Florida Institute of Technology

Applied Sustainability Education

A sustainability degree or minor can open the door to some of the most important and marketable specialties available in the 21st century.  Florida Tech offers  multi-disciplinary sustainability education via a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability Studies and a Minor in Sustainability.  We use innovative courses, systems thinking skills, and applied projects to unravel the complexity and build real-world expertise in your areas of interest.  Final projects use a campus classroom model:  students address university sustainability challenges to develop marketable skills for diverse occupations.  What over 750 global CEOs think:  future prospects in sustainability.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainability Studies

Florida Tech's major program in Sustainability Studies expands on our well-known science and engineering strengths and combines customized business and social science courses to produce sustainability degree graduates who can operate across multiple disciplines in the 21st century.  Four concentrations are offered:  Technology & Engineering; Business & Economics; Environmental Sciences; and Social Sciences.   Student capstone projects required for the sustainability degree and the minor program are helping to spear-head sustainability initiatives on-campus and around the Space Coast.

Program information is available in the Major Planning and Elective Guide and at Sustainability Studies.  The major planning and electives form is used to plan diverse concentration courses among four concentration areas for the sustainability degree:  Environmental SciencesTechnology/Engineering, Business, and Social Sciences/Humanities.  Please contact Sustainability Education Program for more information on any question.  Over 50 job descriptions:  University Sustainability Professionals.   

Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability

Florida Tech’s Minor in Sustainability is available to undergraduates from any College - Science, Business, Engineering, Aviation, and Psychology/Liberal Arts.  Since 2010, students from over 15 majors from all five colleges have completed this program. For students entering Florida Tech before Fall 2014, the minor consists of 6 courses (2 required, 4 elective) that total 18 credits.  Students entering in Fall 2014 or after take an additional 1 credit course (19 credits total), Sustainability Project Design. With planning, many students can use most of their minor courses as electives for their major.  The required courses for the minor, below, are also fundamental to the sustainability major degree program:

Introduction to Sustainability (ISC 1500, 3 credits)   This fall semester course is available for students enrolled in the Sustainability Major or Minor and also for students not in either program but interested in sustainability.  Sustainable practices are examined among diverse specialities at international through local levels following the ISC 1500 syllabus.  No prerequisites.  Instructor: Dr. K. Lindeman.

Sustainability Project Design (ISC 3999, 1 credit)   This course is required for minor students who entered in or after Fall 2014 to further advance preparation for the capstone project in ISC 4000.  The focus on building project management skills applies far beyond this specific class.  Available in fall semesters.  Prerequisite: ISC 1500.  ISC 3999 syllabus.  

Applied Sustainability (ISC 4000, 3 credits)   Taken during the spring semester of the junior or senior year, students synthesize and apply what they have learned in other ISC courses and eligible electives (see below) to create hands-on sustainability products in their areas of interest.  The class can also be taken by students not in the sustainability degree program or the minor.  Prerequisites:  ISC 1500, ISC 3999.  ISC 4000 syllabus.  

Electives for the Sustainability Minor (12 credits)   For the remaining 4 electives, students take 1 course within each of these 4 topic areas:  Environmental Sciences,  BusinessTechnology, and  Social Sciences/Humanities.  FIT has over 80 eligible courses among the 4 sustainability education topic areas that can be viewed here:  Minor Electives List.    

Enrolling in Sustainability Major or Minor Programs

Evaluate your courses and scheduling using either the Major Planning and Elective Guide or the Minor Course Planning Form and minor electives list.  Then finalize course planning forms with the Dept. of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies.  Questions on our sustainability degree or minor program?  E-mail Sustainability Program, call 321.674.7370, or visit. Rm 103, Shephard Bldg, South Jungle. 

Florida Tech's Sustainability Degree and Minor Programs have five primary objectives: 

  • increase student knowledge of concepts and best practices associated with sustainability;
  • improve student understanding of the relevance of sustainability within their areas of study;
  • increase awareness of systems analysis involving environment, social, and economic solutions to select problems at several scales;
  • synthesize and apply understanding of sustainability through interdisciplinary projects on and off campus; and
  • generate applied scholars who are prepared to employ best sustainability practices and innovate across systems.