The Sustainable Materials and Technology (SM&T) minor offers all FIT students the opportunity to gain an understanding to evaluate the different types of challenges faced by our societies through fundamental scientific knowledge and practice applying this to real-world scenarios and problems. The SM&T minor will complement students’ major-course knowledge and prepare them to lead their industries to a more sustainable future.
This minor includes an engaging set of courses tackling issues touching on the three pillars of sustainability, social, economic, and environmental, and the tools needed to bridge these to build truly sustainable solutions. The foundation of scientific and technical information, tools, materials understanding, and critical thinking helps students see themselves as an active part of the changes needed to make an impact locally and globally. Students will be exposed to new technologies and materials that are currently available or being researched to mitigate the challenges faced world-wide, and offered opportunities to participate in impactful projects.
The following requirements below are intended for students beginning fall 2023.
To declare your minor, please speak to your academic advisor for assistance.
|The True Cost: A Product’s Life Cycle and the Science of Sustainability
|Societal Impact of Computing, Security, and Ethics
|Biodesign: Innovation at the Intersection of Science and Design
|Plants, Pollinators, and People
|Disease Ecology in a Changing World
|Designing with Emerging Materials (Interdisciplinary)
|Chemistry of the Everyday World
|Ecology and Environmental Problems
|Art History and Conservation
|Ecology and the Built Environment
|Economics of Energy and Fossil Fuels
|Psychology for Sustainability
|Color Creation and Sustainable Applications