, Food Science and Nutrition Chair, Department of Food Science and Nutrition Director, Center for Nutrition Research
Matthew Shapiro
Professor of Political Science
Brent Stephens
Department Chair Arthur W. Hill Endowed Chair in Sustainability Professor of Architectural Engineering Director of Architectural Engineering Director of Environmental Engineering
Photo of Mohammad Heidarinejad
Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering
David Lampert
Assistant Professor
Edoarda Corradi Dell Acqua
Senior Lecturer of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering