Check out the Sustainability Minor!

Montana Energy Policy (PSCI 491 - Special Topics) - a 12 week, 1-credit special topics course that integrates perspectives from political science, business, economics, and environmental science to explore the forces that shape Montana’s energy policies. Students will learn about the institutions in place that govern energy policy in the state, as well as regional, national, and international factors that contribute to a shifting energy policy landscape. To evaluate the future of energy policy in the state, it is essential to understand these diverse perspectives and the foundations of policy development in Montana.

Trans-Mississippi West (HSTA 464) - A vast region of stunning beauty and amazing cultural richness, the American West today is undergoing rapid social, environmental, and economic change. Join Dr. Mark Fiege, the Wallace Stegner Chair in Western American Studies, for an unparalleled exploration of the historic forces and events, global, national, and local, that made--and now threaten to unmake--this distinctive land.

Sustainable Urban Development (LS 411) This course will investigate the theory, politics, ethics, and practice of sustainable urban design. As environmental degradation and urban sprawl continue to affect our cities, our communities, and our health, it is ever more important that responsible citizens be knowledgeable about the intersections of urban development and nature. 

Sustainable Business Practices and the Natural Environment (BGMT 491) - offers a 3-week educational and cultural experience as you explore New Zealand and the commercial center of Sydney, Australia.  The course is open for all majors, led by Montana State University faculty, Martha Joh Reeder, MBA,  from the JJCBE. This 4-credit course includes an introduction workshop toward the end of Spring semester followed by a 3-week study abroad experience. LIMITED SPACE.  Apply by January 15, 2019. Early applicants considered first. This cross-discipline course focuses on sustainable practices - the relationships between people, business and the natural environment. Students will have the chance to visit some extraordinary natural environments, study the sustainable use of local resources, explore perspectives and actions of entrepreneurs, government, and community, and consider the different cultures that make up modern New Zealand and Australia.  For more information, contact Martha Joh Reeder at


                                                  Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences                                                    The LRES Department brings together multiple disciplines to achieve an integrated approach to understanding land  resources and the myriad processes that occur in natural and managed landscapes.

Sustainable Foods and Bioenergy Systems Degree Program
The Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS) interdisciplinary degree program promotes sustainable  production, distribution and consumption of food and bioenergy by growing a new generation of leaders through  collaborative learning and hands-on experience.

Liberal Studies – Environmental Studies Option
An option designed for students interested in developing a broad understanding of environmental issues from  scientific and public policy perspectives.

                                                                    Liberal Studies – Sustainability Minor                                                                      The new sustainability minor program at MSU will be available to all students through the Liberal Studies Department  as of Fall semester 2018. This program integrates the three pillars of sustainability, requiring students to take credits  from courses in social, economic, and environmental sustainability as well as classes on the history and contemporary  issues of sustainability.

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