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The Sustainability and Policy Concentration promotes study of the complex interactions between society and ecosystems.  Sustainable development involves an increase in societal well-being over time through effective utilization of valuable natural systems.  The Sustainability and Policy Concentration fosters the study of how society values and utilizes critical ecosystem goods and services.  Key areas of focus in this concentration include in-depth analysis of sustainable communities, environmental economics and policy, and green business.        

Sustainability and Policy Concentration (39-40 credits)

Students selecting the Sustainability and Policy Concentration will complete SOC 420 Environmental Sociology and ES 421 Ecological Economics & Sustainable Development within the Environmental Studies core.

Core courses cannot be used to meet upper division elective requirements within this concentration.

Sustainability and Policy Core (23-24 credits)

  • ES 423 Sustainability and Natural Resources (4)
  • ES 475 Environmental Modeling (4)

Select one of the following:                        

  • ANTH 451 Cultural Ecology (4)              
  • ES/GEOG 437 Conservation in the US (4)

Select three of the following:

  •  ES 327 Energy and Climate Change (4)
  •  ES 479 Biosphere/Ecology/EnvirChange (4)
  •  BI 386 Forest Ecology and Management (3)
  •  ES 435 Water Resources (4)

Upper Division Electives: Select three courses in ONE of the following three areas (12 credits)

Environmental Policy                                           

  • ANTH 462 Cultural Resource Mgmt (4)          
  • ECON 315 Environmental Economics (4)        
  • ES 442 Valuation of Ecosystem Services (4)   
  • PS 428 Public Policy & the Environment (4)    
  • PS 441 Environmental Law (4)                      
  • ES/GEOG 439 Land Use Planning (4)

Green Business

  • BA 407 Sustainability for Bus. Leadership (4)
  • BA 330 Principles of Marketing (4)
  • BA 331 Consumer Motivation & Behavior (4)
  • BA 430A & BA 430B Nonprofit Org. Mgmt (4)
  • ECON 315 Environmental Economics (4)
  • ECON 379 Economic Development (4)

Sustainable Communities

  • SOC 310 Community Studies (4)
  • ES/GEOG 439 Land Use Planning (4)
  • ES/GEOG 350 Urban Environments (4)
  • BA 430A & BA 430B Nonprofit Organizational Management (4)
  • SOC 450 Social & Cultural Change (4)
  • ES 442 Valuation of Ecosystem Goods & Services (4)

Internship/Practicum (4 credits)

  • ES 409 Practicum (1-15)
  • ES492/GEOG 492 Field Geography (4)
  • ES 498/GEOG 492 Internship (1-6)

ES Faculty Advisors - Sustainability and Policy Concentration

Dr. John J. Gutrich

Dr. Mark Shibley

Dr. Vincent M. Smith