Minor in Environmental Sustainability

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We live in a time of rapid environmental change. Environmental sustainability involves securing the natural resources that we depend upon for our existence, but also ensuring a safe and healthy living environment for a growing human population. At all levels of society, there is an increasing awareness that the decisions we make today are investments in the kind of future we want to create. Whether you are a future government official, innovator, leader in business, engineering, science or education, the Minor in Environmental Sustainability has been developed to give you a scientific background understanding to the environmental challenges we face today, in Singapore and the world. What does sustainable management of land and water really mean? How does climate change work? What makes an ecosystem resilient to environmental stress? How does sea level rise work and how will it affect Singapore? Excellent, highly accomplished teachers from the Asian School of the Environment will challenge and inspire you to see sustainable future solutions, balancing the needs of humans with our impact on the natural environment.

The Minor in Environmental Sustainability is designed to offer students from all major programmes at NTU the most up to date scientific background to the environmental challenges that will shape our future. Get to know your planet with this solid base in environmental sustainability, including:

  • The relationship between humans and the natural world
  • Availability and management of natural resources
  • Interactions and feedbacks between the main parts of the earth system.
  • The elements that influence earth’s climate system
  • How individuals, communities, and governments can engage with these issues to create more sustainable societies.

You may also choose from a range of courses to create your own sustainability profile. Please note that students in the Environmental Earth Systems Science Major are not eligible to take the Minor in Environmental Sustainability.

Program information 

For completion of a Minor in Environmental Sustainability, students will be required to complete four required courses and one additional elective course for a total of 5 courses and at least 15 AUs.

Courses 1-5 (below) can be read in any order.

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

AU

Remarks

1

ES5001 / ES8001

Natural Hazards and Society

3

 

2

ES5005 / ES8005

Environmental Earth Systems Science

3

 

3

ES5006 / ES8006

Environmental Sustainability

3

 

4

ES5007 / ES8007

Climate and Climate Change

3

 

5

AB0001

Sustainability: Issues, Reporting & Finance

3

available for NBS students only

AB0301

Live, Work and Play in a Sustainable World

3

available for NBS students only

AB0401

Sustainable Enterprises

3

available for NBS students only

AB0402

Sustainable Operations

3

available for NBS students only

AB0501

Green Marketing

3

available for NBS students only

AB0603

Business Gone Green: Managerial Issues

3

available for NBS students only

CE0002

Green Computing

3

available for SCE students only

CV0001

Civil Engineering and Sustainable Built Environment

3

available for CEE students only

DD0001

Ethical Issues in Art, Design and Media

3

available for ADM students only

DR0000

Sustainable Design

3

available for ADM students only

EE8094 

Impact of Electromagnetic Radiation on Humans

3

available for EEE students only

EM5101 / EM9101

Environmental Quality

3

available for all NTU students

EM5105 / EM9105

Energy Resources Management

3

available for all NTU students

EN0001

Sustainability Practices for Urban and Marine Environment

3

available for CEE students only

HC0301

Environmental Ethics and Chinese Thought

3

available for HSS students only

HE0301

Law & Econ, TOP in Environmental Protection, Policy & Planning

3

available for HSS students only

HE3005

Environmental Economics

3

available for all NTU students

HE3010

Energy Economics

3

available for all NTU students

HH0301

The Environment in History

3

available for HSS students only

HH4006

The Green Earth: Issues in Environmental History

3

 

HS0301

Environmental Sustainability

3

available for HSS students only

HS2033/HS223 

Environmental Sociology

3/4

available for all NTU students

HU9001

Introduction to Environment and Urban Studies

3

available for all NTU students

HY0301

Environmental Philosophy

3

available for HSS students only

MA0100

Environmental Sustainability

3

available for MAE students only

MT0001

Shipping and the Environment

3

available for CEE students only

SS0201

Ethical Issues in Sports

3

available for SSM students only

 

 

 

 

The minor is open and suited to students from all majors at NTU.

Please note that students in the Environmental Earth Systems Science Major are not eligible to take the Minor in Environmental Sustainability.

1) What is the minimum entry requirement?

There are no entry requirements to be fulfilled. The Minor in Environmental Sustainability Programme is open to all students.

 

2) Is there a minimum grade for qualification of the award of the Minor in Environmental Sustainability?

Students are required to read 5 courses indicated on the Minor in Environmental Sustainability Course Website and earn a minimum of 15 AUs with letter grade. Courses with Satisfactory(S) or Unsatisfactory(U) grade are not counted towards the fulfilment of the minor requirements

 

3) Is there a limit to the number of Minor courses that I can take concurrently in the same semester?

No. There is no limit so long as students are confident of handling the workload in addition to the courses that they read in their main curriculum. However, note that the allocations will be courses to the availability of vacancies.

 

4) If I inform my School that I am interested to do a Minor in Environmental Sustainability, can my School help me if there are clashes in my time-table?

It is the responsibility of students to plan and ensure that all courses they intend to take in the semester do not clash. Students are to register for all courses according to the class schedule released every semester.

 

5) How do I register for Minor in Environmental Sustainability courses?

Registration is similar to the registration of Unrestricted Electives. That is, students will place the course(s) of their interest on the Waitlist in the course registration exercise. Allocations will be conducted and the course will be automatically registered for the students. Instructions on Course Registration will be disseminated by the Office of Academic Services (OAS, NTU) on a semesterly basis.

 

6) How will you differentiate between students who are interested in doing a Minor in Environmental Sustainability and those who take one or two of the Minor courses as Unrestricted Electives?

Allocations are subject to vacancies available. Students have to indicate during registration whether the courses are to be taken as Minor in Environmental Sustainability courses or GER (PEs) (i.e., General Education Requirement Prescribed Electives). There will be two separate queues and allocations will be done independently for each queue based on demand and supply. There is no priority of one queue over another as such.