Sustainability is so much more than recycling. It is the process of “maintaining change in a balanced fashion, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations(1).”
Undergraduate and Graduate Sustainability Courses at MU
The University of Missouri offers undergraduates 203 sustainability courses to choose from and over 1,000 courses that include sustainability content. For students interested in graduate school, the university offers a total of 138 sustainability courses and 754 courses that include sustainability content.
Students and potential students who are interested in learning more about sustainability courses can find class names and course descriptions in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Courses Inventory PDF here.
Sustainable agriculture involves practices that protect the environment, public health and animal welfare while still producing food, fiber and fuel that we rely on each and every day. By looking at areas such as soil health, plant health, water quality and agricultural policies, researchers and producers can work together to create the products we need without compromising the environment or society.
- Sustainable Agriculture – University of Missouri Extension Resources
- Agriculture with Emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture – University of Missouri Degree Program
- Sustainable Agriculture – Career Opportunities
Environmental sciences integrates physical, biological and information to the study of the environment. This field strives to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems. Scientists research topics such as earth processes, effects of global climate change, alternative energy systems and so much more.
- Environmental Sciences – Career Opportunities
- Environmental Sciences – University of Missouri Degree Program
- Certificate in Environmental Studies
- Office of Multidisciplinary Degrees – Environmental Studies
Human Environmental Sciences
Human environmental sciences helps address human needs to enhance an individual’s life. This can be achieved by conducting research, preparing professionals and providing outreach. The Family Impact Center and the Child Development Lab are just two of the many MU-affiliated examples of human environmental sciences in action.
- College of Human Environmental Sciences
- Family Impact Center
- Human Development and Family Science – Child Development Lab
Geography can explore environmental impacts, the complexities between the natural world and human behavior, and it can also focus in on understanding societal issues such as climate and vegetation change.
- Geography with an Emphasis in Physical and Environmental Geography – University of Missouri Degree Program
- Geography with an Emphasis in Human, Regional and Cultural Geography – University of Missouri Degree Program
Sustainable Energy and Policy
When looking at sustainable energy and policies, this focus is on renewable energy sources, sustainable practices in manufacturing and technology, as well as the impact of energy usage on our society, our economy and our environment.
- Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Energy and Policy
- Chemical Engineering with an Environmental Emphasis – University of Missouri Degree Program
Natural Resource Management
Natural resources such as water, air, plants and animals are vital to our survival. Natural resource management helps to create, manage and restore urban ecosystems in a sustainable fashion. Natural resource management can also help with conservation efforts of plant and animal species in forests, grasslands and streams.
- Natural Resource Science and Management – University of Missouri Degree Program
- What are Natural Resources – Conserve Energy Future