Aug 16, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

Environmental Sustainability (B.S.)

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Today’s world faces a myriad of environmental issues related to whether we can sustain ourselves and our civilization into the indefinite future.  Sustainability has come to mean guiding human enterprises in ways that do not damage the environment’s ability to meet human needs. The Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Sustainability at Mount Ida College provides a strong foundation in sciences, social sciences and economics to study environmental and sustainability issues while emphasizing field work. The program exposes students to environmental and sustainability challenges such as growing depletion of resources, climate change, problems posed by invasive species, loss of wildlife, loss of commercial fisheries, exposure to toxic chemicals, and rapidly expanding population, among other problems.  The Bachelor of Science in Environmental sustainability at Mount Ida College prepares students for many career paths and trains them on identifying and studying the issues we face, the difficulties of dealing with them, and ways of seeking solutions.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sustainability are prepared for working as environmental professionals specialized in protecting the environment, managing resources and solving environmental problems. Graduates may pursue careers in industry, government, and non-profit organizations that focus on environmental and sustainability advocacy, management or policy making. The program also prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in the field of environmental sustainability or policy making.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate command of a solid foundation in environmental and sustainability studies;
  • Explain what sustainability means and define its place in the business and political contexts;
  • Apply specialized and general skills and knowledge in identifying environmental and sustainability challenges and in designing solutions;
  • Assess how environmental issues affect the health of businesses, governments, and other organizations;
  • Apply the principles of environmental economics to decision-making;
  • Propose and implement changes in organizational operations in support of sustainability;
  • Guide development and investment decisions in more sustainable directions;
  • Apply broader ethical, social, legal, and environmental issues in organizational decision-making;
  • Demonstrate competence in appropriate technology and research information literacy;
  • Practice well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills


Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of ES, BI, and SC) in this major.

Progression in Program

The minimum passing grade for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of BI, SC and ES) is C- in this major.

Any student who receives a D+ or lower twice in any BI, SC or ES course will be terminated from the program.

The Department Chair and the School Dean, in consultation with the Office of Academic Affairs, will review the standing of any student whose record and/or performance may indicate termination from the Program. Review will take place at the end of every semester. A student may be terminated from the Program whenever his/her academic performance warrants such action on the basis of the above listed criteria.



II. Other Required Courses (18 credits)

III. All College Curriculum Courses (27 credits)


  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits

IV. Open Electives (15 credits)

Five (5) Electives to be chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Total Credits: 123


All College Curriculum:
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

Second Year (30 credits)

Third Year (30 credits)

  • One (1) Required Environmental Science Core Elective course 3 credits
  • Historical Understanding or Literature Elective 3 credits

Fourth Year (30 credits)

  • One (1) Required Environmental Science Core Elective course 3 credits

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