Chatham University

Sustainability (BSUS) Curriculum

120 credits of coursework are required to complete the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability or the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability.

Students in both the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability or the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability programs have extensive experiential coursework at the Eden Hall Campus, including aquaculture/aquatic biology, agriculture and food, landscape ecology, energy systems, and sustainability assessment. In addition, they will have coursework in environmental health, global change, systems, economics, social justice, and earth systems science. The Bachelor of Science designation is granted to those students who complete requirements for the accelerated Master of Sustainability program. All students will have at least one summer work program at the Eden Hall campus. In addition, there will be some internship and study away (domestic and international) opportunities.

All students who earn an undergraduate degree in the Falk School of Sustainability will also complete general education requirements consistent with university, accreditation, and state requirements. Some of these general education courses are completed through major courses, while others draw on courses taught outside the Falk School. Transfer students will be able to satisfy some or all general education requirements and some major courses with prior coursework.

Students may choose to take four advanced courses during the final year of the program that also count towards the Master of Sustainability program, which they can then earn in one additional calendar year of study.

Program Requirements

+ Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability

SUS100 Sustainable Systems

Through the lens of the natural and cultural history of Eden Hall and its surroundings, students learn about cultural, social, economic, natural and other systems. The course will focus on land use over time, the economic and social drivers and impacts of those land uses, and the implications for environmental wellbeing.

3
SUS102 Foundations of Sustainability

Students examine core concepts of sustainability, and explore its origins, history, and achievements across the globe at multiple scales. Students gain a foundation for more in-depth study of sustainability. Students also focus on their personal conception of sustainability and engage in a sustainability group project linked to community partners.

3
ECN102 Principles of Microeconomics: Decision-Making by the Firm and Consumers

The roles of the consumer and producer are studied in the context of the functioning of the price system in different market structures. Emphasis is placed on the factors that influence the distribution of income (rent, interest, profit, wages) in the economy and the economic influence of women and their purchase decisions in varying economies..

3
SUS504 Principles of Sustainability

This course provides students the skills to understand, communicate, and critique the fundamentals of sustainability at multiple scales and across disciplines and cultures. It explores sustainability's origins and foundations, application, and assessment. We evaluate the inter-relationships among environmental, societal, and economic well-being and the implications on individual and social decision-making.

3
Download the full BSUS Curriculum here.

+ Bachelor of Science in Sustainability

SUS100 Sustainable Systems

Through the lens of the natural and cultural history of Eden Hall and its surroundings, students learn about cultural, social, economic, natural and other systems. The course will focus on land use over time, the economic and social drivers and impacts of those land uses, and the implications for environmental wellbeing.

3
SUS102 Foundations of Sustainability

Students examine core concepts of sustainability, and explore its origins, history, and achievements across the globe at multiple scales. Students gain a foundation for more in-depth study of sustainability. Students also focus on their personal conception of sustainability and engage in a sustainability group project linked to community partners.

3
SUS504 Principles of Sustainability

This course provides students the skills to understand, communicate, and critique the fundamentals of sustainability at multiple scales and across disciplines and cultures. It explores sustainability's origins and foundations, application, and assessment. We evaluate the inter-relationships among environmental, societal, and economic well-being and the implications on individual and social decision-making.

3
Download the full BSUS Curriculum here.