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Sustainability Program Requirements

Sustainability is a broad, new concept that has become pre-eminent within twenty-first century global society.  It concerns the attempt to understand how the growth of human society threatens the future health and well-being of humans and the natural world in which we live.  Most critically, it seeks effective solutions that advance not only human well-being but also the health of the planet.  This major exposes the student to the broad diversity of academic disciplines that are critical to understanding and creating solutions for this social and environmental challenge, including life and earth sciences, the social sciences, business and the humanities.  It seeks to couple the knowledge, skills, and values of these disciplines with practical, hands-on experiences outside the classroom so that the successful graduate is able to effectively understand, live, and work in a world that will be significantly different from the past.  Each student selects an upper level course track according to one’s personal and professional interests and aspirations.  A mandatory internship or field experience provides “real life” exposure to sustainability challenges.  A final capstone course weaves together interdisciplinary knowledge and practical problem-solving experiences.  

Sustainability Major

                          

Minimum credits required: 62

Required courses (* = Prerequisite Required)

BIO/ECN

150I

Humans and the Earth

3 credits

BIO

121L

Principles of Biology I

4 credits

BIO

122L

Principles of Biology II

4 credits

GEO

131

Earth and Its Resources

3 credits

CHM

111/111L

General Chemistry I & Lab

4.5 credits

CHM

112/112L

General Chemistry II & Lab

4.5 credits

SOC

288

Environmental Sociology

3 credits*

POL

205

Environmental Politics

3 credits

ECN

101

Principles of Economics I

4 credits

HPE

210W

Sustainable Food & Nutrition Choices

2 credits

SUS

363

Integrated Sustainability Topics

3 credits*

 

 

 

 

PHL

273I

Environmental Ethics

3 credits

OR

 

 

 

BUS

350

Green Business

3 credits

 

 

 

 

Statistics: (Select one of the following)

ECN

279

Elements of Statistics

4 credits*

PSY

278

Elements of Statistics

4 credits*

MTH

135

Intro to Probability & Statistics

3 credits

MTH

138

Biostatistics

3 credits


Elective Courses

At least 12 credit hours should be completed from one of the four upper level track of courses (sciences, humanities & social sciences, business administration, or quantitative). Courses may not be mixed among the four tracks.

Sciences: (2 of the 3 courses must be at the 300 level)

Computer Code: SUSS

BIO

211

Genetics

4 credits*

BIO

212

Microbiology

4 credits*

BIO

309

Vertebrate Natural History

4 credits*

BIO

310

Evolution

4 credits*

BIO

313

Ecology

4 credits*

BIO

334

Invertebrate Natural History

4 credits*

BIO

336

Molecular Biology

4 credits*

BIO

337

Plant Physiology

4 credits*

CHM

251/251L

Organic Chemistry I & Lab

4.5 credits*

CHM

311/311L

Biochemistry

4.5 credits*


Humanities & Social Sciences:

Computer Code: SUSH

ECN

356D

Urban Economics

3 credits*

ECN

358

Environmental Economics

3 credits*

ECN

362I

Economics of Developing Countries

3 credits*

ECN

365I

International Economics

3 credits*

ENG

308

Nature Writing

3 credits*

CAS

410

Persuasive Campaigns

3 credits*

CAS

415

Studies in Public Relations

3 credits*

POL

301

The Elected Branches

3 credits*

POL

303

Public Administration

3 credits*

POL

315I

International Organization

3 credits

REL

219I

Sustainability in the World’s Religions

3 credits

SOC

303I

Urban & Community Life

4 credits*

SOC

330D

Protests, Movements and Social Change

3 credits*


Business Administration:

Computer Code: SUSB

BUS

305

Introduction to Management

3 credits*

BUS

315

Small Business Management

3 credits*

BUS

326

Legal Environment of Organizations

3 credits*

BUS

329

Business Ethics

3 credits

BUS

330

Introduction to Marketing

3 credits*

BUS

342

Corporate & Organizational Finance

3 credits*

BUS

358

Business Communications

3 credits

BUS

360I

Pol & Social Responsibility of Multinational Corporation

3 credits

BUS

415

Business Plan Development

3 credits*


Quantitative:

Computer Code: SUSQ

MTH

142

Calculus II

4 credits*

MTH

243

Calculus III

4 credits*

CSC

141

Advanced Applications for Info Analysis

3 credits*

 

 

 

 

Experiential Learning Component
Options for the 3 credit experiential learning component include:

a.     an internship with a local organization that explicitly relates to sustainability

b.    an approved study abroad experience that includes a sustainability component

c.     a science based field work project

 

Capstone

SUS

400

Sustainability Capstone

3 credits




Sustainability Minor

Minimum credits required: 22-26 (* = Prerequisite Required)


A. Humans and the Earth Requirement (3 credits)

BIO/ECN

150I

Humans and the Earth

3 credits


B. Science Requirement
(6-9 credits)

Non-Science Majors: Select one of the following options-

     Non-Science Option A

MTH

135

Intro to Probability & Statistics

3 credits

AND one course from those listed below.

     Non-Science Option B

Select two courses in the same discipline from those listed below.

BIO

121L

Principle of Biology I

4 credits

BIO

122L

Principle of Biology II

4 credits

OR

 

 

 

GEO

121IL

Physical Geography

3 credits

GEO

227

Environmental Geology

3 credits

OR

 

 

 

CHM

111/111L

General Chemistry I & Lab

4.5 credits

CHM

112/112L

General Chemistry II & Lab

4.5 credits*


Science Majors: Select one of the following options-

     Science Option A

MTH

135

Intro to Probability & Statistics

3 credits

AND one course from those listed below that does not carry their major prefix or is not a
requirement in their major.

     Science Option B

Select two courses from those listed below that do not carry their major prefix or are not a
requirement in their major.

BIO

310

Evolution

4 credits*

BIO

313

Ecology

4 credits*

BIO

334

Invertebrate Natural History

4 credits*

BIO

212

Microbiology

4 credits*

GEO

121IL

Physical Geography

4 credits

GEO

227

Environmental Geology

3 credits

CHM

221/221L

Quantitative Analysis

3 credits*


C. Social Science Requirement (6 credits)

Select two of the following courses from different disciplines:

SOC

288

Environmental Sociology

3 credits*

POL

205

Environmental Politics

3 credits

ECN

358

Environmental Economics

3 credits*

ECN

362I

Economics of Developing Countries

3 credits*


D. Humanities/ HPE (5-6 credits)

Select two of the following courses:

PHL

273I

Environmental Ethics

3 credits

ENG

308

Nature Writing

3 credits

REL

262

Green Business

3 credits

HPE

210W

Sustainable Food & Nutrition Choices

2 credits

HPE-210W could be substituted by another suitable HPE- Wellness or Special topics seminar course, with consent of HPE Division.


E. Internship/ Field Experience (2 credits)

A mandatory (2 credit minimum) internship/field experience, approved by the Sustainability
co-directors.

           
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