Sustainability Studies Degree

7039
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7039 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No 
Admission status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

Sustainability professionals use combinations of interdisciplinary skills to create and manage complex social, environmental and economic systems within a wide array of occupations. The program curricula expands on Florida Tech's well-known science and technology strengths and adds a unique combination of business and social science courses to produce unusually well-rounded graduates who can operate across multiple disciplines in the workforce.

The program emphasizes advanced educational experiences, hands-on projects (individually and in teams), opportunities for research on campus or internships in the community and training graduates to excel in the changing job market or interdisciplinary graduate schools. Final capstone projects use a campus classroom model where students address real-world sustainability challenges to generate explicit products and build marketable skills.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply should complete at least one year of high school environmental sciences or biology, and at least one year of chemistry or physics. Courses in economics or business are encouraged but not required.

Admissions requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

Candidates must successfully complete 124 semester credit hours as outlined in the following curriculum. The program includes four areas of concentration (business and economics, environmental sciences, social sciences, technology and engineering). Students are required to successfully complete 24 semester credit hours from the concentration areas (six credits from each).

To encourage students to focus on areas of greatest individual interest, students take an additional 15 semester credit hours from one or more of the concentration areas in consultation with their academic advisor.

Curriculum
Freshman Year
Fall (14 credit hours)
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ISC 1500 Introduction to Sustainability
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 1801 Global Business Perspectives
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • BUS 2303 Macroeconomics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • BIO 2801 Biometry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • ENS 4300 Renewable Energy and the Environment
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Concentration Course (Environmental Sciences) Credit Hours: 3
  • Concentration Course (Social Sciences) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • HUM 3385 Special Topics in History
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ISC 3250 Systems, Governance and Sustainability
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6
  • Concentration Course (Business and Economics) Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • BUS 4426 Environmental and Resource Economics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ISC 3999 Sustainability Project Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Concentration Course (Business and Economics) Credit Hours: 3
  • Concentration Course (Social Sciences) Credit Hours: 3
  • Concentration Course (Technology and Engineering) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • ISC 4000 Applied Sustainability
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ISC 4350 Sustainability Economics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Concentration Course (Environmental Sciences) Credit Hours: 3
  • Concentration Course (Technology and Engineering) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 124
Concentration Courses
Business and Economics

     Choose from:

  • BUS 2304 Microeconomics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 2601 Legal and Social Environments of Business
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 2602 Environmental Law and Forensic Studies
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 3501 Management Principles
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 3605 Consumer Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 3801 Cross-Cultural Management
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 3802 Global Macroeconomic Issues
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 4219 Globalization and Corporate Social Responsibility
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 4425 Environmental and Urban Planning
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 4503 Business Ethics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 4504 Special Topics in Management
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 4520 Leadership Theory and Practice
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 4701 International Business
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 4801 International Trade
    Credit Hours: 0
Environmental Sciences

     Choose from:

  • BIO 2935 Field Biology and Ecology/Smoky Mountains
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 2955 Field Biology and Ecology/Coral Reefs
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3410 General Ecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3510 Invertebrate Zoology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3601 Field Methods in Fisheries Science
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3625 Molluscan Aquaculture
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3940 Tropical Marine Ecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4030 Conservation Biology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4410 Community Ecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4421 Neotropical Archeoecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4515 Ecology of Coral Reefs
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4517 Introduction to Modeling for Ecology and Biology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4530 Biology of Fishes
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4620 Fish Aquaculture and Management
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4641 Biology of Marine Mammals
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4720 Marine Ecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 3101 Atmospheric Environments
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4001 The Earth System: Science, Engineering, Management and Education
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4004 Aquatic Environmental Toxicology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4700 Environmental Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MET 4310 Climatology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2332 Primer for Biomath
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 2602 Environmental Geology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3101 Biological Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3111 Biological Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3201 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3211 Marine and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3301 Geological Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3311 Geological Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4102 Marine and Estuarine Phytoplankton
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4103 Marine and Estuarine Zooplankton
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4104 Marine and Estuarine Benthos
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4204 Marine and Environmental Pollution
    Credit Hours: 0
Social Sciences

     Choose from:

  • BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 3242 Journalism
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 3425 Mass Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 4130 Global Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 1540 Ethics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 2480 Introduction to Political Science
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 2570 Bioethics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3085 Special Topics in Humanities
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3485 Special Topics in Social Science
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3521 World Religions
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4541 Culture and Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Technology and Engineering

     Choose from:

  • AVM 3201 Aviation Planning
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVM 3202 Airport Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 2402 Introduction to Aviation Environmental Science
    Credit Hours: 0
  • AVS 4402 Aviation Sustainability
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 3170 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 4222 Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CON 1005 Construction Plan Reading and BIM Applications
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CON 2001 Construction Methods and Operations
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CON 3002 Building Mechanical and HVAC Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CON 4003 Construction Estimating, Bidding and Value Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 1301 Introduction to Computer Applications
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 1000 Introduction to Civil Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 3042 Water and Wastewater Systems for Land Development
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 3052 Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 4035 Urban Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 4050 Solid and Hazardous Waste
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 4070 Construction Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 4250 Physical Principles of Nuclear Reactors
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 1001 Introduction to Ocean Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4518 Protection of Marine Materials
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4522 Coastal Engineering Processes and Shoreline Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4525 Coastal Engineering Structures
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Additional classes may be substituted in consultation with the student's advisor and course instructor.