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Sustainability Program Requirements for 2021-2022

The sustainability major offers an integrative, interdisciplinary approach that prepares students to address the challenges and ethical responsibilities of sustainable development.

B.A. in Sustainability

All required and elective courses that may apply to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

Required Courses – 31 credits

  • BIOL 101C – P4 Environmental Issues (3)
  • ECON 105C – P3 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • Choose ONE:
    • ENGL 2190 - Science Writing for Public (3)
    • ENGL 204 – P1 Nature Writing (3)
  • Choose ONE:
    • HIST 296D – History of Rochester (3)
    • HIST 298D – New York State History (3)
  • POSC 211 – Introduction to Public Policy (3)
  • Choose ONE:
    • PSJS 270 – CC Ethics and World Ecology (3)
    • PSJS 275 – P3 Sustainable Futures (3)
    • PHIL 235 – P2 Environmental Ethics (3)
  • STAT 160 – P4 Introduction to Data Science (3)
  • SUST 210 – P4 Systems Thinking (3)
  • SUST 301 – Environmental Science (3)
  • SUST 390 – Introduction to Community Sustainability (1)
  • SUST 490 – Sustainability Experience (3)

Elective Courses – 6 credits

Choose two electives from the following list, with one elective chosen at the 300 level or above. Only one elective may be chosen from any subject prefix, with the exception of SUST.

  • AMST/WGST 216 – P2 Feminist Theory (3)
  • ANTH 320 – Disaster, Hazard, and Risk (3)
  • BIOL 406 – Animal Natural History (3)
  • BIOL 408 – Ecology (3)
  • BIOL 410 – Conservation Biology (3)
  • CHEM 315 – Analytical Chemistry I (3)
  • ECON 360 – Environmental Economics (3)
  • EDUC 335 – Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (3)
  • SPST 255 – Sustainability in Sport (3)
  • SUST 138 – P4 Green Chemistry (3)
  • SUST 310 –Topics in Sustainability (3)

Total: 37 credits

B.S. Inclusive Childhood Education Major with a Liberal Arts Concentration in Earth Science

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive childhood education may complete a concentration in Earth science. In addition to meeting all of the inclusive childhood education requirements (49-52 credits: see Inclusive Childhood Education for details), the Sustainability Program, in conjunction with the Education Department, has outlined the following courses which meet the New York state requirement for a liberal arts concentration in Earth science. Students must earn grades of "C" or higher in all courses in the content area.

  • BIOL 101C - P4 Environmental Issues (3)
  • SUST 138 - P4 Green Chemistry (3)
  • SUST 302 - Environmental Science Workshop (4)
  • PHYS 111 - Astronomy (3)
  • CHEM 230 - Geology Workshop I (4)
  • CHEM 231 - Geology Workshop II (4)
  • SUST 320 - Water and Weather Systems (3)
  • SUST 350 - Climate (3)
  • STAT 160 - Intro to data science (3) or ECON 221 - SQ Statistics I (3)

Total: 30 credits

B.S. Inclusive Adolescence Education with a Liberal Arts Concentration in Earth Science

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive adolescence education (Earth science) may complete a concentration in Earth science. In addition to meeting all of the inclusive adolescence education requirements (40-43 credits: see Inclusive Adolescence Education for details), the Sustainability Program, in conjunction with the Education Department, has outlined the following courses which meet the New York state requirement for Earth science certification. Students must earn grades of "C" or higher in all courses in the content area.

  • BIOL 101C - P4 Environmental Issues (3)
  • SUST 138 - P4 Green Chemistry (3)
  • SUST 302 - Environmental Science Workshop (4)
  • PHYS 111 - Astronomy (3)
  • CHEM 230 - Geology Workshop I (4)
  • CHEM 231 - Geology Workshop II (4)
  • SUST 320 - Water and Weather Systems (3)
  • SUST 350 - Climate (3)
  • STAT 160 - Intro to data science (3) or ECON 221 SQ Statistics I (3)

Total: 30 credits


Minor in Sustainability

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

Introductory Courses – 9 credits

  • BIOL 101C – P4 Environmental Issues (3)
  • PHIL 235 – P2 Environmental Ethics (3)
  • ECON 105C – P3 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

Electives – 9 credits

All of the following courses either provide skills that are vital to advanced critical thinking in sustainability issues or are an in-depth integration of sustainability to a specific field.

Choose THREE electives from the following group. Each elective must carry a different course prefix (with the exception of SUST), with at least one at the 200 level or above.

  • AMST/WGST 216 – P2 Feminist Theory (3)
  • ANTH 320 – Disaster, Hazard, and Risk (3)
  • BIOL 408 – Ecology (3)
  • BIOL 410 – Conservation Biology (3)
  • CHEM 315 – Analytical Chemistry (3)
  • ECON 360 – Environmental Economics (3)
  • EDUC 335 – Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) (3)
  • ENGL 204 – P1 Nature Writing (3)
  • ENGL 2190 - Science Writing for Public (3)
  • HIST 2308 – History of Hunting (3)
  • MATH 170 – P4 Mathematical Modeling (3)
  • POSC 211 – Intro Public Policy (3)
  • PSJS 270 – CC Ethics & World Ecology (3)
  • PSJS 275 – P3 Sustainable Futures (3)
  • SPST 255 – Sustainability in Sport (3)
  • SUST 138 – P4 Green Chemistry (3)
  • SUST 210 – P4 Systems Thinking (3)
  • SUST 301 – Environmental Science (3)
  • SUST 310 – Topics in Sustainability (3)

Capstone Course – 1 credit

  • SUST 400 – Sustainability Minor Capstone (1)

Total: 19 credits


Note: The program requirements listed are for the current academic year. Past and future program requirements may differ. Visit the catalog website to access current and past catalogs.