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Sustainability Management Degree - Bachelor of Science

Degree Information

The BS-Sustainability Management program is designed for professionals working in a variety of fields who wish to enhance their educational and career goals by attaining the skills needed to analyze, design, implement and manage sustainable projects. Students will gain exposure to the LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) process. The BS-Sustainability Management program focuses on (a) evaluating the sustainability of current technology innovations related to environment, energy and natural resource management; (b) developing sustainable strategies for water, energy, land and urban management at the local and global level; and (c) creating strategies for engaging stakeholders in sustainable projects. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in sustainability and provides a foundation to pursue graduate studies in areas such as Professional Science, Project Management, Business and Environmental Science.

Prerequisites for the College of Science and Technology's Sustainability Management Degree Program

Requires one of the following:

  • Associate’s degree in natural science (biology, chemistry, environmental science, etc.);
  • Associate’s degree in an engineering technology discipline;
  • Significant work experience (3 years minimum) in a science or engineering technology field;
  • Successful completion of at least 2 college-level natural science courses AND permission from the program director.

Curriculum

Major Requirements (40 hours)

  • LA 300 Foundations for Professional Success

    This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University’s four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.
    University Syllabus

  • SUST 300 Environmental Sustainability

    This course introduces Environmental Sustainability as an interdisciplinary field of study focused on environmental problems and managing natural resources in a sustainable manner. It cuts across agricultural sciences, biological sciences, and engineering, integrating physical and biological sciences to current environmental problems. Contemporary global environmental problems and the research that is being performed on environmental issues are explored. Discussion includes sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, pollution control and mitigation, and global climate change. A systems approach to the analysis of environmental problems is used to find effective solutions. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sustainability Management accelerated degree program.
    University Syllabus

  • SUST 350 Current Trends in Energy Technology

    This course explores energy sources and overall energy needs and impacts. A comparative study of the trends, status and policies of alternative energy technologies and how these can be applied to current and future industrial or residential scale projects will be conducted. Coverage also includes biofuels and synthetic fuels, emerging technologies of energy capture (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.) and innovative energy management (e.g. Smart Grid). Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sustainability Management accelerated degree program.
    University Syllabus

  • SUST 360 Green Technologies and Natural Resource Conservation

    This course provides an overview of emerging technologies for natural resource conservation. Discussions will focus on how innovations in technology are being developed to use natural resources in a more efficient and sustainable manner. Examples will cover new developments in green chemistry, sustainable agriculture, and ‘smart’ energy-efficient appliances. The use of current technologies (e.g. GIS, geographical information systems) in environmental assessment will also be discussed. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sustainability Management accelerated degree program.
    University Syllabus

  • SUST 390 Green Project Management

    This course provides a foundation for Project Management in the context of green, sustainable projects. Coverage includes life cycle assessment of the entire project from initiating, to planning and executing strategies consider long term impacts. Scenario-based case studies are incorporated with emphasis on the importance of making strategic changes that can create sustainable competitive advantage. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sustainability Management accelerated degree program.
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  • SUST 400 Cost of Sustainability

    This course explores the interconnectivity of energy, environment and business strategy. Topics covered include economic principles related to the use of environmental goods and services, and the influence of environmental effects on the decision-making process. Strategies for adapting to the impact of environmental changes, energy production, consumption, and government policies are discussed. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which focuses on economic, social and environmental impacts, and plays an increasing role in organizational strategy, is explored. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sustainability Management accelerated degree program.

  • SUST 410 Regulation, Policy and Governance of Sustainable Systems

    This course examines legal and government policy approaches to sustainability. A wide range of political issues that arise when viewing the Earth’s environment as an integrated global system are discussed. Major federal environmental laws and a study of local policy and regulations relating to sustainable and green projects are introduced. Topics also include grant writing and contracting for sustainable projects. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sustainability Management accelerated degree program.
    University Syllabus

  • SUST 420 International Development and Sustainability

    This course provides a study of human-environment interaction as seen from a global perspective. The interrelationship between population growth, food security, water availability, urbanization, technological change, international trade and global environmental change is explored. The economic, social and environmental impact of global trade is assessed. Discussion also includes maintaining historic principles of economic growth and development, and the implications for sustainability. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sustainability Management accelerated degree program.

  • SUST 430 Leadership in Sustainability

    The course focuses on the ‘4 E principles’ of Environment/Energy/Efficiency/Empower. These principles relate to efficiency in resource usage, sustainable energy use, environmental consciousness and empowering sustainable personal leadership. Emphasis is placed on the role of leadership to successfully complete sustainability projects. Coverage includes how to engage peers and company management in sustainable projects, how to coach and instruct sustainability across an organization, and how to communicate to a variety of audiences. Discussion also includes the application of ethical principles to actions affecting the environment. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sustainability Management accelerated degree program.
    University Syllabus

  • SUST 450 Sustainable Construction and Design

    This course is an application of the principles of environmentally sustainable construction to new and existing green building projects. Emphasis is placed on providing projects with a life cycle analysis that aims to reduce environmental impact and optimize the comfort and safety of people. The Green Building Rating System LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for benchmarking the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings is introduced. Students will work closely with industry on a project related to sustainability. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sustainability Management accelerated degree program.

Kirkpatrick Signature Series Requirements (9 credit hours)

(In addition to the Major Requirements, all Bellevue University students must complete the Kirkpatrick Signature Series)

  • LA 400 American Vision and Values

    This course focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the Western world, especially as they are found in the American vision and are embedded in the values, traditions, documents, and institutions of the United States. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
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  • LA 410 Tradition and Change

    This course examines the theories of moral absolutism and moral relativism, in light of their relationship to citizen freedoms and responsibilities. The course compares several modern economic systems, accessing their impact on citizen freedom and responsibility. It also examines the importance of fulfilling citizens’ responsibilities for the well-being of society and for the freedoms they enjoy. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
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  • LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility

    This course examines the theories of moral absolutism and moral relativism, in light of their relationship to citizen freedoms and responsibilities. The course compares several modern economic systems, accessing their impact on citizen freedom and responsibility. It also examines the importance of fulfilling citizens’ responsibilities for the well-being of society and for the freedoms they enjoy. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
    University Syllabus

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