Sustainable Business at Aquinas College

Sustainable Business Minor

Minor Requirements: Thirty-three (33) semester hours.

  • At least twelve (12) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • Courses for the SB minor that are already counting toward another major or minor area of study may not be counted toward the SB minor.
  • Please contact the Sustainable Business Department Chairperson to develop a personalized "alternative satisfaction" plan. 
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the minor.
AG210 Principles of Accounting I 4.0
AG211 Principles of Accounting II 4.0
BS201 Principles of Management 3.0
BS202 Principles of Marketing 3.0
CS152 Spreadsheets 1.0
EL100 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3.0
EL301 Advanced Environmental Studies 3.0
SB100 Industrial Ecology 3.0
SB201 Sustainable Business Management 3.0
SB315 Building Social Capital 3.0
One (1) Sustainable Business elective courses (see catalog for list)


  • AG210 Principles of Accounting I (4) SS1

    Introduction to financial accounting and its application to the reporting needs of organizations. Topics include basic accounting processes and procedures, financial statement preparation and analysis, internal control, and the recognition and measurement of accounts included in financial reports. Recommended: MS114. Pre/Corequisite: CS152.

  • AG211 Principles of Accounting II (4) SS1

    An introduction to managerial accounting concepts and the use of accounting information for planning, control, and decision-making. Topics include costing of products and services, cost volume-profit analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation, and costs relevant to decision-making. Prerequisites: AG210, CS152

  • BS201 Principles of Management (3) SS1

    The focus is on the study of 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.

  • BS202 Principles of Marketing (3)

    An introduction to basic marketing concepts, including marketing strategy, pricing, promotional activities, product development, and physical distribution. Sophomore status required for traditional age students. Recommended: ES 211.

  • CS152 Spreadsheets (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers basic spreadsheet functions such as simple formulas, formatting, and print layout using Microsoft Excel. Course projects introduce skills using a variety of formulas and basic functions, charts, and absolute addressing. This course would be beneficial to any students with a desire to analyze numerical data, manage finances, perform simple statistics, or generate charts and graphs.

  • EL100 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3) NN

    Introduction to principles of environmental relations and processes; survey of environmental literature.

  • EL301 Advanced Environmental Studies (3)

    In depth examination of toxins and waste, natural systems and services, biodiversity, energy issues, climate change, and environmental policy Prerequisite: EL100 or BY123. This course is not accepted for Social Science or Natural World General Education credit.

  • SB100 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 transition toward sustainable business practices are examined. Prerequisites: EL301 and BS201. This course is not accepted for the Social Science Distribution requirement.

  • SB201 Sustainable Business Management (3)

    The course examines 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 strategies and components necessary for effective sustainable business management and successful real-world organization transitions inside the movement. Prerequisite: SB100.

  • SB315 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.