Course Listing and Descriptions

Students can enter the graduate sustainability program in January, March, or August.  15 credit hours (5 courses) are required for the Certificate and 30 credit hours (10 courses) 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.


Foundational Core Course Requirements

SU 6003    Sustainable Earth Systems (planet)

ICM 5003  Survey of Conflict Management (people)

SU 6023    Sustainable Enterprise (profit)

SU 6043    Capstone Project in Sustainability (application class)


Advanced Core Course Requirements
SU 6063  Sustainable Enterprise II (profit)
SU 6073  Applied Earth Systems and Biomimicry (planet)
SU 6153  Zero Management (people)

Elective Specialization Course Options
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

Research/Professional Application Course Requirements
SU 609V  Sustainability Travel
SU 6043  Capstone Project in Sustainability (application class)


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.


SU 6023 Sustainable Enterprise

Explores business as the model for delivering prosperity and for achieving sustainability in timely, reliable, affordable, effective and creative manner. It reviews fundamentals of business models, tools and frameworks that are used to incorporate social and natural dimensions in a competitive and profitable manner.


SU 6033 Special Topics in Sustainability

Responds to the ever-changing world of sustainability through course offerings that may not be frequently repeated. Content is developed for each offering, which may include independent study.


SU 6043 Capstone Project in Sustainability

Collaborative study to apply the concepts of the entire graduate program. Course is based on application processes and skills while working through either case studies or real time community needs. Course credit may also be dedicated to attaining sustainability certification (e.g., professional sustainability certifications with approval of the academic director) and by documenting an approved application of certification knowledge. Students may also opt for a capstone experience that is facilitated by an instructor to resolve a specific client challenge using advanced tools derived from Enterprise I and II.

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
Probes more deeply into the metrics 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.

SU 6073  Applied Earth Systems and Biomimicry
Addresses how to transfer the core principles, designs and strategies of abiotic and biotic systems into sustainable and regenerative solutions to human and natural challenges using tools such as biomimicry, continuums of care and systems thinking.

SU 6083 Professional Experience and Study in Sustainability 
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.

SU 6103 Creation Care and Spiritual Formation
Addresses Addresses what some describe as the fourth leg of sustainability: Providence or Spirituality. Examine and discuss potential relationships between professional sustainability, faith-based creation care, and personal Christian spiritual formation and growth. The student will also assess best practices of sustainability for faith based institutions.

SU 6113 Principles of Applied Sustainability 
All sustainability professionals must eat food, live and work in buildings/sites, use energy, and measure sustainability performance. These interactions most commonly define individual commitment, integrity and professionalism in regard to the daily practice of sustainable living. The course will survey the array of applied practices in each of these focal areas and introduce core principles that are prerequisite to more in depth specialization.

SU 6123 Introduction to Green Building Design, Construction & Operation 
An examination of green commercial, industrial and residential development, management, maintenance, life cycle costs, certification, practices, technology and sustainable waste management applications from site selection, planning, design and construction through operations and 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, manufacturing, distribution, retail, urban and community gardens, food co-ops, 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.