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The Minor in Managing for Sustainability

This minor is open to non-Business majors as well as students majoring in Business.

Course Requirements for the Minor: 18 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Using a combination of theory and application, this course focuses on the human side of organizations, including issues of 1) making good decisions, 2) enhancing performance, 3) steering through a turbulent global environment, 4) combining and unifying multiple business functions and 5) enabling change. Students gain an understanding of management and how and why organizations are structured. The themes of quality, technology, ethics, and adaptation are emphasized. 3 hours lecture. (005704)
Prerequisites: MGMT 303.
This course examines the ways in which organizations can be managed to meet the triple bottom line: profit, ethical treatment of workers, and environmental sustainability. Students learn to analyze organizational impacts and develop practices that foster a balanced ecosystem as well as organizational effectiveness. 3 hours lecture. (020231)
Prerequisites: MGMT 303 or faculty permission.
Creating team effectiveness and developing project management skills. Includes coverage of the nine project management body of knowledge areas required for professional certification by PMI, the professional code of ethics, and the benefits of diversity on team performance. The course requires use of information technology including spreadsheets, Web-based file storage and sharing, electronic presentations and use of project management software. 3 hours lecture. (005731)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Geographic analysis of humanity's interaction with the environment. Examines natural and human systems, resources, population, energy, and pollution. Develops an appreciation of the beauty, balance, and complexity of natural systems and human success in attaining harmony with them. Enhances awareness and perception of each individual's role in and with the environment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003873)
This course views the environment as shaped by human societies, where competing values and interest play out. Controversial issues such as population growth , pollution, global warming, and sprawl are examined. As well as public policies and corporate practices, and individual habits that promote solutions. 3 hours lecture. (008963)

2 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of lower-division core or faculty permission.
An interdisciplinary treatment of physical and biological environments used for agriculture. Historical and ecological nature of agriculture its impact on the landscape and society. Comparison of sustainable and non-sustainable agricultural practices. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000206)
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of sustainability. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the interaction of the built environment with natural systems, and the role of technical and non-technical (economic, ecological, ethical) issues in shaping engineering decisions. Issues such as green buildings/developments, renewable energies, and concrete's role in helping to meet LEED certification are discussed. This course is open to engineers and non-engineers interested in all aspects of the built environment. A grade of C- or higher is required for CIMT majors. 3 hours discussion. (020301)
This course explores how new buildings are designed and constructed using green building strategies. Students learn how LEED Accredited Professionals manage the building certification process and the documents required by the US Green Building Council to verify that the requirements for LEED certification are met. The course also prepares students to take the USGBC LEED AP Certification exam. 3 hours lecture. (020504)
An analysis of the costs and benefits of environmental preservation. Systems for creating economic incentives for pollution abatement. Criteria for establishing optimum pollution abatement, including efficiency, safety, and sustainability standards. Impacts of population growth on global environmental problems. Alternative energy use patterns and their impact on energy markets and global environmental health. 3 hours lecture. (002671)
Prerequisites: ECON 103.
This course surveys theoretical approaches and policy options to the problems of development and underdevelopment in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Agricultural transformations, industrial development, balance of payments problems, the role of foreign aid, direct foreign investment, the economic role of international institutions such as the World Bank, and other related topics are included in this course. 3 hours lecture. (002673)
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 and one course from Breadth Area B2 of the General Education requirements.
Human impact on life-support systems; use of physical and ecological principles in environmental management and protection; discussion of land use and its environmental impact; and an evaluation of human influence on natural cycles. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004141)
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1.
Analysis of present and long-term global energy crises; coverage of scientific concepts needed to understand energy and its environmental interactions; in-depth examination of alternative energy sources and their environmental impact. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004149)
An overview of the relationship of people and nature; the impact of environmental conditions, such as water and air pollution, solid wastes, food contamination, vectors, radiation, noise, light, which cause deleterious effects on people's physical, mental, and social well-being. Individual and collective consumer intervention in environmental health problems. 3 hours discussion. (001606)
Prerequisite: MGMT 460 and faculty permission.
Students must register directly with a supervising faculty member. For students who wish to gain practical work experience with participating organizations, this course enables students to apply sustainability management coursework in an organizational setting. See internship advisor for eligibility requirements, performance requirements, assignments, and methods of evaluation prior to undertaking the internship. 9 hours supervision. Credit/no credit grading. (020859)
An examination of a variety of approaches to the development of an environmental ethic, including "shallow" and "deep" environmentalism, the balance of nature argument, and the Gaia hypothesis. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (007229)
Investigation and analysis of the political nature of the environmental crisis in the United States and the development of legal and administrative mechanisms for handling environmental problems. 3 hours lecture. (007596)
This course examines the social-psychological aspects of the interdependence of humans and their environment. The course emphasizes psychological theory and current research along with a practical focus on environmental issues. 3 hours lecture. (007971)
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
The role of citizens in influencing natural resources policy. Integrative study of factors influencing wildlife, timber, range, water, air, mineral, and recreation resources, including resource scarcity, societal structure, economic influences, and institutional policies. Focus on public involvement in natural resources planning and decision-making. Survey of basic principles of multiple-use natural resource management. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008795)
Prerequisites: RECR 270.
Students investigate and analyze the concept of "ecotourism." Ecotourism is first defined and then studied for its potential benefits and pitfalls. The contexts of natural resources, cultural complexities, socio-economic capacities, and institutional structures are discussed. Case studies from around the globe are analyzed. 3 hours lecture. (015875)
A cross-cultural and historical investigation of the ways that religious and secular worldviews and ethics influence attitudes, behaviors, and policies toward the environment. Attention is given to Biblical, Native American, Confucian, Taoist, and feminist perspectives on nature. Topics include an analysis of the modern consumer lifestyle and its impact on the environment, the value of wilderness, mainstream and radical environmentalism, and contemporary policy issues. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008159)
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