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Curriculum

A minimum of 38 credits is required to receive a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities (culminating with a capstone project) or a Master of Science in Sustainable Communities (culminating with a thesis). 

Requirements and electives
Core courses (13-16 credits) 
Required courses (12-16 credits)
Sustainability electives (6-8 credits)
Thesis or capstone project (4 credits)

 

Core courses (13-16 credits)

Students are required to take four core courses and repeat SUST 530 each semester they are enrolled in the program. Courses in this area introduce the three pillars of sustainability: environmental policy, economic development and social equity. Students will explore the interactions between these principles, basic ecology and environmental science, local and organizational governance, and concepts of sustainability to think critically across complex, interconnected systems.
SUST 500: Sustainable Communities I (4 credits)
SUST 510: Sustainable Communities II (4 credits)
SUST 520: Research Methods (4 credits)
SUST 530: Sustainability Colloquium (1 credit, must be repeated each semester the student is enrolled in the program)

Required courses (12-16 credits)

Sustainability is more than just environmental protection; it includes social equity as well. These required courses are designed to provide each student with a well-rounded perspective that is necessary in the field of sustainability today.
One from Environmental Policy course list (3-4 credits)
One from Economic Development course list (3-4 credits)
One from Social Equity course list (3-4 credits)
One from Advanced Methods course list (3-4 credits)

Sustainability electives (6-8 credits) 

At least two courses as electives related to area(s) of interest
See concentrations for options regarding specialization through your use of electives.

Thesis or capstone project (4 credits)

SUST 601: required thesis for a Master of Science in Sustainable Communities
SUST 602: required capstone project for a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities

Last Updated: 5/4/17