Special Concentration

The Special Concentration

The special concentration is intentionally more flexible than the major, given that students have their major classes as well. However, its structure allows students to benefit from the program’s cross-disciplinary courses and to build the expertise that will allow them to address the fundamental issue of how to move toward a trajectory of sustainability.

A minimum of nine courses and a practicum are required for the special concentration. Students will take courses within the following framework:

I. Sustainable Development Foundation (three courses)*

SDEV UN1900 Introduction to Sustainable Development (Fall, Spring)
SDEV UN2300 Challenges of Sustainable Development (Spring)**
EESC UN2330 Science for Sustainable Development (Fall)

The program recommends students take the above 3 foundation courses prior to completing the remaining program requirements.

* No substitutions will be permitted for foundation courses.

** Taking Principles of Economics prior to Challenges of Sustainable Development is recommended but not required.

II. Natural Science Systems (one course)

One of the following natural science courses:
CHEM UN1403 Chemistry I (Fall,Spring)
EEEB W1001 Biodiversity (Fall)
EEEB UN2002 Environmental Biology II (Fall,Spring)
EESC UN1003 Climate and Society: Case Studies (Fall,Spring)
EESC 1011/1411 Earth: Origin, Evolution, Processes, Future (Fall)
EESC W1201 Environment Risks and Disasters (Spring)
EESC W1600 Earth Resources & Sustainable Development (Fall)
EESC UN2100 Earth’s Environmental Systems: Climate (Fall, Spring)
EESC UN2200 Earth’s Environmental System: Solid Earth (Fall, Spring)
PHYS UN1201 General Physics I (Fall, Spring)

* EAEE E2100 A Better Planet By Design will not be approved as a science sequence after Fall 2016.

III. Human Science Systems (one course)

One human science course to be chosen from an approved list in conjunction with the program adviser:
ANTH UN1002 The Interpretation of Culture (Fall, Spring)
ECON UN1105 Principles of Economics (Fall,Spring)
POLS UN1501 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS UN1601 International Politics (Fall, Spring)
SDEV UN2000 Intro to Environmental Law (Spring)
SDEV W3400 Human Populations and SDEV (Fall 2016)
SOCI UN1000 The Social World (Fall, Spring)
ANTH UN2004 Intro to Social and Cultural Theory (Fall)

IV. Analysis and Solutions to Complex Problems (two courses)

CIEE E3260 Engineering for Developing Communities (Spring)
EAEE E4304 Closing the Carbon Cycle (Fall)
ECIA W4100 Management and Development of Water Systems (Spring)
EESC BC3032 Agricultural & Urban Land Use (Offered next in Spring 2017)
EESC BC3045 Responding to Climate Change (Spring)
EESC W4600 Earth Resources & Sustainable Development (Fall)
PLAN A4579 Introduction to Environmental Planning (Fall)
PUBH W3100 Fundamentals of Global Health (Spring)
SDEV W3330 Ecological and Social Systems for Sustainable Development (Fall 2017)
SDEV UN3355 Climate Change and Law (Spring)
SDEV W3360 Disasters and Development (Spring)
SDEV W3366 Energy Law (Fall)
SDEV W3410 Urbanization and Sustainability (Fall)
SOCI BC3932 Climate Change, Human Rights and Global Migration (Fall)
URBS V3565 Cities in Developing Countries: Problems and Prospects (Fall)
The Summer Ecosystems Experience for Undergraduates (SEE-U) Summer Program

V. Skills/Actions (one course)

EAEE E4257 Environmental Data Analysis and Modeling (Spring)
EESC W4050 Global Assessment Remote Sensing (Fall)
SCNC W3010 Science, Technology and Society (Spring)
SDEV W2320 Economic and Financial Methods for Sustainable Development (Fall)
SDEV UN3390 GIS for Sustainable Development (Spring, Fall)
SDEV UN3450 Spatial Analysis and Modeling for Sustainable Development (Spring, Fall)
SDEV W4015 Complexity Science
SOCI UN3010 Methods for Social Research (Spring)
SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management (Fall and Spring)
The Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) Program

VI. Practicum (one course)

One of the following practicums:
INAF U4420 Oil, Rights and Development (Spring)
SUMA PS4310 Practicum in Innovation Sustainability Leadership (Spring)
SUMA K4734 Earth Institute Practicum (Fall)
SDEV W3998 Supervised Individual Research (Spring, Fall)

VII. Capstone Workshop (one course)

SDEV UN3280 Workshop in Sustainable Development (Spring, Fall)

A letter grade of C- or better is needed in all program related courses in order to satisfy the requirements for the special concentration. P/F grades are only permitted in SDEV W3998 and INAF U4420.