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Aquinas College



Sustainable Business Class at Aquinas College
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Aquinas College

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.

Arizona State University- School of Sustainability

Arizona State University's innovative Sustainability program was launched in 2006. The program focuses its attention on land-use change, environmental protection, water-resource management, sustainable materials and technologies, human health and well-being, and air quality. In the School of Sustainability, students study sustainability theory, current issues, and techniques to address real-world problems. The undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.)degree. The B.S. focuses on engineering and the natural sciences, while the B.A. focuses on the social sciences and planning.

Baldwin Wallace College

Baldwin Wallace was the first college in Ohio to offer a bachelor’s degree in sustainability. The program “examines our human relationship to the earth and focuses on current and future needs in ways that address our social, environmental and economic well being.” The major includes three areas of concentration: science, social sciences/humanities and business administration.

Catawba College

"The Department of Environmental Science & Studies and the Ketner School of Business offer an interdisciplinary major leading to the B.S. degree in Sustainable Business. The program requires 58-59 credits for completion."

Ferris State University- Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability

Offered through the university’s College of Engineering Technology, the degree includes a blend of programming with an emphasis on sustainable design and practice. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability includes nine new courses in addition to utilizing existing coursework from the Associate in Applied Science degree in Architectural Technology, Bachelor of Science degree in Facilities Management and Community Studies minor offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Illinois State University- Renewable Energy Degree

Illinois State University launched a bachelor’s degree in renewable energy in 2007. The program includes technical, economics, and public policy sequences. "The degree is a multi-disciplinary undergraduate major that provides a broad overview of renewable energy industries."

John Brown University- Renewable Energy Degree

The Renewable Energy Department of John Brown University offers a minor and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Renewable Energy. Within the bachelor's degree, there are three options available: design, management, or international development. The program focuses on “the fundamentals of science and energy conversion, its application to international sustainable development and the business and management skills to drive its growth market.”

Montana State University- Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems Degree

Montana State University offers a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS). This interdisciplinary program “promotes sustainable production, distribution and consumption of food and bioenergy by growing a new generation of leaders through collaborative learning and hands-on experience.”

Oregon Institute of Technology

The Oregon Institute of Technology has developed the first four-year undergraduate degree program in renewable-energy systems. The degree offers specialized courses such as photovoltaics, wind, biomass, hydropower, and geothermal energy development. The students engaged in the program as well as the faculty see this degree as a gateway to good jobs.

SUNY Canton, New York

The four-year Renewable and Alternative Energy Applications program at SUNY began in the Fall of 2006. "This SUNY Canton program is on the cutting edge of energy technology. Students will be studying concepts that will augment or replace conventional energy systems," SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown announced. The program will focus on wind, solar, geothermal, fuel cell, biofuel and other emerging energy technologies. Environmentally-friendly, cost-saving energy solutions are the emphasis of SUNY Canton's newest bachelor's degree program.

Unity College- Agriculture, Food, and Sustainability

Unity College offers a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Food, and Sustainability. The program "is designed to prepare students for future study and careers in the growing fields of sustainable agriculture and food systems. The approach will be interdisciplinary and experiential, drawing on several disciplines that intersect in the field of agriculture and food systems study, including biology, ecology, economics, critical social sciences, and history, as well as applied sciences such as horticulture, livestock management, and marketing."

Unity College- Sustainable Design and Technology

Unity College offers a Bachelor of Science program in Sustainable Design and Technology that helps students "develop their talents and skills as applied scientists and planners in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and response to climate change. The emphasis will be on technology and accounting."

University of California, Berkeley

The College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley houses a program focusing on social and environmental sciences. Declared majors will study the application of social science theories to environmental problems, while being exposed to three areas including U.S. Environmental Policy and Management, Global Environmental Politics, and Environmental Justice and Development. The college is calling the newly designed major "Society and Environment."

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