Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Academic Programs

From introducing sustainable principles in classroom discussions to testing techniques that can be used to encourage adoption of sustainable behaviors to evaluating the impact that hands-on learning experiences have on influencing perceptions of climate change and sustainability, our academic programs provide the insights and appreciations that underpin a lifelong commitment to sustainability.

Degree Programs Related to Sustainability

The following degree programs (undergraduate and graduate) allow students to concentrate in some aspect of sustainability:

Minors Related to Sustainability

Minors at Millersville University require a sequence of at least six courses (18 s.h. minimum) selected in consultation with an academic minor advisor. One of those six courses can also be used toward a student’s major requirements. Other courses in the minor may be used to fulfill free elective requirements.

General Education and Elective Courses Related to Sustainability

These courses allow students to explore sustainability issues from various disciplines. They are ideal for students who would like to know more about some aspects of sustainability without making a commitment to complete a major or minor related to sustainability. Many of the courses listed can be completed as a part of regular general education requirements that must be fulfilled at Millersville University. Others may be taken to fulfill free elective requirements. This list is not exhaustive.

  • BIOL 340: Perspectives in Environmental Awareness
  • ESCI 101: Earth Systems and Natural Hazards
  • ESCI 104: The World Ocean
  • ESCI 107: The Atmosphere
  • ESCI 120: Environmental Geology
  • ESCI 245: Environmental Meteorology
  • ESCI 385: Global Climate Change: Science and Policy
  • ECON 207: Environmental Economics
  • GEOG 336: Climate and Society
  • GEOG 305: Geography of Energy (W)
  • GEOG 407: Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation (W)
  • GEOG 202: Resources and the Environment
  • GEOG 101: The Global Environment
  • GEOG 227: Urban Geography
  • GEOG 372: Urban and Regional Planning
  • GEOG 307: U.S. Environmental Policy
  • GEOG 304: Water Resources Management
  • ITEC 120: Energy & Power Systems
  • ITEC 301: Technology & Its Impact On Humans (P)
  • ITEC 302: Futurology (P)
  • ITEC 304: Energy Resources, Sustainability And The Environment (P)
  • INTL 201: Introduction to International Studies
  • PHIL 345: Humanity and Environment

Study Abroad Opportunities

Millersville University study abroad courses are short-term courses coordinated by MU professors that give students the opportunity to satisfy educational requirements while immersed in a new cultural and international setting. Several study abroad courses allow students to focus on the various facets of sustainability and are ideal for both students majoring in a sustainability-related discipline and those that want to experience learning in a different environment.

Iceland – ITEC 304: Energy Resources, Sustainability, and the Environment (Dr. Litowitz)
Iceland is the only country to generate all of its electrical power through alternative means. We will visit geothermal power plants, take a boat ride to a glacier that forms large icebergs as it recedes due to the climatic effects, hike pristine gorges, go on a whale watch north of the Arctic Circle, soak in geothermal pools and enjoy the scenic beauty of this sparsely populated and largely unspoiled natural paradise.


Costa Rica – ITEC 304: Energy Resources, Sustainability, and the Environment (Dr. Litowitz)
Costa Rica is often ranked as one of the top three sustainable countries in the world because of its dedication to the rain forests and the in country, water systems. As much as 30% of the entire country is in some form of preservation area, in order to protect more than 10,000 species of plants and 800+ species of butterflies that are native to Costa Rica.

For more information on study abroad programs, visit the Office of Global Education and Partnerships