Sustainability Management Degree - Bachelor of Science
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.
Major Requirements (36 hours)
SUST 300 Environmental Sustainability
This course introduces Environmental Science as an interdisciplinary field of study focused on environmental problems and balancing the use of natural resources. 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.
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).
SUST 360 Green Technologies and Natural Resource Conservation
This course provides an overview of emerging technologies for natural resource conservation. Discussion includes how innovations in technology are being developed to use natural resources in a more efficient and sustainable manner. New developments in green chemistry and sustainable agriculture will be explored. Coverage also includes ‘smart’ energy-efficient appliances and the use of current technologies (e.g. GIS, geographical information systems) in environmental assessment.
SUST 390 Green Project Management
This course provides a foundation for Project Management in the context of green, sustainable projects. Coverage includes initiating, planning and executing strategies that lead to completion of successful projects. Scenario-based case studies are incorporated with emphasis on the importance of making strategic changes that can create sustainable competitive advantage.
SUST 400 Cost of Sustainability
This course explores the interconnectivity of energy, environment and business strategy. Coverage includes economic principles related to the use of environmental goods and services, and the decision-making process based on external environmental effects. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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