School of
Integrative Biology

Undergraduate Academic Programs

Minor in Sustainability

Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP)

The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) is a campuswide undergraduate minor that prepares students for pursuing careers in the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and environmental advocacy groups. Students are encouraged to apply in the spring semester of their freshman year and start the coursework for the SEE FP in the fall of their sophomore year.

Why is true sustainability so hard to achieve? Behind every environmentally friendly practice is a web of consequences, trade-offs, feedbacks, and barriers — and this undergraduate minor administered by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) will help you develop a systems-level perspective of the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability to help you navigate them.

To find out more about the minor and the enrollment process, email Professor Madhu Khanna, iSEE Associate Director for Education & Outreach, at


Students eligible for enrollment in this undergraduate minor should have:

  • An overall grade-point average of 3.0
  • Enrolled in at least the second semester of instruction at the University of Illinois

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Go to and navigate to Apply Now.
  • Step 2: Download and fill in application form.
  • Step 3: Write a personal essay, no more than two pages, on how your participation in SEE FP will help you fulfill educational, personal, and/or professional goals.
  • Step 4: Acquire a digital copy of your official or unofficial transcript.
  • Step 5: Email application form, personal essay, and transcript as attachments to

SEE Fellows Program Curriculum

Courses Hours
Introduction to Sustainability
Choose one from the following:
  • ESE 100: Introduction to Sustainability
  • ESE 200: Earth Systems
  • NRES 287: Environment and Society
ENVS 301: Tools for Sustainability
NEW Spring 2016!
Economic / Policy / Social Dimensions.
Choose one from the following:
  • ACE 210: Environmental Economics
  • UP 460: Land Use & Transportation Policy
  • PS 225: Environmental Politics & Policy
  • NRES 425: Natural Resources Law & Policy
  • NRES 426: Renewable Energy Policy
  • NRES 472: Environmental Psychology
  • ESE 311: Environmental Issues Today
  • LA 370: Environmental Sustainability
  • ESE 482: Challenges of Sustainability
3 – 4
Environmental / Natural Systems.
Choose one from the following:
  • CEE 330: Environmental Engineering
  • IB 440: Plants and Global Change
  • UP 405: Watershed Ecology & Planning
  • NRES 219: Principles of Ecosystem Management
  • NRES 348: Fish and Wildlife Ecology
  • NRES 429: Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation
  • ESE 320: Water Planet
  • ESE 445: Earth Resources Sustainability
  • ENSU 310: Renewable & Alternative Energy
3 – 4
ENVS 492: Capstone Course 4

The SEE FP is being offered in partnership with six academic units — the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the School of Integrative Biology (SIB), the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), the School of Earth, Society and Environment (SESE), and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) — which are also contributing teaching faculty.