Sustainability

Minors in Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainability.
Catalog Requirements Notice

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 2015-16 year.

Sustainability Major

The number of courses required for the major is 13 (40-44 semester hours). This major recognizes the environment as a physical, social, cultural, and psychological 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 an equitable society, and maintain a healthy planet.

Required Courses

All of the following (28-30 sem. hrs .)

SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability (3 sem. hrs .)
ENVR 101L Introduction to Environmental Science ( 4 sem. hrs.)
ECON 101 Macroeconomics (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 102 Microeconomics (3 sem. hrs.)
INTL 350 Comparative Environmental Policy Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 151 Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)
SUS 290/390 Internship in Sustainability (2-4 sem. hrs.)
SUS 401 Capstone Project in Sustainability (4 sem. hrs.)

Four courses to be chosen from two areas of specialization : Two courses from each of the two areas chosen (12-14 sem. hrs.)

Ecology and Environmental Systems

ENVR 102L Conservation of Biodiversity ( 4 sem. hrs.)
ECON 325 Ecological Economics and Political Ecology (3 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 119L Ecology and Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)

Food Systems

ANTH 230 Culture and Gardens (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 270 Social Science of Food (3 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 340 Sustainable Agriculture (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 200 Humans, Animals, and Interaction (3 sem. hrs.)

Water and Energy

SC 101 Water and Culture (3 sem . hrs .)
ECON 326 Energy and the Economy (3 sem. hrs.)

Inequalities, Power, Consumerism, and Social Justice

SOC 277 Social Inequalities (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 209 Introduction to Political Economy (3 sem . hrs .)
ECON 255 The Political Economy of Globalization (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 330 Native Americans and the Environment (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 359 The Pacific and Cultural Survival (3 sem . hrs .)
WGS 385 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

Professor M. Morfei, Coordinator

The minor in sustainability examines the interplay among the environmental, social, and economic forces involved in addressing the challenges to a sustainable future. Total required courses: Seven (21 - 25 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (9 - 11 sem. hrs.)

SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 101L Introduction to Environmental Science (3 sem. hrs.)
SUS 290 Internship in Sustainability (2-4 sem. hrs.)

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

Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religion

ANTH 230 Culture and Gardens (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 270 The Social Science of Food (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 240 Ethics (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 310 Ethics, Law, and Social Policy (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 325 Belief and Knowledge (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 320 Meaning and Place (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 330 Native Americans 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 305L Plant Diversity and Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 325L Limnology (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 363L Advanced Ecology (4 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 102L Conservation of Biodiversity (4 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 131L Physical Geology (4 sem. hrs.)
ENVR 340 Sustainable Agriculture (3 sem. hrs.)

Business, Economics, and International Studies

BUS 250 Innovation, Creative Problem Solving (3 sem. hrs.)
BUS 303 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Mgmt.(3 sem. hrs.)
BUS 365 Management for a Small Planet (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 220 Environmental Economics (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 325 Ecological Economics & Political Ecology(3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 326 Energy and the Economy (3 sem. hrs.)
INTL 350 Comparative Environmental Policy Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)

Psychology, Sociology, and Social and Economic Justice

PSY 275 Positive Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 335 Psy. of Environmental Sustainability(3 sem. hrs.)
SEJ 250 Introduction to Community Organizing (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 200 Humans, Animals, and Interaction (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 355 Social Movements and Social Change (3 sem. hrs.)

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