New Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability Now Available at Ohio State

Sep. 23, 2013

Ohio 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 multi-disciplinary 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 towards 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. A total of 15 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.

“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 Dr. 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.

September 23, 2013