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Sustainable Science Management

Careers in sustainability are growing fast. In UHMC’s Sustainable Science Management (SSM) BAS program, students develop skills to address energy, water, oceans, community development and other issues from a sustainable perspective. Students are prepared to lead sustainable organizations, manage change in established businesses, and help design and maintain sustainable communities. The degree can be completed in 4 years* (8 full-time semesters).

Degrees that can be earned

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

The Sustainable Science Management (SSM) program, leading to a baccalaureate degree, provides a variety of options to students seeking employment in the rapidly expanding field of sustainability. Coursework covers important contemporary topics including but not limited to energy, ecology, business and management, water and wastewater, agriculture, waste-management, economics, policy, the built environment, and social science; all in the context of case studies in the larger interdisciplinary field of sustainability. Students develop thinking and analytical skills, which will enable graduates to apply learned principles to the changing and complex issues of the future. The program is designed to equip students with the fundamental skills necessary in order to bridge disciplines and to facilitate sustainable solutions and operations for any organization or community.

Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Timothy Botkin, at 984-3322 or by email at botkin@hawaii.edu for more information.

Upon successful completion of the SSM Program, the student should be able to:

    1. Give examples of ways in which the features and functions of multiple systems are interconnected, and explain how one system can be optimized without degrading other systems or depleting natural resources.
    2. Investigate, discover and summarize federal, state, local and industry codes, standards, laws, regulations, and guidelines.
    3. Assess the feasibility of investing in sustainability measures using simple payback, return on investment, and life cycle costing techniques.
    4. Describe the unique sustainability challenges faced by island communities.
    5. Identify, outline and illustrate the fundamentals of existing and emerging technologies in energy production, distribution and management; water supply; wastewater treatment; and waste management; their applications, processes and requirements.
    6. Appraise, evaluate, summarize and explain the economic, social, cultural, political, and scientific features that make a system, process, practice, or business sustainable and consolidate that information into a sustainability profile.
    7. Propose and justify creative solutions to sustainability challenges that are scientifically sound.
    8. Demonstrate skills related to managing sustainability projects including defining scope, selecting achievable goals, evaluating ethical implications, working with diverse teams, making presentations, and preparing reports.
    9. Apply academic learning to real-world demands and activities.
The BAS in Sustainable Science Management (SSM) comprises a core curriculum emphasizing basic and applied science related to energy and sustainability, as well as communications and business fundamentals. Courses explore specific sustainability topics and recognize the inter-relatedness of the three foundations of a sustainable society – economic growth, social progress, and environmental stewardship.

The BAS degree is granted to students completing a four-year program. Only courses numbered 100 and above can be applied toward the degree.

First Semester (Fall)
SSM 101 Intro to Sustainability
BUSN 150 or ICS 101
ENRG 103 Energy Production Systems
MATH 135 Elementary Functions
ENG 100 Composition I
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
17
Second Semester (Spring)
ECON 130 or 131
ENRG 103 Energy Production Systems
FG course
CHEM 162 and 162L, or GIS 150
MATH 115 Statistics
Total
Credits
3
3
3
4
3
16
Third Semester (Fall)
BIO 171 and 171L Intro Biology I
PSY 100 Survey of Psychology
SSM 201, or OCN 201 and 201L
HWST 107 or 207, or HIST 284
Total
Credits
3
3
3-4
3
3
16-17
Fourth Semester (Spring)
COM 215/PSY 253 Conflict Resolution
ENG 210 Research Writing
BLAW 200, or MATH 203 or 205
SSM 202 Sustainable Island Communities
ZOOL 115 Marine Biology
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
4
16
Sustainable Science Management 301(3), 302(3), 375(3), 392v(3), 401(3), 402(3), 403(3), 422(3), 495(3), 496(3)
Management 310(3)
Philosophy 323(3)
Aqua 362(3)
Biology 424(3)
Humanities 400(3)
Communication 459(3)
English 316(3)
Three Upper Division electives(3, 3, 3)
  Any upper division SSM course not already required; AQUA 466; OCN 351;
  or other elective approved by program coordinator

Full-time upper division students would take in this sequence:

Junior Year (Fall)
SSM 302 Environmental Health
SSM 375 Renewable Energy Conversions or Elective
MGT 310 Principles of Management
ENG 316 Advanced Research Writing
AQUA 362 Aquaculture and Mariculture
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
15
Junior Year (Spring)
SSM 301 Sustainable Organizations
SSM 392v Internship
SSM 402 Water Resources Management
PHIL 323 Professional Ethics
Upper Division elective
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
15
Senior Year (Fall)
SSM 422 Sustainable Systems Thinking
SSM 495 Capstone I
HUM 400 CHanges & Choices
Upper Division program elective
Upper Division program elective
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
15
Senior Year (Spring)
SSM 401 Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice
SSM 403 Renewable Energy Integration, or elective
SSM 496 Capstone II
BIOL 424 Protected Species Management
COM 459 Intercultural Communication II
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
15

Tuition and Fees: A tuition differential exists for upper division courses numbered 300 or higher. See Tuition and Fees section.
Note: Statistics requirement may be met by BUS 310 or OCN 250 upon approval of program coordinator.
Note: OCN 201 and 201L is required for students focusing on marine studies in their upper division coursework.
Note: Foundations Global Multicultural Perspectives: Choose two courses (6 credits) from two groups (FGA, FGB, FGC).
Note: Calculus is a prerequisite for SSM 403 and other upper level courses.
Note: At least 6 credits of electives shall be 400-level courses. Select upper division eleective credits to achieve at least 124 credits total for the degree, not less than 60 of which must be in upper division.