Are you interested in analyzing environmental issues and designing new solutions, from a broad social scientific perspective? Then this is the minor for you! You will look at the origin of environmental challenges and design and analyze change processes. In the level 3 courses you will focus on either the role of policy making, sustainable production and consumption, or knowledge management. You will learn how you can influence the behavior of individuals and organizations and in doing so contribute to a sustainable development.

There are no specific entry requirements for this minor. This minor is not available for Global Sustainability Science students.

The starting moment of this minor is in period 1, 2 or 3.

The length is one semester or longer. To be able to complete this minor in one semester, the planning would be:

  • GEO2-2113 Policy Evaluation & Design (1D)
  • GEO3-2122 Business, Sustainability & Innovation (1B, you need to have completed 90 credits in your own programme as an entry requirement)
  • GEO1-2413 Foundations of Social Sciences for Sustainability (2B) or GEO2-2142 Philosophy of Science & Ethics (2D)
  • GEO3-2121 Sustainable Land Use (2C)

The minor is taught mostly in English with parts in Dutch. Completely in English is possible.

This minor consists of four courses, which amounts to 30 EC.

In brackets: period (1/2/3/4) + timeslot (A/B/C/D)


Choose 1 out of 3

Choose 2 out of 7

Please note!

  • Courses mentioned twice can only be chosen once.
  • It is advised to take level 3 courses after you have completed the mandatory level 2 course.


If you're a student at Utrecht University then you register via Osiris. Please note: you must register for the minor and separately for each course.

This minor is also available for students studying at a university of applied sciences or at another university.

If you are not from Utrecht University, you register through Osiris Online Application

Registration periods

If you register during these periods you can almost be sure to be accepted in the course of your first choice.

  • Period 1 (Start courses: Monday 31 Augustus 2020)
    Registration: Tuesday 2 June - Sunday 28 June 2020 (inclusive)
  • Period 2 (​Start courses: Monday 9 November 2020)
    Registration: Monday 14 September -  Sunday 27 September 2020 (inclusive)
  • Period 3 (Start courses: Monday 8 February 2021)
    Registration: Monday 2 November - Sunday 29 November 2020 (inclusive)
  • Period 4 (Start courses: Monday 26 April 2021)
    Registration: Monday 1 February - Sunday 28 February 2021 (inclusive)

Late registration days

If you change your mind later on and want to take another course, or if you forgot to enrol, you have a second chance on the late registration days. The choice at that time however will usually be more limited.

  • Period 1 Late registration: Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 August 2020
  • Period 2 Late registration: Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 October 2020
  • Period 3 Late registration: Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Period 4 Late registration: Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 April 2021

More information

Study advisor Pieter Louwman can provide you with more information concerning this minor. You can reach him by phone (030) 253 2349 of via e-mail (