Sustainability Foundations (Fall, 4 credit hours)
This course establishes the critical connections between those separate but important understandings of sustainability, defining the movement from an integrated, systems-based perspective. Students will develop a basic understanding of how critical concepts from social work, business, engineering, public policy and other disciplines converge when addressing the challenges that sustainability/environmental related problems pose in society. A critical component of this course will be the development of students' foundational ethical reasoning skills, enabling them to apply Saint Louis University's humanistic perspective on sustainability when contemplating issues and potential solutions. Offered every Fall.
Sustainable Business Practices (Fall, 3 credit hours)
In today's complex business environment, organizations are constantly challenged to develop and execute innovative policies, processes and activities that insure profitable growth. This course explores methods for organizations to pursue economic development while protecting the environment. Operational topics such as measuring environmental foot prints, the emergence of eco-technologies and greening of the supply chain are explored within a local and global context. Offered every Fall.
Environmental Aspects of Sustainability (Spring, 3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the environmental aspects of sustainability. Topics include: environmental sustainability, laws; population, environmental impact; biodiversity and ecosystems; climate change, air pollution; solid and hazardous waste management; water resources/pollution; renewable energy, mineral and soil resources. The course also introduces geospatial techniques critical in studying environmental issues with real-world projects. Offered every Spring.
Sustainability in Society and Culture (Spring, 3 credit hours)
In this course we explore policy questions at the global, national, and local scale, developing a well-rounded understanding of terms and concepts used to describe sustainable development. With this broader understanding students will be able to more fully appreciate universal conflicts that are present in the classic environment/economy debate. Offered every Spring.
The sustainability capstone gives students practical experience in sustainability related projects, research, public or community service, and/or business enterprise. It is designed to help students integrate diverse forms of knowledge gained throughout the program, develop social and technical career skills, foster a sense of civic empowerment, and provide workplace experience. For more details on the structure and organization of the capstone please see: Sustainability Capstone.
Capstone I is an introduction to the capstone process and structure. In this course students identify and develop their capstone projects including selecting a faculty advisor, submitting a clearly focused problem statement developing research questions and a general project plan, and completing an Institutional Review Board (IRB) application if the work involves human subjects or interviews containing identifiable personal information for publication.
In Capstone II, students execute the plan developed in Capstone I and compile their research into a final report and/or submission for publication.