Jul 17, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

Sustainability and Society (B.A.)

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The Sustainability and Society major is a professional program with roots in the liberal arts tradition. The major has a strong career orientation, in which students learn how geographers and planners can be architects of society, studying the dynamic interplay of physical landscape, social, economic, cultural and political forces as they mold the societies in which we live.  Students will learn how the widespread use of geospatial technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), allows government agencies, businesses and non-profits to make better business and planning decisions, to inform developers and policymakers of sustainable business practices and to provide expertise on the adherence to increased regulations. A major in Sustainability and Society can lead to careers within geospatial analysis, cartographic mapping, geodesign, and urban and regional planning.

Program Learning Outcomes


Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Describe, analyze, and apply fundamental concepts and skills in the major domains of geography and regional planning including physical geography, human geography, human-environment interactions, and geographic information science.
  • Explain the major physical features of the Earth and locate examples of the Earth’s major physical features on a map, summarize the major cultural features of the Earth, and locate examples of Earth’s major cultural features on a map.
  • Describe, analyze, and explain the patterns, processes, and interactions of human and physical phenomena.
  • Be proficient in written, verbal, and graphic communication skills applicable to the career field.
  • Learn to use geospatial tools, technologies, and analytical techniques and apply them to the interaction of people and their environments.
  • Understand and apply descriptive and analytical knowledge about map reading, statistics, geospatial technologies to the interaction of people and their environments.
  • Integrate the domains of geography and apply knowledge and skills to issues concerning people, places, and environments.



II. All College Curriculum Courses (39-40 credits)

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar (ACC Connections and W Course) 3 credits                        

III. Open Electives (45 credits)

Note: Four (4) of the open electives (12 credits total) must be additional All College Curriculum (ACC) electives.

Total Credits: 120

Suggested Course Sequence:

First Year (30 credits)

  • Science Elective 3-4 credits
  • One (1) ACC Elective 3 credits
  • One (1) Open Elective 3 credits

Second Year (30 credits)

  • Social World Elective 3 credits
  • Two (2) ACC Electives 6 credits
  • Two (2) Open Electives 6 credits

Third Year (30 credits)

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits (“W” course)
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
  • One (1) ACC Elective 3 credits
  • Four (4) Open Electives 12 credits

Fourth Year (30 credits)

  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Four (4) Open Electives 12 credits

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