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Minor in Water Sustainability


Water is a global resource and water security is crucial. Sustainable water management has profound implications for a variety of sectors, including:

  • Agriculture and food security
  • Energy
  • Economic development
  • Public health
  • Ecosystem services

Additionally, how we interact with water affects the health of other species, ecological communities, and entire ecosystems. Understanding water from diverse perspectives is critical to the future management of this essential resource.

The water sustainability minor at Illinois State prepares you to address the complex problems that threaten water security through an interdisciplinary lens.

How to Apply

Application Information

Minors can only be declared by current Illinois State students. Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Application Period

Applications are always accepted.

Minor Requirements

  • 18 total credit hours
  • Required Course:  GEO/POL/SOC 103 (3 credits)
  • Electives:  Take 15 additional credit hours of electives (5 courses) from the following:

(No more than 6 hours can come from any one department and no more than 9 hours can come from the major.)

– AGR 201
– AGR 203
– AGR 225
– AGR 234
– ANT 273
– BSC 196
– BSC 201

– BSC 202
– BSC 311
– BSC 375
– BSC 376
– COM274
– ECO 255
– GEO 100

– GEO 205
– GEO 207
– GEO 211
– GEO 276
– GEO 314
– GEO 317
– GEO 318

– GEO 319
– GEO 341
– GEO 360
– GEO 361
– GEO 382
– HSC 252
– PHI 236

– PHI 250
– PHI 310
– PHY 207
– POL 236
– SOC 330

The official curriculum for the Water Sustainability minor will be in the 2021-22 academic catalog. For advising questions, please contact Ryan Gray

The Minor in Water Sustainability is part of the Center for a Sustainable Water Future. The center serves to increase educational opportunities and support instruction that focuses on a water theme across campus.

Why study Water Sustainability?

Housed in the Center for a Sustainable Water Future, the water sustainability minor gives you valuable and engaging experiences across a diversity of departments. You’ll explore all the complexities of the water sustainability field from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, highlighting how these all play a role in future policy and management decisions.

You will have opportunities to meet and learn from professionals whose work focuses on water. You can also participate in activities and experiences that extend beyond the campus boundaries. This will help you learn in deeper and more meaningful ways and enrich your classroom experience.

Water sustainability is an interdisciplinary program. This means you get to take classes in a variety of different fields and have opportunities to select classes that complement your major. This also helps you pursue your personal career goals.

The flexibility built into the water sustainability minor makes it feasible to combine it with a variety of different majors.

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