Sustainability is a concept that first emerged out of ecology to address the capacity of biological systems to remain diverse and productive over time. A variety of disciplines now use the term to describe continued existence as the condition of the interaction among three things: the natural environment; the economic activity through which we transform it; and society, which both directs and lives from this productive work. Sustainability is, in effect, the idea of a balance between the environment, society, and the economy in which each finds a level that permits the flourishing of the other two. In a sustainable world, economic production proceeds without degrading the environment or society to the point they are no longer diverse and productive. The environment is protected, without stifling economic activity, and society flourishes without sacrificing the interests of future generations for short-term economic growth.

In the Sustainability program at JU, the question of sustainability is addressed by a variety of disciplines: economics, business, biology, chemistry, geology, geography, political science, ethics and philosophy. The common goal of the courses in the major is to encourage students to look at the complex of social, economic and environmental systems as a unity and to enquire into the conditions that will permit all three to flourish. The Sustainability major at JU brings into sharper focus the question asked by education in the liberal arts and sciences: What is the best way of life for free people in a free society? What are the conditions of human flourishing? In other words, how can we harmonize the needs of the environment, the economy, and society to best sustain all three? The courses students will take in the Sustainability major will clearly show how this question relates to the complex challenges we currently face. By uniting courses in business, the sciences, the humanities and the social sciences, the Sustainability major teaches the thinking, skills, and values that prepare students for a wide range of environmental, energy, and policy related jobs. As business, government and non-governmental organizations respond to the complex task of reconciling continued growth with limited natural resources, there will be an increasing need for workers with interdisciplinary training that permits them to grasp these problems in more than one way. The JU sustainability program meets that need by training students in a new interdisciplinary thinking that will prepare them for the challenges of the new millennium.

A seminar series in the sustainability program will bring students in the program together to foster a broad campus-wide interdisciplinary dialogue about sustainability and related issues among students in the major and across the JU campus.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

The BA/BS degree in Sustainability includes the JU Core Curriculum, the Sustainability Major required core, and a Sustainability Major concentration selected from Science & Mathematics, Business & Economics, or Social Sciences & Humanities. All concentrations include mathematics and statistics courses, five (5) concentration courses, and one (1) outside concentration course. Minors must complete seven (7) courses from those required for the Sustainability Major.  The BA/BS degree in Sustainability with concentrations in Science & Mathematics and Social Sciences & Humanities will be awarded by the College of Arts & Sciences.                                                                      

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Sustainability is comprised mainly of existing Davis College of Business courses, as well as some select courses from the College of Arts & Sciences. The major includes the JU Core Curriculum, the Davis College of Business required core, Sustainability Major required courses, and two outside courses (six credit hours). Minors must complete six courses from the Sustainability Major required courses. The BBA degree in Sustainability and the BA/BS degree in Sustainability with a concentration in Business & Economics will be awarded by the Davis College of Business.                                                                             

 

 

BA/BS SUSTAINABILITY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (ARTS AND SCIENCES)

All students must complete the JU Core Curriculum, which includes MATH 110, MATH 112, or MATH 140. One of these Core MATH courses is included in each of the Sustainability concentrations. The Core Laboratory Science course is included in the Sustainability Major required courses. Special topics courses can fulfill major requirements with approval of the sustainability program coordinator. 

Sustainability Major (BA/BS) Required Courses

All Sustainability (BA/BS) majors must complete the following courses:

Code​ Course​ Credit​
BIOL 170/170L​ Introduction to Ecology & Evolution w/Lab​ 4​
​  or MSC 101 Introduction to Marine Science​
CHEM 103​ General Chemistry I​ 4​
​GEOG 450 Geographic Information Systems​ 3​
​MGT 321 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business​ 3​
​PHIL 215 Environmental Ethics​ 3​
​SOC 410 Green Societies​ 3​
​SUST 100 Sustainability Seminar​ .5​
​SUST 200 Sustainability Seminar​ .5​
​SUST/ECON 355 Sustainability​ 3​
​SUST 400WS1 Sustainability Capstone​ 3​
​                                                                                      Total: 27​
  

1 This course can be substituted with a senior capstone course from another major that allows a sustainability component. Approval from the faculty member and Sustainability Program Coordinator needed. An additional WI and/or SI course may be needed to fulfill the JU graduation requirement. 

 

SUSTAINABILITY CONCENTRATIONS

Students majoring in Sustainability (BA/BS) must choose a concentration. The concentration courses include mathematics and statistics courses, five electives in a chosen concentration, and one outside concentration course. In addition to DSIM 301 and MATH 306, at least 4 courses must be at the 300 level or above. Excluding the mathematics and statistics courses, no more that two courses from another major can count towards concentration and outside concentration courses. Students planning to attend graduate school are encouraged to minor or double major from the pool of disciplines contributing courses to the Sustainability major. See the tables of the Approved Lists of Concentration Courses below. 

Science & Mathematics Concentration:

Code Course​ Credit​
MATH 140​ Calculus I​ 4​
MATH 206​ Statistical Methods in Science​ 4 or 3​
  or MATH 306​   or Regression & Analysis of Variance Techniques​
Five (5) concentration courses​ Choose from Table A (Prerequisites may be needed)​ 15-20​
One (1) outside concentration course​ Choose from Table B or C (Prerequisites may be needed)​ 3​
                                                                                                Total:​ 25-31​
 

 

Business & Economics Concentration:

 

Code Course​ Credit​
MATH 1121 Modern Applications of Mathematics (pre: MATH 104)​ 3​
DSIM 3012 Business Statistics 3​
Five (5) concentration courses​ Choose from Table B (Prerequisites may be needed)​ 15​
One (1) outside concentration course​ Choose from Table A or C (Prerequisites may be needed)​ 3-4​
                                                                                                Total:​ 24-25​

 

 

Social Sciences & Humanities Concentration:

 

Code Course​ Credit​
MATH 1101 The Mathematics of Motion and Change 3​
SOC 2113 Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences​ 3​
  or MATH 2054   or Elementary Statistics​
Five (5) concentration courses​ Choose from Table C (Prerequisites may be needed)​ 15​
One (1) outside concentration course​ Choose from Table A or B (Prerequisites may be needed)​ 3-4​
                                                                                                Total:​ 24-25​

Notes:

1Any higher-level mathematics (MATH ) course that includes Calculus will fulfill this Core Curriculum requirement. 
2MATH 205 or any higher-level mathematics (MATH) statistics course will fulfill this Concentration requirement.
3Cross listed as GEOG 211, POL 211, and PSYC 211.  Only for students double majoring in GEOG, POL, PSYC, or SOC.
4For all other majors; MATH 205 or any higher-level mathematics (MATH) statistics course will fulfill this Concentration requirement.

 

Concentration Tables listed below:

Table A: Science & Mathematics Concentration Courses 

Course (Prerequisites listed in parenthesis) Credits 
BIOL 204 Botany(C- or better in BIOL 170 or MSC 101) 4
BIOL 207 Gen Zoology(C- or better in BIOL 170 or MSC 101) 4
BIOL 208 Intro to Cellular, Genetic & Molecular Biology 4
    (C- or better in CHEM 103 and BIOL 170 or MSC 101; co: CHEM 104)​
BIOL 223SI Oral Presentation in Biological Sciences (C- or better in CHEM 103 and BIOL 170 or MSC 101) 3
BIOL 301WI Microbiology(C- or better in BIOL 208, BIOL 223SI or CHEM 311SI, and CHEM 104) 4
BIOL/MSC 302 Invertebrate Biology (C- or better in BIOL 207) 4
BIOL 303 Vertebrate Biology (C- or better in BIOL 207) 4
BIOL 312 Plant Taxonomy (C- or better in BIOL 204, 223SI) 4
BIOL 335 Marine Mammal Biology(C- or better in BIOL 207) 3
BIOL 404 Ecology (C- or better in BIOL 204, 207) 4
BIOL/MSC 412WI Physiological Ecology (C- or better in BIOL 204, 207, 223SI, and CHEM 301 or 304) 4
BIOL/CHEM 425 Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology I (C- or better in BIOL 208 and CHEM 302) 4
BIOL/CHEM 426WI Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology II (C- or better in BIOL/CHEM 425, 223SI) 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II (C or better in CHEM 103) 4
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry (C or better in CHEM 104) 4
CHEM 301 Organic Chemistry I (C or better in CHEM 103, 104) 4
CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry II (C or better in CHEM 301) 4
GEOG 230 Earth Science 3
GEOG 317 Natural Hazards 3
GEOG 411 Dynamic Meteorology 3
MATH 141 Calculus II (C or better in MATH 140) 4
MATH 300 Calculus III (C or better in MATH 141) 3
MATH 305 Mathematical Statistics (C or better in MATH 300) 3
MATH 320 Linear Algebra (C or better in MATH 141) 3
MATH 331 Differential Equations (C or better in MATH 141) 3
MATH 351 Applied Mathematics (C or better in MATH 300 and MATH 331) 3
ME 100 Engineering Orientation 2
ME 300WS Technical Communication (ENGL 103) 3
MSC 307 Marine Geology (C- or better in MSC 101) 3
MSC 310WI Marine Ecology (C- or better in BIOL 204, 207,223SI) 4
MSC 407WI Marine Botany  (C- or better in BIOL 204, 223SI)
4​
MSC 422 Coral Reef Ecology (C- or better in BIOL 204, 207) 4

  

Table B: Business and Economics Concentration Courses
 
Course (Prerequisites listed in parenthesis) Credit 
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACCT 202 Principles of Accounting II (ACCT 201 and C or better in MATH 112 or 140) 3
ACCT 314 Cost-Based Decision Making (C or better in ACCT 201, 202) 3
DSIM 203 Applied Business & Economic Analysis (C or better in CS 150)  3
DSIM 305 Quantitative Business Methods (DSIM 301) 3
DSIM 350 Project Operations Management (Senior status, DSIM 305) 3​
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 201)  3
ECON 304 The Economics of Business Decisions (C or better in ECON 201, 202) 3
ECON 307 Comparative Economic Development (ECON 201 or instructor consent)  3
ECON 365 Survey of Modern Economic Thought (ECON 201, 202; junior or senior status) 3
ECON 381 Economic Policy Analysis (ECON 201, 202) 3
ECON 410 Economics of Globalization (ECON 201, 202) 3
ECON 450 Applied Economic Analysis (Senior status, ECON 304 or 305) 3
ENT 481 Entrepreneurship and the New Economy (Junior status or permission of instructor)  3
ENT 482 Managing and Growing the New Enterprise (Junior status or permission of instructor)  3
ENT/FIN 483 Venture Finance (Junior status or permission of instructor) 3
FIN 301 Corporate Finance (ACCT 202  and ECON 201, 202) 3
FIN 420 Investments (FIN 301) 3​
FIN 435 Financial Management (FIN 301, 305, 420) 3
INB/MKG 341​International Marketing (Junior status and MKG 301) 3​
INB 420 Global Business (MGT 301 or permission of instructor)  3​
MGT 310 Organizational Behavior and Leadership Skills (Junior status) 3
MGT 326 Business, Ethics and Government 3
MGT 408 Org. Design & Change Mgt.  (Junior status and MGT 310) 3
MKG 301 Principles of Marketing (Junior status or permission of instructor)  3
MKG 333 Sales & Consumer Relationship Management (Junior status and MKG 301)                            3​
MKG 336 Consumer Behavior (Junior status and MKG 301) ​ 3​
MKG 438 Marketing Strategy (Senior status and MKG 301) 3

 

 

Table C: Social Science & Humanities Concentration Courses
 
Course (Prerequisites listed in parenthesis) Credit 
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COMM 201SI Introduction to General Speech Communication 3
COMM 215 Public Relations Practices & Procedures (COMM 101 and ENGL 103) 3
COMM 302SI Persuasive Speaking (COMM 201SI) 3
COMM 365 Communication Theory (COMM 101) 3
ENGL 302WI Writing: Exposition (ENGL 103)  3
ENGL 304WI Writing: Argumentation (ENGL 103) 3​
ENGL 306WI Creative Writing (ENGL 103) 3​
GEOG/SOC 311 Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 312 Political Geography 3
GEOG 313 Urban Geography 3
GEOG 314 Population Geography 3
GEOG 331 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
GEOG/POL/PSYC/SOC 420WI Methods of Social Research 3
GEOG 431 Environmental Issues of Florida 3
HUM 344 Modern Culture (ENGL 103, 203)  3
HUM 385 Culture, Science & Technology (ENGL 103, 203) 3
HUM 389 Culture & Social Issues (ENGL 103, 203) 3
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy (PHIL 101 or permission of instructor)  3
PHIL 311 Political Philosophy (PHIL 101 or permission of Instructor)  3
POL 208 International Politics 3
POL 301 International Organizations 3
POL 306 Political Modernization 3
POL 310 Public Policy 3
PSYC 401 Environmental Psychology (sophomore, PSYC 201) 3
SOC 304 Social Problems 3
SOC 325 Public Opinion & Survey Research Methods 3
SOC 440 Personality & Culture 3

 

 


 

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

A minor in sustainability requires the following seven (7) courses:

 

Code​ Course​ Credit​
BIOL 170/170L​ Introduction to Ecology & Evolution w/Lab​ 4​
​  or MSC 101 Introduction to Marine Science​
CHEM 103​ General Chemistry I​ 4​
​GEOG 450 Geographic Information Systems​ 3​
​PHIL 215 Environmental Ethics​ 3​
​SOC 410 Green Societies​ 3​
​SUST 100 or 200 Sustainability Seminar​ .5​
​SUST/ECON 355 Sustainability​ 3​
​                                                                                      Total: 20.5​

 



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BBA SUSTAINABILITY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (DAVIS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS)   Sustainability Major (BBA) Required Courses   All Sustainability (BBA) majors must take the Davis College of Business Core courses (54 credit hours) and the following major courses:   
Code​ Course​ Credit​
BIOL 170/170L​ Introduction to Ecology & Evolution w/Lab​ 4​
​  or MSC 101 Introduction to Marine Science​
CHEM 103​ General Chemistry I​ 4​
​MGT 326 Business, Ethics and Government​ 3​
​SOC 410 Green Societies​ 3​
​SUST 100 Sustainability Seminar​ .5​
​SUST 200 Sustainability Seminar​ .5​
​SUST/ECON 355 Sustainability​ 3​
​SUST 400WS Sustainability Capstone​ 3​
​                                                                                     Subtotal: 21​

 

 AND an additional two (2) courses selected from the following 3-credit hour courses: 

Code​ Course​ Credit​
ACCT 314​ Cost-Based Decision Making ​
​ECON 304 The Economics of Business Decisions
ECON 381 Economic Policy Analysis
​ECON 450 Applied Economic Analysis(pre: ECON 304 or 305)​
​ENT 481 Entrepreneurship and the New Economy​
​ENT 482 Managing and Growing the New Enterprise​
​ENT/FIN 483 Venture Finance​
​FIN 420 Investments (pre: FIN 301)​
​FIN 435 Financial Management 
​INB/MKG 341 International Marketing ​
INB 420​ Global Business​
​MGT 408 Organizational Design and Change Mgt (pre: MGT 310)​
MKG 333​ Sales & Consumer Relations Mgt (pre: junior, MKG 301)​
MKG 336​ Consumer Behavior (pre: junior, MKG 301)​
MKG 438​ Marketing Strategy (pre: senior, MKG 301)​
                                                                                      Subtotal: ​6
​                                                                                             Total: 27​

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS/NOTES:

  • No more than (2) courses from another Davis College of Business major can count towards the Sustainability Major.
  • SUST 400WS can be substituted with a DCOB senior capstone course that allows a sustainability component. Approval from the faculty member and Sustainability Program Coordinator needed.  An additional WI and/or SI course may be needed to fulfill the JU graduation requirement.
  • Special topics courses can fulfill major requirements with the approval of the Sustainability Program Coordinator.

 

 

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

 

A minor in sustainability requires the following six (6) courses:

 

 
Code​ Course​ Credit​
BIOL 170/170L​ Introduction to Ecology & Evolution w/Lab​ 4​
​  or MSC 101 Introduction to Marine Science​
CHEM 103​ General Chemistry I​ 4​
​MGT 326 Business, Ethics and Government 3​
​SOC 410 Green Societies​ 3​
​SUST 100 Sustainability Seminar​ .5​
​SUST/ECON 355 Sustainability​ 3​
​                                                                                      Total: 17.5​

 

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