Curriculum

Total Credit hours: 125-127 

A PDF version of this information is available in our Curriculum Chart.

New updated curriculum for students entering in Fall 2014: SUST 2.0

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Capstone Seminar: senior students design and implement pilot projects on campus and in the local community to practice strategic job skills. Examples include campus climate change mitigation projects and a pilot program that composts food waste from campus dining facilities.

  • Energy Systems and Politics: students explore energy physics and systems design, while also going on field trips to electricity generating stations and practicing the energy accounting and auditing skills that employers are looking for.

  • Sustainable Food Chains: students learn from local experts working on urban food initiatives and participate in small-group field trips to urban organic farms to get close-up engagement with organizations in Philadelphia that produce sustainable, local ingredients.

  • Study Abroad: options include exploring European sustainability practices in Copenhagen or studying rainforest biodiversity and eco-tourism in Costa Rica.

  • Internships: students gain real-world experience at leading organizations, like doing conservation education at the Philadelphia Zoo or working on environmental compliance at Johnson & Johnson.
YR MAJOR CORE HALLMARKS CORE ELECTIVES
1

Management Foundations

Marketing Foundations

Biology II Lecture and Lab

Fundamentals of Sustainability

The Atmosphere and the Environment

Water Resources

DEC Systems Thinking 

Pathways Seminar

Writing Seminar I: Written Communication

Debating U.S. Issues

Biology I Lecture and Lab

Mathematics

Physical Education or Service Learning (1 credit)

 

2

Chemistry I or General Physics

Sustainable Food Chains

Energy Systems and Politics

Sustainable Planning and Land Use

Environmental Policy

Ecological Economics

Global Diversity

Writing Seminar II: Multimedia Communication

Ethics

Global Citizenship

 

3

Lifecycle Thinking and analysis

Sustainability Metrics and Reporting

Sustainable Technologies for Architecture

Managing Sustainability in Organizations 

[2] Specialization Courses (6 credits)

American Diversity

Debating Global Issues

Sustainability and Development

Free Elective or Internship (3 credits)

4

Geographic Information Systems

Biodiversity

Capstone I: Sustainable Project Management

Capstone II: Sustainable Analysis 

Global Environmental History 

Specialization Course (3 credits)

Capstone Folio Workshop

[3] Free Electives (9 credits)

 Total Credit hours in this curriculum: 124-127