Curriculum

The BAS in Sustainable Science Management 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 program offers both sustainability related as well as sustainability focused courses.

Sustainability-focused courses concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens. Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.

The BAS SSM degree is granted to students completing a four‐year program. Students are encouraged to follow the Business Careers Option IV path to complete lower division requirements.

Only courses numbered 100 or above, and taken with a letter grade, may be applied to the SSM degree; and for upper division courses only those with a grade C or better may be applied.

Upper division requirements for BAS in Sustainable Science Management (60 credits)

Junior Year
(Fall)
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
Conflict Management & Resolution
3
MGT 310
Principles of Management
3
SSM 301
Sustainable Organizations
3
SSM 302
Environmental Health
3
Math 203
Calculus for Business and Social Science
3
TOTAL CREDITS
15

 

Junior Year
(Spring)
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
MGT 322
Organizational Leadership and Management of Change
3
ENG 316
Advanced Research Writing
3
SSM 303
Sustainable Science Processes
3
SSM 401
Environmental Law, Policy and Justice
3
Upper Division Elective
3
TOTAL CREDITS
15

 

Senior Year
(Fall)
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
HUM 400
Changes and Choices
3
SSM 393v
Internship
3
SSM 402
Water Resource Management
3
Upper Division Elective
3
Upper Division Elective
3
TOTAL CREDITS
15

 

Senior Year
(Spring)
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
SSM 403
Renewable Energy Integration 3
SSM 475
Senior Capstone Project 6
PHIL 323
Professional Ethics
3
COM 459
Intercultural Communication II
3
TOTAL CREDITS
15

 

SSM Course Descriptions

SSM 101 Introduction to the Science of Sustainability

Introduces the science of sustainability including vocabulary and basic concepts in green building, water and wastewater, waste management, sustainable land use and planning, unique dimensions to island sustainability, transportation, sustainable materials choices and supply chains, energy efficiency, and policy strategies. Prereq: ENG 19 with grade C or better or placement at least ENG 22, and MATH 1 or placement at least MATH 22; or consent. Recommended: placement at ENG 100. 3 cr., 3 hr. lecture.

 

SSM 201 Sustainable Building Design, Construction, and Operations

Introduces principles of green building design and operations, including site planning and zoning, construction practices, energy efficiency, economics of green building, benefits and barriers, and the LEED rating system. Prereq: SSM 101, ENRG 101. or consent. 3cr., 3hr. lecture.

 

SSM 202 Sustainable Island Communities

Introduces principles of design, construction, and operation of sustainable building, including engineering fundamentals and thermodynamics, the entire design process, commissioning, operations of lighting, water and energy systems site planning, construction practices, energy efficiency, heating ventilation and air conditioning processes and efficency, and the LEED rating system. Prereq: SSM 101, ENRG 101. or consent. 3cr., 3hr. lecture.

 

SSM 301 Sustainable Organizations

In this course students will learn how to construct a business case for sustainability-related activities; calculate the carbon footprint of a facility, organization, or set of purchases; identify sustainability metrics for an organization; and perform a sustainability assessment of an organization. Prereq: SSM 101, MATH 115 with a “C” or better or consent. 3cr., 3hr. lecture.

 

SSM 302 Environmental Health

Evaluates the impact that chemical, physical, and biological agents have on environmental ecosystems. Examines how political, economic, and demographic diversity affects the natural environment with particular emphasis on island settings. Prereq: SSM 101, CHEM 151, BIOL 12 with a C or better, or consent. 3 cr. 3 hr. lecture.

 

SSM 303 Sustainable Science Processes

Introduces systems conversion of power sources to energy. Examines conversion processes of solar photovoltaic cells, wind turbines, wave technology, tidal technology, small and large scale hydro power technology, bio-mass, bio-fuel, waste to energy. Prereq: ENRG 103, MATH 135 with a “C” or better. Recommended: CHEM 151, MATH 203. 3cr., 3hr. lecture.

 

SSM 393V Internship

Introduces students to the workplace in an occupation within the student’s area of interest. Prepares students to perform entry-level work requirements. Develops basic skills for the work environment. Learning outcomes developed by students, instructor, and employment supervisor. Students will be required to write a research paper on a topic that is related to their internship. Evaluation performed jointly by instructor and employment supervisor. 3cr.

 

SSM 401 Environmental Law, Policy and Justice

Introduces legal and policy issues of environmental protection and decision-making.

Explores the interplay of race, socio-economic status, and interest group politics in the formulation and implementation of U.S. federal and state environmental policy. Prereq: SSM 101, BLAW 201, SOC 101, ENG 209 with a “C” or better, or consent. 3cr., 3hr. lecture.

 

SSM 402 Water Resources Management

Examines ways to manage fresh water resources with emphasis on island water management techniques. Introduces water quality analysis techniques and parameters as well as waste water treatment processes. Reviews principles of surface and groundwater hydrology and implications for policy making. Prereq: MATH 203, BIOL 124, CHEM 151, SSM 101 with a “C” or better, or consent. 3cr., 3hr. lecture.

 

SSM 403 Renewable Energy Integration

Introduces techniques and information technology for renewable energy integration and storage. Examines existing polices and their effects on energy management and the public utilities. Provides current information on storage, generation, incentives, and relevant political programs. Prereq: SSM 101, MATH 203, ENRG 103 with a “C” or better, or consent. 3cr, 3hr. lecture.

 

SSM 475 Senior Capstone Project

Provides an opportunity to demonstrate the techniques and understanding developed throughout the BAS Sustainability program. Includes energy auditing, computational analysis, sustainable strategic planning and financial assessment, water and resource conservation, impacts to human and ecosystem health, land use and transportation, policy and regulatory analysis, ,and social equity and ethical considerations. A capstone project is required. Prereq: Senior standing and approval of Sustainability faculty. 6cr., 6hr., lect/lab