New undergraduate minor in sustainability now available at Ohio State

college student for GBOhio State undergraduate students can now complement their major program of study with a focus on sustainability through enrollment in the new Ohio State minor in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS).

The EEDS minor offers students a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the human, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability — often referred to as people, planet and profit.

Through enrollment in the EEDS minor, students learn sustainability concepts to complement their work in their major program of study. The EEDS minor curriculum is comprised of core courses from the EEDS major and includes a range of courses that can be selected by students to count toward the minor degree. These courses are designed to provide a foundation in sustainability concepts and theory related to economics, business, sociology, and community and international development. Fifteen semester hours are required for the minor.

EEDS is a joint program between Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE). Students enrolled in the minor take classes with faculty working in both areas. The school and the department are both part of CFAES.

“Sustainability is a critical operational and strategic matter for nearly all businesses, governments and social enterprises. No matter what major or career path a student has chosen, his or her ability to compete in the job market will be enhanced by a basic knowledge of sustainability — the EEDS minor is designed to provide that knowledge” noted Neil Drobny, EEDS program director.

Students interested in enrolling in the EEDS minor should contact Dr. Drobny at or 614-268-6100.

The announcement of the EEDS minor follows the very successful launch of the EEDS major at Ohio State during the Autumn 2012 semester. The EEDS major is one of the fastest-growing undergraduate majors at Ohio State.

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