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Sustainable Business

The Major

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) 

SUBU 330       Sustainable Business Practices

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.

SUBU 430       Seminar in Sustainable Business

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.

ECON 343       Environmental Economics

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


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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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