|Submission Date||Feb. 24, 2017|
|3.00 / 3.00||
Coordinator, Sustainability Faculty Fellows
This online program will equip you with the management skills and problem-solving knowledge to navigate our new economy and lead sustainable business practices and initiatives. The courses will provide you with a broad understanding of the intersections among business, natural sciences, and social systems: knowledge you can apply in your current workplace or in a position with a company that's focused on sustainability. This program is designed for individuals with an associate degree who want to complete their bachelor's degree and are passionate about a healthy environment, strong profitability and vital communities coexisting now and in the future.
The Conservation and Environmental Planning major focuses on the scientific, field-based management of our natural resources, including wildlife, water, soil, air, human developments and the interaction of these systems. The integrity and performance of these systems are critical for maintaining a healthy environment, a high standard of living, and sustainable development. Graduates of this program will provide the expertise to establish, maintain, restore and rehabilitate natural systems in order to promote sustainability, economic stability, and quality of life.
Program Goals: Provide students with a multi-disciplinary foundation for thinking about sustainability. Discuss the concept of sustainability from a biogeochemical perspective.
Address the social and economic facets of sustainability. Discuss the challenges that face humanity in becoming sustainable. Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to create a personal definition of sustainability. Analyze human impacts on natural systems and processes that affect the ability of humanity to live sustainably. Interpret sustainability issues in the context of element cycles. Compare and contrast the role of public and private entities in creating sustainable societies. Identify facets of social/economic/industrial structures that could be changed to make society more sustainable.
Students who select this minor will learn about sustainable agriculture in its broadest sense, including issues related to maintaining and/or improving crop and animal productivity, preserving environmental resources for future generations, ensuring farm profitability, and ensuring rural community vitality and viability. They learn how to build markets and opportunities for producers, and they help consumers make "green" choices on purchased products.
Sustainable agriculturalists work as producers of value added crops, such as organic produce, grains and meats. Some provide technical support for crop and animal production systems, develop soil and nutrient management plans, work with producers to control insects, diseases and other pests with integrated pest management techniques, market locally-grown food products, and research ways to make agriculture more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable for future generations.
The two certificates were developed as subsets of the BS in Sustainable Management for working adults seeking specific knowledge.
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