Sustainability and Business
The Sustainability and Business Program considers and applies environmental, social and financial concerns to creating a more sustainable world. You gain the knowledge, experience and ethical grounding to play a leadership role within a public or private company, nonprofit organization, or as an entrepreneur.
More specifically the program strives to:
- Prepare students for ethically and socially responsible roles in sustainability and business professions and society;
- Develop in students the ability to recognize, analyze, and solve problems with an awareness and appreciation of human connections with the rest of nature;
- Help students achieve their personal and career goals; and
- Prepare students for entry-level positions in either the private or public sector and/or to prepare students for coursework at the graduate level.
Sustainability and Business is offered jointly by the Departments of Environmental Studies and Business in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is designed to be interdisciplinary and to offer students numerous opportunities for collaboration and experiential learning. The major will allow students to pursue interests in the non-profit, corporate and public sectors. Students may also elect to focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship. Employment opportunities include corporate or municipal sustainability officers, green business owners/managers, socially responsible investment management, and others. The first year experience includes a Green Learning Community.
Sustainability & Business Majors must take:
ENV 100/101 - Introduction to Environmental Issues (for ENV requirement)
LIT 121/122 - Literature, Nature & the Environment (for EXP requirement)
BUEC 104/105 - Economics in Context (for EXP requirement)
BIO 105/105L - Biology I: Ecology/Evolution/Lab (for lab science requirement)
MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences (for math requirement)
ENV 200 - Society, Population and Environment (for SGA requirement)
ENV 208 - Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, Solutions (for SGA requirement)
|Program Required Courses||44-52|
BUAC 201 - Financial Accounting
BUEC 204 - Microeconomics
|BUEC 390 - Environmental Economics||3|
|BUMG 200 - Management||3|
|BUMK 200 - Marketing||3|
ENV 240 - Environmental Sustainability Lab
ENV 250 - Environmental Policy in Comparative Perspective
ENV 344 - Environmental Ethics
BUMG 311 - Business and Society Relations
Environmental Studies Electives (2 courses)
(see list below)*
Business Electives (2 courses)
(see list below)**
ENV 295 - Internship
BUMG 295 - Internship
ENV 495 - Advanced Internship
BUMG 495A - Advanced Internship
ENV 499 - Senior Capstone
Open Electives (as needed to reach 120 credits)
(suggested Elective: ENG 317)
Minimum Total Required Credits
*Environmental Studies Elective Suggestions
ENV 309 - Sustainability and Ecological Restoration
|ENV 313 - Wetland Restoration: Science and Policy|
|ENV 316/316L - Land Conservation Practicum/with lab|
|ENV 321 - Environmental Communication: Expert Practices for Ecosystem Management|
|ENV 328 - Environmental Pollution: Ecosystems, Wildlife and Human Health|
|ENV 340 - Environmental Movements and Social Change|
|ENV 341 - Indigenous Ecology, Conservation Biology, and the Politics of Knowledge|
|ENV 348 - Environment, Health & Community Development in East Africa|
|ENV 357 - Sustaining Water: Social and Global Perspectives|
|ENV 376 - Caribbean Sustainable Development|
**Business elective suggestions
|BUEC 395 - Ecological Economics|
|BUMG 303 - Management of Nonprofits|
|BUMG 307 - Operations Management|
|BUMG 312 - Entrepreneurship/Sm Bus Management|
|BUMG 315 - Triple Bottom Line Reporting|
|BUMG 325 - Legal Environment of Business|
|BUMG 410 - Creating Social Enterprises through Design Thinking & Innovation|
- Students may choose to tailor the last two years of course selections to their specific interests. For example, in close consultation with their academic advisor, they may select upper level business and environmental studies electives that would result in an informal concentration in one or more areas including: Non-Profit Sector, Corporate/Public Sector Sustainability, Small Business/ Entrepreneurship.
- Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad. Academic advisors will help tailor a student’s program to create opportunities for study abroad.
Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.
1. Know fundamental principles of business and ecology and apply these to sustainability initiatives within private, public, and/or civic organizations/enterprises.
2. Integrate the environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability and apply that integration to solve concrete challenges.
3. Identify and measure the economic, social and environmental risks and rewards (triple bottom line) of new ventures in sustainability, and compare short-term economic risks and returns with long-term expected benefits.
TUITION AND FEES
Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.