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Sustainability Program Requirements

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

  • Choose ONE:
    • BIOL 101C – P4 Environmental Issues (3)
    • SUST 102 – LC Issues in Sustainability (3)
  • ECON 105C – P3 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • Choose ONE:
    • ENGL 290 – Science, Rhetoric and the 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 six electives from the following list, with three credits chosen at the 300 level or above. Only one elective may be chosen from any prefix, with the exception of SUST.

  • ANTH 320 – Disaster, Hazard, and Risk (3)
  • AMST/WGST 216 – P2 Feminist Theory (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


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

  • Choose ONE:
    • BIOL 101C - P4 Environmental Issues (3)
    • SUST 102 - LC Issues in Sustainability (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. To ensure a diverse evaluation of sustainability, only one course from a discipline (with the exception of SUST) can be applied as an elective. For example, only one CHEM course can be used to satisfy the requirement. Also note that this is a partial list of elective that may be used. Additional courses will be added as they are developed.

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

  • AMST/WGST 216 - P2 Feminist Theory (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 156 - LC Ecocomposition (3)
  • ENGL 204 - P1 Nature Writing (3)
  • ENGL 290 - Science, Rhetoric, and Public (3)
  • HIST 108 - CC 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 310 - Sustainable Solutions (3)

Capstone Course - 1 credit

  • SUST 400 - Sustainability Capstone (1)

Total: 19 credits


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.