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Environmental Sustainability

Degree Type:
Mode of Study:
On Campus

The minor in environmental sustainability provides students the opportunity to explore sustainable development, climate justice and global warming, business sustainability, environmental policy and law, community socio-ecological resilience, and related issues from a variety of academic fields. Resilience refers to the ability of societies and communities to effectively respond to short-term and long-term changes in the environment.

Common Career Paths

Some of the top jobs for those with an Environmental Sustainability educational background include environmental scientist, environmental geologist, ecologist, urban planner, landscape architect, and so much more.

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with an Environmental Sustainability educational background. But, Indeed reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) nationally in 2023:

  • Environmental scientist: $60,097
  • Environmental geologist: $60,743
  • Ecologist: $65,727
  • Urban planner: $66,284
  • Landscape architect: $71,745

Average Tuition Cost

The average cost for an incoming residential freshman to attend MU is less than $18,000 – similar to the cost of attending one of the big-box public schools, but with the enhanced value of a highly-regarded private school with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

While tuition varies, depending on a student’s financial aid package, it’s important to know that the average financial award for an incoming residential freshman at MU is more than $34,000.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

More than 97% of MU students receive some form of financial aid, with the University offering more than $24 million annually to students for scholarships. If a student is active military, family of active military, or a veteran, they may also qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

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The minor in Environmental Sustainability consists of 19-20 credits, distributed as follows:

Required Courses

16 credits

BIO 3310 Conservation Biology (3) LAW 2500 Environmental Regulations I (3)
ENM 1010 Environmental Science (3) SOC 2400 Environmental Justice (3)
GSC 1600 Physical Geology (4)  

Elective Course

3-4 credits

Select one course from the following list:

BIO 3120 General Ecology (4) GSC 2000 Physical Oceanography and Meteorology (4)
CHE 2300 Basic Environmental Chemistry (4) GSC 2100 Introduction to Geographical Information System (3)
ENM 2100 Introduction to Natural Resource Management (3)  


Denise Bauer, Ph.D.

Head, Division of Engineering & Environmental Studies; Founding Director, Chair & Professor of Engineering
Dr. Denise Bauer