Course Schedule and Descriptions

Students can enter the graduate sustainability program in January, February, August or September.  15 credit hours (foundation courses) are required for the Certificate and 30 credit hours are required for the M.S. degree.


Sustainability MBA students should consult with the College of Business graduate program academic advisor to determine a schedule that best combines MBA and sustainability courses. Visit the College of Business website more more specific information. The sustainability concentration requires SU 6003, SU 6013 and SU 6023. Many MBA students choose to complete SU 6043 and SU 6053 to receive the Certificate.


Please note, the courses below are for the 2013-2014 school year. The 2014-2015 course offerings will be posted soon.

Foundation Graduate Sustainability Courses (15 hours required for Certificate of Graduate Studies)

SU 6003 – Sustainable Earth Systems (planet)

SU 6013 – Sustainable Society (people)

SU 6023 – Sustainable Enterprise (prosperity)

SU 6043 – Capstone Project in Sustainability (application class)


Master's of Science Additional Required Courses
SU 6063 Sustainable Enterprise II
SU 6073  Applied Earth Systems and Biomimicry
SU 609V Sustainability Travel (destination to be determined)

Master's of Science Electives (two required)
SU 6033 Special Topics in Sustainability
SU 6083  Professional Experience and Study in Sustainability
SU 6103  Creation Care and Spiritual Formation
SU 6123  Introduction to Green Building Design, Construction & Operation
SU 6133  Renewable Energy Options and Design Applications
SU 6143  Sustainable Food Practice
SU 6153 Zero Management


Course Descriptions

SU 6003 Sustainable Earth Systems

Studies how the Earth's systems are the model for sustainable and regenerative practice. Students will review basic Earth sciences and analyze the structure and function of abiotic and selected biotic systems to later apply these lessons to human and natural challenges. No prerequisite; introductory course.


SU 6013 Sustainable Society

Students learn about the characteristics of a sustainable society and sustainability applications in society. Emphasis will be placed on sustainable applications of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. A final team project will apply sustainable society principles.


SU 6023 Sustainable Enterprise

This course teaches students to apply new strategic models, tools, and frameworks to incorporate sustainability and green business principles in the context of sucessful sustainable business practices in a competitive and profitable manner. A final team project will apply sustainable enterprise principles.


SU 6033 Special Topics in Sustainability

This course is designed to more quickly respond to the ever-changing world of sustainability by a one-time course offering that will not likely be frequently repeated. Content will be developed for each offering of the course. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.


SU 6043 Capstone Project in Sustainability

This course provides students with the opportunity to evaluate and design a sustainability project. The students will identify a real world problem from their profession or career interests and apply what they have learned from prior sustainability coursework in SU 6003, SU 6013, and SU 6023. Other applications such as LEED AP certification training or other certification training leading to successful complete of certification may be applied.

SU 609V  Sustainability Travel to [destination to be determined]
The course provides irreplaceable, on-site experiential learning in the world’s most sustainable domestic and international destinations and is offered for variable credit. this travel is supported by student research, study and detailed examination of their journey to sustainability, characteristics of success and failure, and the leadership, social, economic and natural factors that facilitated them.

SU 6063 Sustainable Enterprise II
This course probes more deeply into the nature of the “triple bottom line” – the simultaneous delivery of financial, social, and environmental performance – and expands student’s knowledge of specific strategic models, tools, and frameworks and in-depth case studies in leading green business sectors that successfully incorporate social and environmental dimensions in a competitive and profitable manner. Prerequisite: Su 6023

SU 6073  Applied Earth Systems and Biomimicry
Provides a more in depth examination of the sustainable earth systems of air, water, land and the added dimension of energy. The course also reviews the role of modern management systems such as solid waste, waste water, water supply and storm water; regional/ community development; management of undeveloped natural resources; natural energy opportunities and advanced applications of biomimicry design. Prerequisite: SU 6003. 

SU 6083 Professional Experience and Study in Sustainability 
Students will shadow, serve and study with successful sustainability professionals in the specific specialization, field or level of advancement appropriate to their electives, goals and prior experience for the term of the course. Prerequisites: 24 hours in graduate sustainability

SU 6103 Creation Care and Spiritual Formation
Addresses what some describe as the fourth leg of sustainability: Spirituality. the student will examine and discuss potential relationships between the faith-based creation care and personal spiritual formation and growth. the student will assess historic, complimentary, divergent and potential theolog- ical relationships between spirituality and sustainability.

SU 6123 Introduction to Green Building Design, Construction & Operation 
An examination of green commercial, industrial and residential development, management, main- tenance, life cycle costs, certification, practices, technology and sustainable waste management appli- cations from site selection, planning, design & construction through operations & management.

SU 6133 Renewable Energy Options and Design Applications
As the preferred choice of sustainable design, renewable energy and its various alternative technologies, applications and design parameters are the focus of the course experience.

SU 6143 Sustainable Food Practice
A study of sustainable food practice including sustainable agriculture production, health, nutrition, manufacturing, distribution, retail, urban and community gardens, food coops, farmers markets, international trade, and the unique needs of developing countries.

SU 6153 Zero Management
Represents a growing trend in business and industry to eliminate the financial and legal risk associated with waste and inefficiency. The course will examine all aspects of "net zero," "net positive," "regenerative," and "no-net-impact" management within an organization and its unique social and psychological framework.