​Environmental Sustainability

OVERVIEW

In order to succeed in today's world of rapidly declining natural resources, shifting climate conditions, and growing supply chain transparency, students must develop a clear understanding of how their business decisions will impact the environment and future generations. Companies that embed sustainability practices into their culture and operations have been shown to have lower capital costs, increased financial performance, more engaged employees, and higher levels of customer loyalty: sustainability has become a primary driver for innovation and business success in the 21st century.

 

The Environmental Sustainability concentration is ideal for:


  • Students interested in a career in social entrepreneurship
  • Students interested in a career in science and innovation
  • Students interested in complementing their other concentrations to differentiate themselves

 

The Environmental Sustainability concentration will provide students with the tools to become sustainability leaders, and students working in this concentration are challenged to recognize points of integration and points of tension between the needs of the planet and all its inhabitants and ecosystems, as well as the demands of business and economic growth. 

 

Sponsored by:

Math and Science Division and Arts and Humanities Division

FACULTY ADVISORS

Dr. Vikki Rodgers, M&S Division vrodgers@babson.edu  |  Kriebel 206

Dr. Jon Dietrick, A&H Division  jdietrick@babson.edu  |  Hollister 240

 

Course Plan:

Students must take either:

NST 2020 Case Studies in Ecological Management or

NST 2040 Case Studies in Sustainable Food Systems

 and then select any 12 credits from the courses below to complete their concentration.

  • CVA 2003 -  From Babson to New Delhi
  • CVA 2034 -  Nature and U.S. Cultural Values
  • CVA 2057 – Narratives of Sustainability
  • ECN 3675 – Environmental Economics
  • ENV 4600 –Climate Change Politics and Policies
  • ENV 4610 – Art and Ecology
  • EPS 4515 –   Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship
  • EPS 4523 –  Environ & Sustain Entrepreneurship
  • EPS 4525 –  Living Social Entrepreneurship Experience
  • EPS 4527 –  Social Entrepreneurship by Design
  • FIN 3535 -   Financing and Valuing Sustainability
  • LIT 4676 –  Imagining Nature, Imagining Ourselves
  • LVA 2030 –Place and Landscape in American Literature
  • LVA 2062 - Suburban America in Literature and Culture
  • MKT 3541 –Conscious Capitalism
  • MOB 3522 –Leading & Managing Sustainability
  • PHL 4609 – Nature, Technology, and Values
  • POL 4630 – Critical Race Studies
  • SCN 3610 – Meteorology
  • SCN 3620 – Natural Disasters
  • SCN 3622 – Rebuilding from Disaster: A field course in New Orleans (2 credits)
  • SCN 3650 - Urban Ecology: Cities as Ecosystems (2 credits)
  • SCN 3655 - Biomimicry: Design Innovation from Nature (2 credits)
  • SCN3660 – Economic Botany
  • SCN 3665 –Global Climate Change

       Previously Offered Courses:

  • AMS 3605 - Water in America
  • LIT 3663 - Limit Cases
  • MDS 3615 - Media, Culture and the Environment
  • SCN 3615 - Animal Behavior

Students may petition for the inclustion of sustainability-focused courses offered at Wellesley College or Olin College. Petitions should be sent via email to the concentration advisor and must include the course syllabus. 

 Some Example Focused Course Plans

Shared Value focus:

  • Either required course: NST2020 or NST 2040
  • ECN 3675 - Environmental Economics
  • FIN 3535 - Financing and Valuing Sustainability
  • MOB 3522 -Leading and Managing Sustainability


Ecological Impact focus:

  • NST 2020- Case Studies in Ecological Management
  • ECN 3675 - Environmental Economics
  • ENV 4610 - Art and Ecology
  • SCN 3665 - Global Climate Change


Social Innovation focus:

  • NST 2040 - Case Studies in Sustainable Food Systems
  • EPS 4515 - Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship or EPS 4525 Living Social Entrepreneurship Experience
  • EPS 4527 - Social Entrepreneurship by Design or EPS 4523 Environ and Sustain Entrepreneurship
  • MOB 3522 - Leading and Managing Sustainability


Social Justice focus:

  • Either required course: NST 2020 or NST 2040
  • CVA 2057 - Imaging and Sustainability
  • POL 4630 - Critical Race Studies
  • LVA 2030 - Place and Landscape in American Literature, or LVA 2062 - Suburban America in Literature and Culture, or LIT 4676 - Imagining Nature, Imagining Ourselves


Climate Change focus:

  • NST 2020 - Case Studies in Ecological Management
  • ENV 4600 - Climate Change Politics
  • SCN 3610 - Meteorology
  • SCN 3665 - Global Climate Change


 Suggested Foundational Courses (do not count toward concentration credit)

AHS1000 - Nature and the Environment

ART 1172 -  Introduction to Sculpture (nature-based art course)

NST 1020 -  Sustainable Energy Solutions

                                                                                                              

Curriculum Mapping for Education Abroad


The curriculum map below is intended to be a guide, providing a sample framework to complete the requirements for a concentration and spend a semester abroad on an approved Education Abroad Program through the Glavin Office. Students can utilize the curriculum map as a starting point for creating an academic plan that is specific to their personal, career, and academic goals.  

Environmental Sustainability Concentration Curriculum Map »