Course Descriptions

 

 SUST-201 - Foundations of Sustainability. This course provides an interdisciplinary foundation of sustainability from a conceptual and applied perspective. The course builds an understanding of sustainability at a variety of special and temporal scales. Students will explore from different perspectives the link between environmental issues, poverty, consumption, population growth, economic globalization, and urbanization. 

    Course Outcomes:

  1. Students will gain a solid foundation of the concept and principles of sustainability.
  2. Students will understand the historical, environmental, social, and political context that gave rise to sustainability.
  3. Students will understand sustainability at multiple levels: individually, communally, regionally, and globally.
  4. Students will apply sustainability to a host of complex, real world issues.
 

 

 

SUST-420 - Sustainable Organizations. This course builds a greater understanding of sustainability at an organizational level. Particular attention will be placed upon sustainability within the private, public, and noprofit sector. The course will provide students with a comprehensive familiarity of how sustainability is implemented in a variety of organizational settings. 

    Course Outcomes:

  1. Students will understand how organizations design, plan, and implement sustainability within their operations.
  2. Students will develop a business case for sustainability.
  3. Students will apply sustainability concepts to a broad array of organizational settings.
 

 

 

SUST-360 - Sustainability Planning, Policy and Governance. This course will examine the historic and current context for sustainable decision making in terms of public policy, global and domestic economy, political and business agenda setting, science, technology, and ethics. The course provides an overview of various sustainability planning frameworks and standards. This course focuses on implementation of sustainability at multiple levels.   

    Course Outcomes:

  1. Students will gain a background in sustainability planning frameworks and apply to appropriate settings.
  2. Students will have a solid foundation in existing legislation at the local, state, and federal level as it pertains to sustainability.
  3. Students will investigate issues and data to form policies and/or planning strategies.
 

 

 SUST-470 - Sustainability Monitoring and Measurement. This course will focus on sustainability metrics common in a variety of organizations. The course will introduce a process for measurement and monitoring in diverse settings. Mechanics for continuous improvement, goal setting, reporting, and auditing will be developed.  

    Course Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to identify and implement sustainability goals, indicators, and metrics.
  2. Students will develop analytical skills to measure sustainability across a broad array of settings.
  3. Students will understand and employ the coordination of measurement and monitoring across a variety of settings.
 

 

SUST-330 - Systems Thinking and Change Management. This course fosters skills for systems thinking and systems dynamic modeling useful to chart pathways for sustainable human development and pathways within various organizations. Objectives, fundamentals, and implementation of organizational change management will be developed. Strategies for overcoming obstacles to change will be discussed. 

    Course Outcomes:

  1. Students will become skilled in systems thinking and develop the ability to conduct decision-making at the systems level.
  2. Students will understand change theories and apply them to real world scenarios.
  3. Students will employ tools and techniques necessary to contribute to systems level change.
 

 

SUST-495 - Sustainability Capstone Experience. This course will provide experiential learning in sustainability through an internship, field practicum, research experience or global experience. In addition, students will meet throughout the semester to connect their experience with the principles developed in the program.

    Course Outcomes:

  1. Students will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of sustainability in practice.
  2. Students will apply their previous learning in an applied setting, contributing their knowledge at the organizational, community, or global level.