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Sustainability Opportunities

A rigorous sustainability program can open the door to some of the most important career paths in the emerging century.  Florida Tech offers multi-disciplinary education via a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability Studies or a Minor in Sustainability.  We use innovative courses, systems thinking skills, and applied final research projects to build real-world expertise in your areas of interest.  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 science and technology strengths with customized business and social science courses to produce graduates who can operate across multiple disciplines. Concentrations include: Technology & Engineering; Business & Economics; Environmental Sciences; and Social Sciences. Student sustainability research projects are helping to spearhead major initiatives on-campus and around the Space Coast.

Program information is available at Major Planning and Elective Guide. The major planning form (top right) is used to plan courses among four concentration areas: Environmental Science, Business & Economics, Technology & Engineering, and Social Science. All major and minor students do an applied capstone research project, many with regional nonprofits, governments or businesses. Please contact Sustainability@fit.edu for more information.  

Sustainability Courses and Minor Program

Primary SUS courses are summarized below.  The Minor in Sustainability is available to undergraduates from any Florida Tech college.  Since 2010, students from over 25 majors have completed this program. The minor consists of seven courses: 3 required SUS courses, 7-9 cr total, and 3 elective courses, 9 cr total.  With planning, most students can use most of their minor courses as electives or required major courses.  

Introduction to Sustainability (SUS 1500, 3 cr)   In this fall semester gateway course, best practices in sustainability are examined among diverse disciplines at international through local scales (SUS 1500 syllabus).  No prerequisites.  

Systems, Governance and Sustainability (SUS 3250, 3 cr) is a systems science course for majors and minors in the spring semester.  We examine diverse innovations that advance sustainability by decomposing complexity.  The prerequisite is SUS 1500.  More information in the SUS 3250 Syllabus .

Sustainability Project Design (SUS 3999, 1-3 cr)   This course is required for all major and minor students as part of the two-semester capstone research project.  The focus on building marketable project management skills applies far beyond this specific course and project.  Available in fall semesters.  Prerequisite: SUS 1500.  SUS 3999 syllabus.  

Applied Sustainability (SUS 4000, 3 cr)   Taken during the spring semester of the junior or senior year, students synthesize and apply what they have learned in SUS 3999 and other courses to a sustainability capstone research project on or off-campus, with a focus on their areas of interest.  Prerequisites:  SUS 1500, SUS 3999.  SUS 4000 syllabus.  

Electives for the Sustainability Minor  For the remaining  3 electives, students take 1 course within each of these 3 topic areas (9 cr total):  Environmental Sciences,  Business, and Technology and Engineering.  Florida Tech has over 80 eligible courses among the sustainability topic areas: Minor Planning and Elective Guide.  Programs with courses that have student learning outcomes involving sustainability issues include: Programs with SUS learning outcomes.     

Questions?  Sustainability Major or Minor Programs

Contact us anytime with questions on our sustainability degree, minor program, or anything else.  E-mail sustainability@fit.edu, call 321.674.7370, set up a Zoom or visit Rm 103, Shephard Bldg.  Also see our Instagram and Facebook pages.   

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 across scales;
  • synthesize and apply an understanding of sustainability through transdisciplinary research projects on and off-campus; and
  • generate STEM scholars and entrepreneurs who are prepared to innovate improved sustainability practices across systems.