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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 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 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.