Sustainability

Minors in Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainability are additional options.
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The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the current year.

Sustainability Major

This major recognizes the environment as a physical, social, cultural, and psychological entity that is threatened by many forms of human activity. It further recognizes that humanity can make a difference by developing multi-faceted solutions that will help us to exist as a species, create a just and equitable society, and maintain a healthy planet.

The number of courses required for the major is 14 (42-46 semester hours).

Required Courses

All of the following (24-26 sem. hrs.):

SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability (3 sem. hrs .)
SUS 195 Tutorial: Critical Thinking about Sustainability (2 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 101L Introduction to Environmental Science ( 4 sem. hrs.)
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 151 Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)
SUS 290/390 Internship in Sustainability (2-4 sem. hrs.)
SUS 401 Capstone project in sustainability (4 sem. hrs.)

Six courses to be chosen from two areas of specialization : Two courses from each of the two areas chosen (18-20 sem. hrs.):

Ecology and Environmental Systems

ENVR 102L Conservation of Biodiversity (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 119L Ecology and Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 340 Sustainable Agriculture (3 sem. hrs.)

Economics

ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 209 Introduction to Political Economy (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 255 The Political Economy of Globalization (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 325 Ecological Economics (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 326 Energy and the Economy (3 sem. hrs.)

Social

ANTH 230 Culture and Gardens (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 270 The Anthropology of Food (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 359 The Pacific and Cultural Survival (3 sem. hrs.)
INTL 350 Comparative Environmental Policy Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 200 Humans, Animals and Interaction (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 277 Social Inequality: Class and Ethnicity (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 385 Topic: Gender, the Environment and Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)

Sustainable Food Systems Minor

This minor investigates the challenges of the current global food system. With a focus on the cultural meanings of food, and the social and physical conditions under which we grow and consume foods, this minor equips students with the understandings and tools needed to build a more sustainable world.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following: 6 courses (17-19 sem. hrs.)

SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 270 The Social Science of Food (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 200 Humans, Animals and Interaction (3 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 340 Sustainable Agriculture (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 230 Culture and Gardens (3 sem. hrs.)
FOOD 290 Internship (2-4 sem. hrs.)

Sustainability Minor

The minor in sustainability examines the interplay among the environmental, social, and economic forces involved in addressing the challenges to a sustainable future.

The total number of courses required for the minor is eight (22−26 semester hrs.).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (11-13 sem. hrs.)

SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)
SUS 195 Critical Thinking about Sustainability (2 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 101L Introduction to Environmental Science (4 sem. hrs.)
SUS 290/390 Internship in Sustainability (2-4 sem. hrs.)

Four additional courses, one from each of the following categories (12 - 14 sem. hrs.)

Anthropology and Philosophy

ANTH 230 Culture and Gardens (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 231 Culture and Water (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 250 Hawaii: Colonialism and Tourism (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 270 The Anthropology of Food (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 345 Maya Ethnography (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 359 The Pacific and Cultural Survival (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 240 Ethics, Equality and Justice (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 340 Ethics and the Environment (3 sem. hrs.)

Biology and Environmental Science

BIOL 119L Ecology and Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 130L Biology of Organisms (4 sem.hrs.)
BIOL 305 Plant Diversity and Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 325L Limnology (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 363 Advanced Ecology (4 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 102L Conservation of Biodiversity (4 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 131L Physical Geology (4 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 204 The Climate System (3 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 303 Environmental Impact Assessment (3 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 340 Sustainable Agriculture (3 sem. hrs.)

Business, Economics, and International Studies

BUS 203 Social Entrepreneurship (3 sem. hrs.)
BUS 250 Innovation: Creative Problem Solving (3 sem. hrs.)
BUS 365 Business Sustainability and Social Responsibility (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 255 The Political Economy of Globalization (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 325 Ecological Economics (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 326 Energy and the Economy (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 350 Economics of the Developing Countries (3 sem. hrs.)
INTL 151 Introduction to International Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
INTL 350 Comparative Environmental Policy Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 355 Approaches to International Relations (3 sem. hrs.)

Psychology, Sociology, and Other Programs

PSY 275 Positive Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 200 Humans, Animals, and Interaction (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 277 Social Inequality: Class and Ethnicity (3 sem. hrs.)
FNIS 212 Homelands (3 sem. hrs.)
FNIS 215 The Haudenosaunee and New York State (3 sem. hrs.)
FOOD 201 Introduction to Gardening (1 sem. hr.)

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