The Sustainable Business option is based on the solid 30 hour business core curriculum that is taken by all business students, regardless of specialization. The new program offers a 6 course sequence that offers students a great deal of flexibility to shape their program to meet the shape of their aspirations. This program will introduce students to basic business concepts, a spirit of innovation, environmental sensitivity, and a commitment to social responsibility.
The SUBU option consists of the following 18 semester hours:
Required SUBU core, all three are required (9 credit hours)
This course introduces the integration of traditional business processes and those required to establish sustainable business practices. Included is an introduction to natural systems. The course covers the use of business analytical tools to makes decisions that restore the natural environment and build social capital to maintain long term profitability. Students will consider intelligent redesign of business practices and innovation as part of a commitment to sustainable management within company governance and in the stakeholder community.
This is a capstone course in sustainable business, integrating the concepts introduced in the program with emphasis on governance, disclosure and reporting requirements, public policy, innovation, and the impact of an organizations performance on labor and capital markets. Students will study specific company successes, learn how to access current performance on sustainable business practice, and build competitive advantage for the future through innovative, partnerships and collaborations, and market growth. The implications of sustainable business practices on the capital markets will also be considered.
Environmental economics is the application of the principles of economics to the study of how environmental resources are developed and managed. The goal of this course is for you to develop and understanding of public policy and economics topics regarding the environment. Topics such as externalities, public goods, water pollution, cap and trade, Pigouvian taxation, and current environmental policy will be covered.
Within CBA elective, choose 1 (3 credit hours) of the following:
ENTR 373 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
MGMT 475 Leadership Theory and Development
MGMT 529 International Management
MGMT 575 Business Ethics
Natural Systems, outside the CBA elective, choose 1 (3 credit hours) of the following:
BIOL 106 Environment and Man
CHEM 101 Applying Chemistry to Society
ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Issues
PHYS 105 Energy and Environment
SUST 102 Introduction to Sustainability
GEOL 225 Soils and Land Use
Outside the CBA electives, choose 1 (3 credit hours) of the following:
BIOL 323 Tropical Watersheds
GEOG 302 Economic Geography
GEOG 305 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 500 Global Environment and Sustainable Development
GEOG 501 Geographic Information Systems
HIST 530 World Environmental History
PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics
PLSC 325 Environmental Politics
PSYC 311 Ecological Psychology
SOCL 310 Environmental Sociology
SUST 300 Topics in Applied Sustainability