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Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Studies

Sustainability professionals use combinations of interdisciplinary skills to create and manage complex social, environmental and economic systems within a wider 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 who 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 of the university catalog.

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 CREDITS
ASC 1000 University Experience 1
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course 3
ISC 1500  Introduction to Sustainability 3
MTH 1001  Calculus 1 4
    14

 

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2 4
BUS 1801 Global Business Perspectives 3
COM 1102  Writing About Literature 3
MTH 1002  Calculus 2 4
  Technical Elective 3
    17

Sophomore Year

FALL CREDITS
BUS 2303 Macroeconomics 3
CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 4
COM 2223  Scientific and Technical Writing 3
HUM 2051  Civilization 1 3
PHY 1001 Physics 1 4
    17

 

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 2801 Biometry 4
CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2 4
PHY 2002  Physics 2 4
  Humanities Core Course* 3
    15

Junior Year

FALL CREDITS
ENS 4300 Renewable Energy and the Environment 3
  Concentration Course 3
  Concentration Course (Environmental Sciences) 3
  Concentration Course (Social Sciences) 3
  Technical Elective 3
    15

 

SPRING CREDITS 
HUM 3385 Special Topics in History 3
ISC 3200 Nonprofit Corporate Operations 3
  Concentration Courses 6
  Concentration Course (Business and Economics) 3
    15

Senior Year

FALL CREDITS
BUS 4426 Environmental and Resource Economics 3
ISC 3999 Sustainability Project Design 1
  Concentration Course 3
  Concentration Course (Business and Economics) 3
  Concentration Course (Social Sciences) 3
  Concentration Course (Technology and Engineering) 3
    16

 

SPRING CREDITS 
ISC 4000  Applied Sustainability 3
ISC 4350 Sustainability Economics 3
  Concentration Course 3
  Concentration Course (Environmental Sciences) 3
  Concentration Course (Technology and Engineering) 3
    15

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 124

*Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 1: Renaissance Through Modern
HUM 2142 World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial
HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1
HUM 2213 British and American Literature 2
HUM 2331 American History: Pre-Columbian to Civial War Era
HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present

Concentration Courses

Business and Economics
BUS 2304  Microeconomics 3
BUS 2601 Legal and Social Environments of Business 3
BUS 2602  Environmental Law and Forensic Studies 3
BUS 3605  Consumer Behavior 3
BUS 3801 Cross-Cultural Management 3
BUS 3802  Global Macroeconomic Issues 3
BUS 4219 Globalization and Corporate Social Responsibility 3
BUS 4425 Environmental and Urban Planning 3
BUS 4503  Business Ethics 3
BUS 4504  Special Topics in Management 3
BUS 4520  Leadership Theory and Practice 3
BUS 4701  International Business 3
BUS 4801 International Trade 3
Environmental Sciences   
BIO 2935  Field Biology and Ecology/Smoky Mountains 3
BIO 2955  Field Biology and Ecology/Coral Reefs 3
BIO 3410  General Ecology 4
BIO 3510  Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 3601  Field Methods in Fisheries Science 3
BIO 3625 Molluscan Aquaculture 3
BIO 3940  Tropical Marine Ecology 3
BIO 4030  Conservation Biology 3
BIO 4410 Community Ecology 4
BIO 4421  Neotropical Archeoecology 3
BIO 4515  Ecology of Coral Reefs 3
BIO 4517 Introduction to Modeling for Ecology and Biology 4
BIO 4530  Biology of Fishes 4
BIO 4620  Fish Aquaculture and Management 4
BIO 4641  Biology of Marine Mammals 3
BIO 4720  Marine Ecology 4
ENS 3101  Atmospheric Environments 3
ENS 4001

The Earth System: Science, Engineering, Management and Education

3
ENS 4004  Aquatic Environmental Toxicology 3
ENS 4010  Geographic Information Systems 3
ENS 4700  Environmental Hydrology 3
ENS 4701  Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment 3
MET 4310  Climatology 3
MTH 2332  Primer for Biomath 1
OCN 1010 Oceanography 3
OCN 2407 Meteorology 3
OCN 2602  Environmental Geology 3
OCN 3101  Biological Oceanography 3
OCN 3111  Biological Oceanography Laboratory 1
OCN 3201 Marine and Environmental Chemistry 3
OCN 3211  Marine and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory 1
OCN 3301  Geological Oceanography 3
OCN 3311 Geological Oceanography Laboratory 1
OCN 4102  Marine and Estuarine Phytoplankton 3
OCN 4103  Marine and Estuarine Zooplankton 3
OCN 4104 Marine and Estuarine Benthos 3
OCN 4106  Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems 3
OCN 4204  Marine and Environmental Pollution 3
Social Sciences  
BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
COM 3242  Journalism 3
COM 3425 Mass Communication 3
COM 4130  Global Communication 3
HUM 1540  Ethics 3
HUM 2480 Introduction to Political Science 3
HUM 2570  Bioethics 3
HUM 3085 Special Topics in Humanities 3
HUM 3351  History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval 3
HUM 3352  History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present 3
HUM 3485 Special Topics in Social Science 3
HUM 3521  World Religions 3
PSY 1411  Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology 3
PSY 2541  Group Behavior 3
PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation 3
PSY 3441  Social Psychology 3
PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership 3
PSY 3543  Psychology of the Workplace 3
PSY 4541  Culture and Psychology 3
Technology and Engineering   
AVM 3201 Aviation Planning 3
AVM 3202  Airport Design 3
AVS 2402 Introduction to Aviation Environmental Science 3
AVS 4402  Aviation Sustainability 3
CHE 3170  Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
CHM 2001  Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHM 4222  Environmental Chemistry 3
CON 1004 Construction Plan Reading 2
CON 2001  Construction Methods and Operations 3
CON 3002  Building Mechanical and HVAC Systems 3
CON 4003 Construction Estimating, Bidding and Value Engineering 3
CSE 1301  Introduction to Computer Applications 3
CVE 1000  Introduction to Civil Engineering 3
CVE 3042  Water and Wastewater Systems for Land Development 3
CVE 3052  Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems 3
CVE 4035 Urban Hydrology 3
CVE 4050  Solid and Hazardous Waste 3
CVE 4070  Construction Engineering 3
MAE 4250  Principles of Nuclear Reactors 3
OCE 1001 Introduction to Ocean Engineering 3
OCE 4518  Protection of Marine Materials 3
OCE 4522 Coastal Engineering Processes and Shoreline Design 3
OCE 4525 Coastal Engineering Structures 3

Additional classes may be substituted in consultation with the student’s advisor and course instructor.