Sustainability Science Major

The practice of sustainability isn’t good just for the environment — it’s an important part of business, too. Whether it’s through recycling, alternative energy, environmentally friendly material science or other initiatives, organizations and governments are all working hard to become more green in their business operations.

The Sustainability Science major gives students a foundation in the science of sustainability combined with an understanding of business principles and practices at organizations that are looking to incorporate this important business function into their operations. The curriculum ensures that students will understand not only earth’s environmental systems, but also how they relate to business and societal activity — an approach that stands out among primarily science-based programs. The major is excellent preparation for students interested in a career path that requires them to consider environmental, economic and societal sustainability in corporate decision-making.

Through this major, students will gain real-world skills through required field experience in environmental science, as well as a capstone project or internship. The Sustainability Science major also requires that students complete either a Business Studies Major or Minor.

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for Arts and Sciences majors, including focused-course requirements, additional electives, modern language requirements and a Minor in Business Studies or Business Studies Major.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
Students must complete eight courses to fulfill the Sustainability Science major, in addition to the NASC General Education course. Three of these are required: 1
NASC 122Environmental Chemistry4
NASE 364Science of Sustainability3
NASE 380Science of Environmental Policy3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Ecology: Principles and Applications
Global Health Challenges
Water Quality
Water and the Environment
Global Climate Change
Weather and Climate
Energy Alternatives
Industrial Ecology
Mathematical Modeling in Environmental Management
Environmental Economics
Select no more than one of the following:
Environmental Psychology
Environmental Law
Environmental Ethics
Globalization
The Developing World
Field Experience
The options for students’ field experience requirement include:3
Coastal Biology of Cape Cod
Coastal Geology of Cape Cod
Water and the Environment
Any NASE international faculty-led program
Senior Capstone Experience 3
Internship in Natural and Applied Sciences or Research in Natural and Applied Sciences
1

It is recommended that students take either NASC 111 Green Biology: Ecological and Botanical Connections or NASC 130 Principles of Geology to meet the NASC General Education requirement.