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Environmental Sustainability

The concentration is designed to appeal to students interested in environmental sustainability and social justice, including those students seeking careers within an environmental field. With this concentration, students will gain a broad understanding of and consideration for the importance of nature and the concept of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Students will gain this understanding by taking courses spanning a number of different disciplines such as ecology, economics, engineering, entrepreneurship, film, law, literature, film, philosophy, and sociology. Students working in this concentration are challenged to recognize points of integration and points of tension between the needs of the planet and all its inhabitants and ecosystems, as well as the demands of business and economic growth.

Sponsored by: Math and Science Division and Arts and Humanities Division

Faculty Contacts: Vikki Rodgers and Jon Dietrick

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration. You should feel free to contact these faculty members with questions.

Required Courses

Two Science-Based Courses – Understanding Nature and Our Environmental Problems:

  • NST 2020 Case Studies in Ecological Management (Option for Intermediate Science Requirement)
  • SCN 2410 Environmental Technology (Option for Intermediate Science Requirement)
  • SCN 3615 Animal Behavior
  • SCN 3630 Economic Botany
  • SCN 3620 Natural Disasters
  • SCN 3610 Meteorology
  • SCN 3665 Global Climate Change
  • ENGR 3210 Sustainable Design (Olin course)

One Humanities, Arts, History, or Society Course – Considering the Role of Nature in Our Society:

  • AMS 3605 Water in America
  • CVA 2457 Imagining Sustainability   
  • ENV 4600 Climate Change Politics and Policy
  • LVA 2430 Place and Landscape in American Literature
  • MDS 3615 Media, Culture and the Environment
  • PHL 3609 Nature, Technology, and Values
  • LIT 3663 Limit Cases: International Literature, Film, and Economic Human Rights
  • LIT 3676 Imagining Nature, Imagining Ourselves
  • POL 4630 Critical Race Studies
  • ES 214 Social Causes and Consequences of Environmental Problems (Wellesley course)

Students may take either one additional course from the lists above or one of the following:

  • MOB 3522 Leading and Managing Sustainability  
  • MIS 3535 Lean for Social Innovation
  • MKT 3541 Conscious Capitalism​
  • EPS 4515 Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship 
  • EPS 4523 Environmental and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • EPS 4525 Living the Social Entrepreneurship Experience
  • EPS 4527 Social Entrepreneurship by Design
  • ECN 3675 Environmental Economics, Policy, and Analysis
  • FIN 3535 Financing and Valuing Sustainability

Courses Suggested But Not Required

  • AHF 1300 Out of Eden: Nature, Culture, Progress (option for Arts and & Humanities foundation requirement)
  • AHF 1300 Dwellings: Body, Home, and City (option for Arts and Humanities foundation requirement)
  • ART 1172 Introduction to Sculpture (nature-based art course)
  • NST 1020 Sustainable Energy Solutions

Curriculum Map

The curriculum map below is intended to be a guide, providing a sample framework to complete the requirements for a concentration and spend a semester abroad on an approved Education Abroad Program through the Glavin Office. Students can utilize the curriculum map as a starting point for creating an academic plan that is specific to their personal, career, and academic goals.