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Degree Granted: Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Business (B.S.S.B.) Sustainable Business Major
Sustainable Business is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating science, business, and environmental studies. Sustainable business practices improve long-term profitability, the health of natural systems, and the social infrastructure of our world community. A student completing the B.S. in Sustainable Business will be prepared for a career in private industry, nonprofit organizations, government, or for graduate-level studies in sustainable business or a related discipline. Students must obtain a grade of C or higher in each required course to count toward a major or minor concentration in Sustainable Business. Students must complete 65 semester hours of major courses as follows:

Major Requirements

Number Title Semester Offered Hours
AG 210 Principles of Accounting - Financial Fall, Spring 4
AG 211 Principles of Accounting - Managerial Fall, Spring 4
BS 201 Principles of Management Fall, Spring, 3
BS 202 Principles of Marketing Fall, Spring, Summer 3
BS 305 Financial Management Fall, Spring, Summer 3
BS 325 Ethics and the Ecology of Commerce Fall, Spring 3
BY 123 Environmental Biology Fall, Spring 3
CN 101 Introduction to Communication Fall, Spring 3
CY 101 Environmental Chemistry Fall, Spring 3
EL 100 Intro to Environmental Studies Fall, Spring, Summer 3
EL 301 Advanced Environmental Studies Spring 3
ES 214 Microeconomics Fall, Spring, Summer 3
PC 291 Physical Science Fall, Spring 3
Required Sustainable Business Courses:
SB 100 Industrial Ecology Fall 3
SB 201 Sustainable Business Management Spring 3
SB 315 Building Social Capital Fall 3
SB 320 Sustainable Business Innovations Lab Spring 3
SB 395 Cases in Sustainable Business Spring 3
SB 397 Internship Fall, Spring, Summer 3-6
Must select two of the next six elective courses:
SB 200 Sustainable Energy Systems Spring 3
SB 202 Environmental Regulatory Compliance Varies 3
SB 203 Sustainable Business in Corporations Spring 3
SB 204 Sustainability Reporting and Metrics Fall 3
SB 300 Environmental Economics and Policy Fall 3
SB 330 International Perspectives in Sustainable Business Spring 3
Sustainable Business Minor Requirements
The following 28 semester hours of courses:
EL 301 CY 101 SB 100
SB 201 SB Elective (SB 200, 202, 300, 310, 320 or 395) BS 201
BS 202 AG 211 SB 315
Certificate Information
The following 18 hours of courses:*
EL 100 EL 301 SB 100
SB 201 SB 315 BS 201

Course Descriptions

AG 210 Principles of Accounting - Financial (4)
  Introduction to financial accounting and its application to the reporting needs of organizations. Topics include basic accounting processes and procedures, the accounting cycle, internal control, and the valuation and measurement of accounts receivable, inventory, operating and intangible assets, liabilities and capital stock transactions.
AG 211 Principles of Accounting - Managerial (4)
  A continuation of AG 210 dealing with financial reporting requirements and use of accounting information for planning, control and decision making. Topics include statement of cash flows, cost behavior analysis, product costing and budgets. Prerequisite: AG 210.
BS 200 Fundamentals of the Organization for the Non-Major (3)
  An overview course which introduces the student to the functions of management, marketing, accounting, finance, and economics. Business principles, concepts, theories, and terms, together with ethics and values, are examined both academically and experientially.
BS 201 Principles of Management (3)
  The focus is on the origin and development of management theory, processes of management, decision making, leadership, communication, social responsibility, and international management. Emphasis on application of management principles to managing organizations.
BS 202 Principles of Marketing (3)
  An introduction to basic marketing concepts, including marketing strategy, pricing, promotional activities, product development, and physical distribution.
BS 305 Financial Management (3)
  Covers the concepts and techniques underlying effective decision making related to investment and financial decisions. Some of the topics include planning profitability, analysis of risk, valuation of financial assets, time value of money, cost of capital, capital budgeting, planning capital structure and dividend decisions. Prerequisite:  AG 210 or 213, ES 214, MS 151, CS 152
BS 325 Ethics and the Ecology of Commerce (3)
  This course reviews classical positions in ethics as well as current Catholic social teaching in the areas of morality and the role of business. This course explores the relationships between the business institutions and the natural ecology. Environmental impacts are explored in terms of raw material extraction, pollution, and methods of costing and the long term sustainability of economic growth.  Mechanisms for full costing are explored, as are market growth opportunities, which may be found in the impetus for pollution control and environmental clean up. Regional, national, and international aspects are considered with particular emphasis on the development of international agreements.
BY 123 Environmental Biology (3)
  Introduction to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, with emphasis on human influences. Field experience based labs.
CN 101 Introduction to Communication (3)
  Theory and methods of intra personal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, intercultural, and mass communication.
CY 101 Environmental Chemistry (3)
  Application of chemical concepts to ecosystems; implications of chemical technology to the social and physical environment. Prerequisites: High school chemistry recommended
EL 100 Intro to Environmental Studies (3)

An introduction to natural processes and the human impacts upon the natural environment.  Specific components include human population trends, soil and water issues, energy strategies, atmospheric issues, and pollution.

EL 301 Advanced Environmental Studies (3)
  In depth examination of human population growth, energy shortages, soil degradation, pollution, and environmental economics.  Prerequisites: EL 100 or BY 123
ES 214 Microeconomics (3)
  Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics, to basics of supply and demand, to concepts and models used to understand the economic behavior of households and firms, to economic outcomes under various market structures, and to market failures and international trade.
PC 291 Physical Science (3)
  An introduction to physics and astronomy for non-science majors. Lab and lecture experiences are integrated within regular class meetings.  Recommended for elementary education majors and those students who wish to acquire a broad perspective on these two areas of physical science.
SB 100 Industrial Ecology (3)
  This course examines the advantages of nature-based industrial systems for humankind and the natural community. Intelligent approaches to sustainable energy and material systems are outlined and discussed. A wide variety of organizations that have begun a serious transition toward sustainable business practices are examined. Prerequisites: EL301 and BS201.
SB 200 Sustainable Energy Systems (3)

This course utilizes a systems perspective to examine the possibilities for sustainable energy production and consumption throughout the 21st Century and beyond. First, we will explore the foundations of energy - its physics, how we account for energy, and concepts of energy efficiency and effectiveness. Next, an overview of our current energy production and consumption will be presented, along with some of the environmental, economic and social impacts and challenges encountered at regional, national and global levels, such as climate change, carbon sequestration, mobility, energy conservation and national security. We will also examine energy scenarios for the future and how existing and theoretical energy technologies such as biomass, hydrogen, wind, solar (including photovoltaics), geothermal, hydropower, ocean and tidal power and others are reshaping energy utilization and management for businesses and the communities in which they operate.

SB 201 Sustainable Business Management (3)
  We will examine intelligent approaches for provisioning goods and services that result in long-term business profitability, restored natural world integrity, and the emergence of vibrant and stable communities. We will discuss the variety of components and strategies necessary for meaningful sustainable business and successful real-world organization transitions inside the movement. Prerequisites: SB100.
SB 202 Environmental Regulatory Compliance (3)
  Regulatory compliance strategies for business on local, state, and federal levels are outlined. Strategies for bringing small, medium, and large businesses in compliance with air, water, and solid-waste pollution regulations are discussed. Prerequisites: EL 100.
SB 300 Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
  This course examines micro economic theory and models of environmental economics such as common property resources, externalities, environmental accounting, contingent valuation, and maximum sustainable yield along with the complex economic and social impacts of environmental policy. Prerequisites: EL100
SB 310 Special Topics in Sustainable Business (3)
  Variable topics in Sustainable Business offered on an occasional basis.
SB 315 Building Social Capital (3)
  This course examines the role of social capital in building sustainable organizations and communities. The key elements and various forms of social capital will be explored by looking at the different ways that communities develop and how the human relationship with ecological systems can be sustained and enhanced. Ways to measure social capital will also be addressed in order to strengthen the understanding of this component of sustainable business and foster its application in the workplace. Prerequisite: SB100 or permission of instructor.
SB 320 Sustainable Business Innovations Lab (3)
  We will investigate and deploy triple top-line entrepreneurial innovation, effective organizational design, workplace innovation application skills, and research/analysis methods through in-class discussions as well as practice based projects. Prerequisites: SB100, 201, and 315
SB 330 International Perspectives in Sustainable Business (3)

This course examines the deployment of sustainable business practices around the world. Class discussions, lectures and assignments will explore  the variety of sustainable business models and practices which may be found in differently developing countries and regions, as well as introduce the complexities of a practicing sustainable business in a globalizing world. Students will be challenged to analyze the significance of cultural, political, and socioeconomic contents in designing products, processes, and business strategies and models which will further sustainable business criteria. Each semester, a particular  region/country receives more intense examination, culminating  with a ten-twelve  day field visit to that region/country immediately  following the end of the semester. A required field component for the course takes place  in various  locations throughout the regions/country. To participate in this required field component, students must complete the required forms and submit payments according to the dates outlined in the “Study Abroad for International Perspectives in Sustainable Business” contract and other materials posted for this field component on Course Connect.

Prerequisites: SB100  and SB315  or permission of instructor.

SB 395 Case Studies in Sustainable Business (3)

This course surveys organizations that effectively lead the way to a sustainable system of commerce. Expectations for and the role of the sustainable business practitioner are discussed.

Prerequisite: SB201, and SB315.

SB 397 Internship (3-6)

The student works with a business or organization during a selected semester to improve its sustainable business practices.

Prerequisites: SB201, SB315, and approval of Department Chair.
SB 398 Readings in Sustainable Business (3)

Individually negotiated list of readings in sustainable business as established by contract between the student and professor. contracts are filed with the Registrar.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair.

SB 399 Independent Project (3)

Individually negotiated project established by contract between student and professor. Contracts filed with Registrar.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair.

  *At least 50% of courses applied to a graduate program are courses designed for graduate work, rather than undergraduate courses credited toward a graduate degree