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Aquinas College

Sustainability in Education


Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Aquinas College Sustainable Business Degree
In the fall semester of 2003, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan established a new sustainable business degree department and major. This is believed to be the first Bachelor of Science degree program of its kind in the U.S. The multi-disciplinary Sustainable Business Program has 20 required courses within four separate major areas of concentration – business, science, environmental studies, and sustainable business. The sustainable business curriculum examines the theory and application behind businesses achieving the “triple bottom line” of building economic, environmental, and social capital. The graduates possess competence in the four areas of concentration and can effectively integrate the interdependencies of these areas as well.


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