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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Sustainability in academics

Ontario Tech University offers a variety of sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability. In Fall 2018, the university launched its first interdisciplinary program, the Minor In Sustainability Studies, housed in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. 

The purpose of the Minor in Sustainability Studies is to provide foundational knowledge and skills related to the emerging discipline of sustainability and to prepare students to become innovators within their diverse fields. The minor seeks to educate students in the concepts and best practices in sustainability, and to teach them to consider all factors—economic, environmental and social, both in the short term and in the long term—in making decisions. Intended as a complement to core fields of study, the minor draws from courses across all faculties, and enhances and reflects each student's individual academic and career interests.

The minor consists of seven courses, which include three mandatory courses and four electives. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in minor courses is required to successfully complete the minor. 

Please visit Program: Sustainability Studies minor on the Academic Calendar for more information or speak to your Faculty Advisor. 

For more information, visit the Minor in Sustainability Studies page on the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities website. 

APBS 7200G  Special Topics in Ecosystem Health
BIOL 4080U  Bioethics
CHEM 4050U  Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 4070U  Fossil Fuels and Biomass
CDPS 3300U Building Sustainable Communities
CDPS 3301U  Eco-Justice
CDPS 3302U  Environment and Globalization
COMM 3310U Communication, Communities and Social Change
COMM 3350U Environmental Communication
ENGR 3260U  Introduction to Energy Systems
ENGR 3420U  Energy and Environmental Impact
ENGR 4480U  Emerging Energy Systems
ENGR 4994U Thesis Design Project I
ENGR 4998U Thesis Design Project II
ENGR 5014G Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Engineering
ENGR 5275G Design for Product End of Life
ENGR 5995G Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Systems
ENVS 1000U  Environmental Science
ENVS 2010U Introductory Environment Science
ENVS 3020U  Introductory Energy Science
ENVS 3110U Economics and Politics of the Environment
HLSC 1811U  Social Determinants of Health
HLSC 3823U Health and Indigenous People in Canada
HLSC 4803U  Global Health
LGLS 4040U  Law and the Environment
MANE 4380U  Life Cycle Engineering
MECE 3260U  Introduction to Energy Systems
MECE 4430U Sustainable and Alternative Energy Technologies
POSC 3300U Building Sustainable Communities
POSC 3301U Eco-Justice
POSC 3302U Environment and Globalization
POSC 3303U Policies for Sustainability 
SSCI 1470U Impact of Science and Technology on Society 
SSCI 5081G Crime and Social Justice
BIOL 1020U  Biology II: Diversity of Life and Principles of Ecology
BIOL 1021U Introduction to Organismal Biology and Ecology
BIOL 3031U  Infection and Immunity
BIOL 3610U  Comparative Zoology
BIOL 3660U  Ecology
BIOL 4010U  Introduction to Environmental Research Methods
BIOL 4020U  Environmental Risk Characterization
BIOL 4030U  Advanced Topics in Environmental Toxicology
BIOL 4610U  Field Biology
BIOL 4620U  Animal Behaviour
BUSI 1650U  External Environment of Management
BUSI 2620U  Business Ethics
BUSI 3360U  Health and Safety
BUSI 5020G  Ethics and Leadership
CHEM 4080U  Hydrogen-Based Energy Systems and Fuel Cells
COMM 3710U Intercultural Communication
COMM 3720U  Communicating Diversity
CDPS 3101U  Inequality and Development
CDPS 3102U  Culture and Community
CDPS 3200U  Rural-Urban Fringe
CDPS 3201U  Rural Communities
CDPS 3203U  Urban Development
CDPS 3500U  Equity Policy
CDPS 3501U  Poverty and Public Policy
CDPS 3600U  Education Policy
CDPS 3601U  Health and Public Policy
CDPS 3751U  Technology and Conflict
EDUC 3201U  Environmental Education
ENGR 3570U  Environmental Effects of Radiation
ENGR 3730U  Solar Energy Technologies
ENGR 3830U  Wind Energy Systems
ENGR 4410U  Fossil Fuel Energy Conversion
ENGR 4440U  Advanced Power Generation
ENGR 4460U  Nuclear Power Systems
ENGR 4470U  Hydrogen Power Systems
ENGR 4620U  Radioactive Waste Management Design
ENGR 4940U  Capstone Systems Design for Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering I
ENGR 4950U  Capstone Systems Design for Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing
Engineering I
ENGR 5100G Advanced Energy Systems
ENGR 5101G Thermal Energy Storage
ENGR 5161G HVAC and Refrigeration Systems Design and Analysis
ENGR 5223G Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Methodologies
HLSC 4802U  Public Health in Canada: Theory, Application and Challenges
HLSC 4809U  Environmental and Occupational Health
HLSC 4851U  Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Healthcare. 
INDG 2000U Introduction to Indigenous Studies
LGLS 2120U International Law
LGLS 3230U Law and Globalization
LGLS 3310U Indigenous Peoples, Law and the State in Canada
MECE 4410U  Fossil Fuel Energy Conversion
MECE 4450U  Thermal Environmental Engineering
NUCL 1530U Radiation and Nuclear Technologies
NUCL 4540U  Nuclear Steam Supply Systems
NUCL 5070G  Environmental Modelling
POSC 3500U Equity Policy
POSC 3501U Poverty and Public Policy
POSC 3600U Politics of Education in Canada
POSC 3601U The Politics of Health
POSC 3751U Media, War and Conflict
POSC 3800U Principles of Economics and Political Economy
PHY 4040U  Solar Energy and Photovoltaics
PHY 4050U  Emerging Energy Systems
RADI 4995U  Thesis Project I
RADI 4999U  Thesis Project II
SCIE 1910U Science in Context
SSCI 1200U Introduction to Social Policy
SSCI 1210U History of Science and Technology 
SSCI 1300U Social Problems
SSCI 2020U Issues in Diversity
SSCI 2930U Geographic Information Systems
SSCI 4097U Community Connections
SSCI 1700U Reading Our World
SOCI 1000U Introductory Sociology