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Environmental Sustainability Example

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with an Individualized Focus Area can use the environmental sustainability example concentration as a template for designing their focus area.

The environmental sustainability example concentration contains courses and competencies well-suited for students seeking expertise in contemporary models of ecological sustainability and how these models shape decisions about the social and physical conditions of human life. The ethical frameworks used in developing models of sustainability are a significant aspect of the concentration.

Environmental Sustainability Sample Schedule*

As a student using the template for the environmental sustainability example concentration, you’ll work with an academic advisor and a faculty mentor to review your transfer course work and select specific courses that meet your interests and degree requirements. 
This 108-credit-hour program can be started in any term—fall, winter, spring or summerand is typically composed of 10 core courses, a minimum of nine environmental sustainability courses and about 13 elective courses in liberal arts.

 Courses* Credit Hours
 Quarter 1
 LL 103 Independent Learning Seminar (L1) 2
 LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning (L2, F1) 4
 LL 260 Writing to Competence (L4) 4
 Arts Elective (A) 2
Total Credit Hours 12

Quarter 2
 Civic Engagement (L3) with Humanities Elective (H) 4
 LL 270 Critical Thinking (L5) 4
 SW 341 Ecology of Personal Life (FX, S)  4
Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 3
 LL 300 Research Seminar (L8, L9) 6
 SW 241 Gold, Oil, Gems & Soil (FX, S1) 4
 SW 361 Introduction to Computer Productivity (S5) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 4
 LL 302 Externship (L10, L11)  4
 IN 307 Advanced Elective (E1, E2)   4
 SW 204 Urban Growth Around the Globe (FX, H5)  4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 5
 LL 205 Quantitative Reasoning (L6)  4
 Collaborative Learning (L7) and Humanities Elective (H3) 4
 HC 166 Global Futures (FX, A3) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 6
 SW 233 Principles of Sustainable Lifestyles (FX, H1) 4
 SW 274 Impact of Varied Environments (FX, S2)    4
 SW 244 Environmental Sociology (FX, H4) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 7
 SW 231 Urban Dirt (S, H) 4
 SW 330 Living Biosphere (FX, S3)  4
 SW 315 Environmental Ethics (S4, A4)   4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 8
 HC 192 How, Why and What We Eat (A1, H2)  4
 SW 248 Science Behind Environmental Science (FX, S)     4
 Arts Elective (A2, A5)   4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 9
 FA 303 Advanced Project (F11, F12) 4
 Humanities Elective (H, H) 4
 Arts Elective (A) 2
 LL 390 Summit Seminar (L12) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Total Credit Hours 108
*Course substitutions may be necessary, as not all courses listed are offered every quarter or at all campuses. Examples include:  

- HC 214 Society and the Family: Plotting the Future 
- SW 160 Global Climate Change Basics
- AI 147 Ethics: How Good People Make Tough Choices
- SW 371 Dinosaurs
- HC 196 Economics by Example
- SW 261 Explorations in Biology
- FA 390 Diversity: In and Beyond the Workplace
- HC 166 Global Futures: Oil, Water, War and Peace
- HC 215 Chicago Neighborhoods: Communities of Caring
- SW 231 Urban Dirt
- SW 357 Urban Geography: The Study of Cities 
- SW 239 The Botanical World
- SW 292 Exploring Earth's Physical Features
- SW 153 Science for Citizens 
- SW 259 Prehistoric Life 


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Career Outlook

Protecting the environment has become an important goal for many organizations. Sustainability is a broad field that includes a wide variety of professionals who work to improve the environmental, social and economic impact of different initiatives. Large corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies employ sustainability professionals. In Illinois, construction managers, business operation specialists and property, real estate and community association managers are careers that may involve environmental sustainability. They are among the top 50 fastest growing occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree.

Students pursuing the environmental sustainability example concentration may advance their careers in positions such as:

  • Educational Program Coordinator
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Land Leasing and Development Manager
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Real Estate Manager or Agent
  • Construction Manager
  • Landscaping Manager
  • Insurance Manager or Agents
  • Construction, Building or Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental, Insurance or Real Estate Lawyer
  • Field or Marine Biologist

Some of the occupations listed above may require additional schooling or work experience.