Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Community Sustainability

Undergraduate Programs
Environmental Studies and Sustainability

The Department of Community Sustainability offers a Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. This program of study is concerned with who uses natural resources, how they use them, and how positive outcomes of use can be enhanced and negative impacts can be mitigated. It examines resource use and allocation through the lenses of community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice. Students benefit from a broad range of interdisciplinary courses, as well as disciplinary and methods courses carefully selected to enhance students’ technical knowledge. Professional internships, a legacy project and study abroad experiences are encouraged to provide students with experiences beyond the classroom and the university campus. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter professions in environmental, natural resource, agricultural and community development fields through careers in education, government, private industry, non-profit organizations, and public relations and communications or enter a professional or graduate school program.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog: 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Environmental Studies and Sustainability major is met by completing Community Sustainability 330, or 433. Those courses are referenced in item 3. d. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the Environmental Studies and Sustainability major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Community Sustainability may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Biological Science 162 and 172, and Chemistry 141. The completion of Biological Science 172 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Biological Science 162 and 172, and Chemistry 141 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 3. below.

    The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
  2. The requirements for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major (64 to 68 credits):
    a. All of the following courses (31 credits):
    BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
    BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
    CSUS 221 Seminar in Environmental and Sustainability Careers 1
    CSUS 300 Theoretical Foundations of Sustainability 3
    CSUS 301 Community Engagement for Sustainability 3
    CSUS 310 History of Environmental Thought and Sustainability 3
    EEP 255 Ecological Economics 3
    IBIO 355 Ecology 3
    b. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    CSUS 215 International Development and Sustainability 3
    CSUS 265 Exploring Environmental and Sustatinability Issues and Policy with Film 3
    CSUS 273 Introduction to Travel and Tourism 3
    CSUS 276 Sustaining our National Parks and Recreation Lands 3
    c. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    CSUS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
    GEO 206 Physical Geography 3
    GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth 4
    d. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    CSUS 330 Organizational Management for Community Sustainability (W) 3
    CSUS 433 Grant Writing and Fund Development (W) 3
    e. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    CSUS 464 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy in Michigan  3
    CSUS 465 Environmental and Natural Resource Law 3
    FOR 466 Natural Resource Policy 3
    IBIO 446 Environmental Issues and Public Policy 3
    f. Three of the following courses (9 to 11 credits):
    CSUS 320 Environmental Planning and Management 3
    CSUS 354 Water Resources Management 3
    CSUS 425 Environmental Impact Assessment 3
    CSUS 429 Program Evaluation for Community Sustainability 3
    FW 419 Applications of Geographic Information Systems to Natural Resources Management 4
    GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
    GEO 325 Geographic Information Systems 3
    g. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    CSUS 322 Leadership for Community Sustainability 3
    CSUS 330 Organizational Management for Community Sustainability (W) 3
    CSUS 473 Social Entrepreneurship for Community Sustainability 3
    CSUS 476 Natural Resource Recreation Management 4
    h. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    CSUS 343 Community Food and Agricultural Systems 3
    CSUS 431 Interpretation and Visitor Information Systems 3
    CSUS 445 Community-Based Environmental and Sustainability Education 3
    CSUS 447 Community Economic Development 3
    i. A minimum of 3 credits in one of the following courses:
    CSUS 418 Community Sustainability Study Abroad 3 to 6
    CSUS 419 International Studies in Community Sustainability 3 to 12
    CSUS 493 Professional Internship in Community Sustainability 3 to 6
    Students may substitute another appropriate course with approval of the department.