Curriculum

Total Credit hours: 124-127 

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 and Marketing Foundations

Biology II Lecture and Lab

Fundamentals of Sustainability

The Atmosphere and the Environment

Water Resources and the Environment

Systems Thinking 

Pathways Seminar

Writing Seminar I: Written Communication

Debating U.S. Issues

Biology I Lecture and Lab

Finite Mathematics

 

2

Physics I

Sustainable Food Chains

Energy Systems and Politics

Sustainable Land Use and Planning

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 

Sustainable Development in the Non-Western World

American Diversity

Debating Global Issues

Sustainability and Development

Career Specialization Courses (6 credits)

4

Geographic Information Systems

Biodiversity

Environmental History

Capstone I: Sustainability Project Management

Capstone II: Sustainability Analysis 

Capstone Folio Workshop

Career Specialization course (3 credits)

Internship or Additional Career Specialization Course (3 credits)

[3] Free Electives (6 credits)

 Total Credit hours in this curriculum: 124-127