Environmental and Sustainability Studies


Environmental Sustainability is a field that focuses on how societies can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Studies program is designed to produce graduates that have both the knowledge and skills to address environmental and social crises. Complex issues, such as renewable energy, climate change, recycling, and environmental security, requires an interdisciplinary education that weaves together science and social science disciplines. Graduates of this program are well prepared for careers in all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and businesses.

Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1113Precalculus Mathematics3
Area B: Institutional Options
Beginning Fall 2022, incoming (entering) students with 29 hours or fewer college credits will take only a Perspectives course for their one-hour Area B credit.
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
One of the following electives:1
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards (Recommended)
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Health and Wellness Concepts
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Race and Ethnicity in America
PRSP Elective (See advisor)
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Choose one or two ENGL course(s)3-6
Topics in Literature & Culture
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Intro to Film as Literature
If only one ENGL course chosen, add one of the following:0-3
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
One of the following Laboratory Science Sequences:8
Principles of Geology
and Geology & the Environment
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics II
MATH 1401Elementary Statistics3
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
Two of the following electives:6
Intro to Cultural Anthropology (Recommended)
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography (Recommended)
Intro to Human Geography (Recommended)
Intro to Physical Geography (Recommended)
World Civilization to 1500 CE
World Civilization since 1500
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Area F: Major Related
BIOL 1107KPrinciples of Biology I4
BUSA 2106The Environment of Business3
CHEM 1211KPrinciples of Chemistry I4
CHEM 1212KPrinciples of Chemistry II4
SUST 2000Intro Envir Sustainability *3
UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENTS (Grades of C or higher required)
Environmental and Sustainability Core
BIOL 1108KPrinciples of Biology II4
ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
SUST 3000Political Ecology3
SUST 3500Environ Policies, Rules & Regu3
SUST 4000Senior Seminar2
SUST 4100Water Resources3
SUST 4200Energy Sustainability3
SUST 4300Waste and Recycling3
SUST Electives9
Environmental Security
Sustainable Cities
Climate and Society
Sustain. Transport & Mobility
Spec Top Envir. Sustainability
STM Electives27
Students are strongly encouraged to choose appropriate STM electives to earn a minor in Biology or Chemistry.
Choose at least four classes from this group.
Plant Biology
Conservation Biology
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Quantitative Analysis
Environmental Chemistry
Choose remaining classes from this group.
Ethical Issues in Science
Science and Society
Invertebrate Zoology
Freshwater Ecology
Field Biology Techniques
Special Topics in US History **
Calculus and Analytic Geom I
Calculus and Analytic Geom II
Biological Statistics
Environmental Security
Sustainable Cities
Climate and Society
Sustain. Transport & Mobility
Internship Environmental Susta
Spec Top Envir. Sustainability
Total Hours120

SUST 2000 is the pre-requisite for all SUST courses and must be successfully completed before taking other SUST courses.


HIST 3960 is allowed only when the topic is Environmental History. If this course is taken, please notify the Registrar's Office so credit can be applied toward your program of study.