Minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability



The Minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS) seeks to provide students with interdisciplinary training to enable engagement with some of the most pressing social, ecological, and technological challenges of the 21st century. The ESS Minor is designed to complement the education that comprises a Major course of study and to enable all academic programs to add an ESS component. Several departments at NJIT deliver courses that contribute to the ESS Minor. The ESS Minor aims to provide students interested in environmental studies and sustainability with a centralized advising destination.


The ESS Minor entails successful completion of five approved courses (15 credits) at the 300-level or higher. Students enrolling in the minor are expected to have a GPA of at least 3.0. Course substitutions can be made only with the approval of the advisor for the ESS Minor.

Customized course sequences have been developed for students in specific degree programs (see below). Students with other Majors can formulate a program of study in collaboration with the Coordinator of the ESS Minor.

Students interested in the ESS Minor should contact:

Professor Maurie Cohen
Office: Cullimore 427
Telephone: (973) 596-5281

ESS Minor for Students Majoring in a Degree Program Offered by the College of Architecture and Design (COAD)

  • ARCH 327 (Environmental Control Systems II)
  • STS 363 (Introduction to Sustainability Studies)
  • STS 364 (Sustainability Policy and Practice)

Two courses from the list below:

  • ARCH 483 (Reuse and Renewal)
  • ARCH 538 (Sustainable Architecture)
  • ARCH 546 (Design and Optimization of the Building Envelope)
  • ARCH 583 (Sustainability Elective)
  • Other 400-, 500-. or 600-level ARCH-designated course with the permission of the Program Director

ESS Minor for Students Majoring in Chemical Engineering (ChE)

  • ChE 312 (Chemical Process Safety)
  • STS 363 (Introduction to Sustainability Studies)

In addition, ChE students will need to complete three other courses selected from list below:

  • STS 364 (Sustainability Policy and Practice)
  • CHEM 360 (Environmental Chemistry I)
  • CHEM 361 (Environmental Chemistry II)
  • CHEM 365 (Environmental Organic Chemistry)
  • EVSC 325 (Energy and Environment)
  • EVSC 335 (Environmental Law)
  • EVSC 375 (Environmental Biology)
  • EVSC 385 (Environmental Microbiology)
  • EVSC 416 (Environmental Toxicology)
  • EVSC 484 (Environmental Analysis)
  • EnE 360 (Water and Waste Water Engineering)
  • EnE 361 (Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering)