2021-2022 University Catalog 
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2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sustainability, B.A.

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The Sustainability Program (Environmental Studies) is committed to preparing students to become contributing, compassionate global citizens in tune with BW’s core mission. As a Silver STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System) rated AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) member institution, we train students in the problem-solving methodology of Triple Bottom Line thinking. This means employing a transdisciplinary cost-benefit assessment, lifecycle analysis, and nested systems approach to evaluate the environmental, social, and economic consequences of the choices we make both individually and collectively to achieve the greatest benefit at the least cost to future generations. Sustainability majors may choose one of four possible concentrations including (1) Business, (2) Quantitative, (3) Policy and Ethics, or (4) Science. All four concentrations begin with similar foundational coursework and transdisciplinary options. Upper level coursework is geared towards deepening the knowledge base of students in each of the four concentrations as students prepare for careers with specialized knowledge in these substantive areas. The program concludes with a capstone course providing students with a team-based learning experience on selected projects emphasizing the practical application of sustainability methods.  We also encourage students with strong interests in the sciences to review the Environmental Science major offered at BW. Double majoring in SUS/ENV is also popular with the possibility of completing various Core requirements in the SUS major along with shared science coursework. 

Minimum credits required: 52-58

Transdisciplinary Requirements:

Students must complete a total of four of the following courses, and at least one course from each of the three categories.

Experiential Learning Component:

Options for the 3 credit experiential learning component include:

  1. an internship with an organization that explicitly relates to sustainability
  2. an approved study abroad experience that includes a sustainability component
  3. a science based field work project

Elective Courses:

At least 12 credit hours should be completed from one of the four upper level track of courses (business administration, policy and ethics, quantitative, or sciences). Courses may not be mixed among the four tracks.

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