Chatham University

Sustainability (BSUS) Curriculum

120 credits of coursework are required to complete the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability or the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability.

Students in both the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability or the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability programs have extensive experiential coursework at the Eden Hall Campus, including aquaculture/aquatic biology, agriculture and food, landscape ecology, energy systems, and sustainability assessment. In addition, they will have coursework in environmental health, global change, systems, economics, social justice, and earth systems science. The Bachelor of Science designation is granted to those students who complete requirements for the accelerated Master of Sustainability program. All students will have at least one summer work program at the Eden Hall campus. In addition, there will be some internship and study away (domestic and international) opportunities.

All students who earn an undergraduate degree in the Falk School of Sustainability will also complete general education requirements consistent with university, accreditation, and state requirements. Some of these general education courses are completed through major courses, while others draw on courses taught outside the Falk School. Transfer students will be able to satisfy some or all general education requirements and some major courses with prior coursework.

Students may choose to take four advanced courses during the final year of the program that also count towards the Master of Sustainability program, which they can then earn in one additional calendar year of study.

Program Requirements

+ Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability

SUS101 Introduction to Sustainability

Introduction to the history, evolution and principles of sustainability. Focuses on exploring and crituqing decision-making approaches that satisfy environmental, economic and social criteria in terms of sustainable practices. Students will understand the definition of and history of sustainability theory and the three realms practical sustainability; social, economic and environmental.

3
SUS102 Foundations of Sustainability

Students examine core concepts of sustainability, and explore its origins, history, and achievements across the globe at multiple scales. Students gain a foundation for more in-depth study of sustainability. Students also focus on their personal conception of sustainability and engage in a sustainability group project linked to community partners.

3
ECN102 Principles of Microeconomics: Decision-Making by the Firm and Consumers

The roles of the consumer and producer are studied in the context of the functioning of the price system in different market structures. Emphasis is placed on the factors that influence the distribution of income (rent, interest, profit, wages) in the economy and the economic influence of women and their purchase decisions in varying economies..

3
SUS504 Principles of Sustainability

This course provides students the skills to understand, communicate, and critique the fundamentals of sustainability at multiple scales and across disciplines and cultures. It explores sustainability's origins and foundations, application, and assessment. We evaluate the inter-relationships among environmental, societal, and economic well-being and the implications on individual and social decision-making.

3
SUS101 Introduction to Sustainability

Introduction to the history, evolution and principles of sustainability. Focuses on exploring and crituqing decision-making approaches that satisfy environmental, economic and social criteria in terms of sustainable practices. Students will understand the definition of and history of sustainability theory and the three realms practical sustainability; social, economic and environmental.

3
SUS102 Foundations of Sustainability

Students examine core concepts of sustainability, and explore its origins, history, and achievements across the globe at multiple scales. Students gain a foundation for more in-depth study of sustainability. Students also focus on their personal conception of sustainability and engage in a sustainability group project linked to community partners.

3
SUS502 Sustainabilty and Systems

In this course, students will develop skills necessary to understand, describe, and communicate complex systems. Working from examples, exercise and interactive discussions, students will learn to identify key drivers and leverage points for change. Students will learn to solicit useful information, model, and enact change using a various systems-based tools.

3
SUS601 Earth's Complex Systems

The overall goal of this course is to examine the role that science contributes to sustainability. Students will critically assess process, evidence, uncertainty, application, and communication for traditional and alternative scientific methods through focused issues of sustainability (i.e., climate change, energy consumption, water pollution, urban ecosystems, children's environmental health, agroecosystems).

3
SUS602 Sustainability Economics

This course will examine the economic dimensions of environmental change through the frameworks of political ecology, political economy, development studies, and sustainability. Through case studies and current theory, we will investigate the costs, benefits, and sustainability of environmental governance.

3
SUS603 Sustainability: Ethics, Equity, Justice

This course focuses on the role of the "social" as one of the three pillars of sustainability. It explores historic and contemporary notions of ethics, social equity and social justice. It examines how these concepts can be applied to sustainability by studying local and global case studies.

3

+ Bachelor of Science in Sustainability

SUS101 Introduction to Sustainability

Introduction to the history, evolution and principles of sustainability. Focuses on exploring and crituqing decision-making approaches that satisfy environmental, economic and social criteria in terms of sustainable practices. Students will understand the definition of and history of sustainability theory and the three realms practical sustainability; social, economic and environmental.

3
SUS102 Foundations of Sustainability

Students examine core concepts of sustainability, and explore its origins, history, and achievements across the globe at multiple scales. Students gain a foundation for more in-depth study of sustainability. Students also focus on their personal conception of sustainability and engage in a sustainability group project linked to community partners.

3
SUS504 Principles of Sustainability

This course provides students the skills to understand, communicate, and critique the fundamentals of sustainability at multiple scales and across disciplines and cultures. It explores sustainability's origins and foundations, application, and assessment. We evaluate the inter-relationships among environmental, societal, and economic well-being and the implications on individual and social decision-making.

3