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Environmental Sustainability

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability major provides a foundation for understanding and creating solutions for social and environmental challenges in a manner that does not limit the availability of natural resources to future generations. Sustainability professionals are required to understand relevant scientific, ethical, and business issues and have the necessary skills to not only develop and implement policy but to also successfully manage and assess progress at different scales (e. g., organizational, institutional, corporation, and government). The inter-disciplinary curriculum integrates perspectives from environmental science, the social sciences, business and the humanities. Course work is supplemented by experiential learning to gain real life exposure to sustainability challenges through an internship, practicum, independent study, or off-campus study. Students completing the environmental sustainability major are prepared for graduate school or employment by corporations, environmental nonprofits, academic institutions, municipalities and other levels of government.

Requirements to Major in Environmental Sustainability 

A. Environmental Science Courses

  • ES 1110 – Environmental Science: A Global Concern
  • ES 3250 – Principles of Environmental Policy and Sustainability
  • ES/PA 2410 – Environmental Ethics
  • ES/EC 2550 – Environmental Economics and Management
  • ES 2450 – Environmental Research Methods
  • ES 2680 – Energy and the Environment
  • ES 4650 – Solid Waste Management
  • CH 1010 – Introduction to Chemistry

B. Quantitative Skills

  • CT 1010 – Introduction to Excel Programming
  • EC 2110 – Introductions to Macroeconomics
  • EC 2120 – Introduction to Microeconomics
  • MT 2310 – Statistics

C. Electives

Select one of the following:

  • BU/SM 3760 – Non-Profit Management
  • SW 3750 – Non-Profit Organizations

Select two from the following:

  • BU 2420 – Organizational Behavior and Management
  • CO 3420 – The Voice of Nature
  • PO 2110 – State and Local Government and Politics
  • PO 2910 – Public Policy Analysis
  • PS 2050 – Social Psychology
  • SO/CJ 2410 – Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • SO/PS 2610 – Leadership and Social Change
  • SO 3520 – Grassroots Democracy 

D. Experiential Learning Component

Select one of the following options:

  • SU 4810 – Directed Study in Environmental Sustainability (1-4cr)
  • SU 4830 – Independent Study in Environmental Sustainability (1-4cr)
  • SU 4910 – Internship in Environmental Sustainability (1-16cr)
  • SU 4920 – Practicum in Environmental Sustainability (Variable Credit)

Off-campus/study abroad experience that includes a sustainability component

E. Capstone

  • SU/BU 4100 – Sustainable Project Financial Modeling

Course Descriptions

**All undergraduate courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

SU 4100/BU 4100 Sustainable Project Financial Modeling

This team taught course will be case study based. Students will develop project finance models for sustainability efforts. Case studies will be used from the both the public and private sector to understand project/program finance modeling. The course includes a lab component in which students will use Excel to model case study projects to illustrate the processes of program development, implementation and management. The class provides a “real world” focus on sustainability issues to develop a level of proficiency that is needed to effectively coordinate projects.

SU 4810 Directed Study in Environmental Sustainability

This course of study to be arranged between faculty and student. Contract required. May be repeated for credit. Variable credit (1-4). 

SU 4830 Independent Study in Environmental Sustainability

Advanced, independent study of a specific topic arranged with a faculty member. Contract required. Variable credit (1-4). 

SU 4910 Internship in Environmental Sustainability

Qualified students apply knowledge and theories gained in class to real sustainability situations. Students may work with cooperating employers on either a full- or part-time basis to achieve predefined objectives that have been developed and accepted by the student, the employer, and a faculty supervisor. The student’s internship is developed under the guidance of a faculty member. Contract required. Variable credit (1-10). 

SU 4920 Practicum in Environmental Sustainability

The practicum is designed to provide the student with an experiential learning experience in an area within sustainability based on interest and availability. The practicum can be completed either on- or off- campus. Variable credit (1-10).

CT 1010 Introduction to Excel Programming

This course introduces the basics of Excel in the context of building simple financial models. Students will be asked to develop Performa income statements and develop cost benefit analysis. Through the preparation of various spreadsheets students will become familiar with basic formulas, functions, and tools within Excel. No prior accounting knowledge required. (1cr)