Requirements for the Major and Minor in Sustainability Studies (SUS)

Requirements for the Major in Sustainability Studies (SUS)

A. Required Foundation Courses (32-33 credits)

  • MAT 125 or MAT 131. If students do not place into MAT 125 or 131 on the basis of the math placement examination, MAT 123 is a required course for the major.
  • ECO 108 Introduction to Economics
  • PHI 104 Moral Reasoning
  • POL 102 Introduction to American Government
  • SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability Studies
  • SBC 115 Introduction to Human Demographics 
  • SBC 201 Systems and Models
  • SBC 206 Economics and Sustainability
  • SBC 113 Physical Geography
  • BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
  • CHE/ENV 115 Chemistry, Life, Environment (Note: CHE 115, 129, 131, 141, or 152 may be substituted for CHE/ENV 115)

B. Career and Leadership Skills (6 credits)

  • CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication
  • CSK 305 Collective Action and Advocacy

C. Core Courses (27 credits)

Required:

  • SUS 302 Integrative Assessment Models
  • SUS 366 Philosophy of the Environment 

Required seven (7) three-credit courses with a minimum of one (1) course in each of the following five groups:

Group 1: Physical Environment and Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources

  • ENV 304 Environmental Global Change
  • ENV 310 Sustainability and Renewable Energy in Costa Rica
  • ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science
  • SUS 342 Energy and Mineral Resource
  • EHI 342 Materials in Natural and Human Environment
  • EHI 343 Sustainable Natural Resources
  • GEO 313 Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century
  • SUS 343 Age of the Anthropocene

Group 2: Ecology

  • EHI 310 Preservation and Restoration of Ecosystems 
  • EHI 311 Ecosystem-Based Management 
  • EHI 340 Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease
  • EHI 350 Design Ecotoxicology Research
  • EHI 351 Conduct Ecotoxicology Research
  • BIO 351 Ecology

Group 3: Human Population

  • EHI 321 Human Reproductive Ecology
  • EHI 322 Human Ecology
  • GSS 317 Geospatial Narratives: Deep Mapping for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • SBC 310 Migration, Development and Population Redistribution
  • SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability

Group 4: Economics

Group 5:  Environment, Policy and Society

  • EDP 305 Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development
  • ENV 339 Economics of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
  • SBC 307 Environmental History of North America
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
  • SBC 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
  • SBC 312 Environment, Society, and Health
  • SBC 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
  • SBC 325 Environmental Writing and the Media 
  • SUS 341 Environmental Treatises and Protocols
  • SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability
  • SUS 487 Research
  • SUS 488 Internship

D. Systems Courses (3 credits)

One course selected from the two choices below:

  • SBC 401 Integrative, Collaborative Systems Project
  • ENV 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens

E. Communications and Writing Requirement

Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students. In addition to CSK 302, these skills will be developed within the context of other formal coursework and no additional credits are required. To meet the upper-division writing requirement, students must submit two papers with letter grades of no lower than a B from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the director of the SUS Undergraduate Program.

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Note: 
All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.

Study Abroad

Stony Brook University offers study abroad experiences that are focused on issues of sustainability in Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Turkana Basin (Kenya). While issues of climate change, water and energy security, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, sustainable economic development, conservation of unique and threatened ecosystems, population growth, and human health are important everywhere, viewing these issues through the lens of a different place and a different culture provides a valuable perspective. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad experiences and to talk with their major director to determine how study abroad coursework can be used to fulfill some requirements for their major.

Minor in Sustainability Studies (SUS)

The Sustainability Studies minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a foundation in the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability.

Requirements for the Minor in Sustainability Studies (SUS)

At least 12 credits applied to the minor may not be applied to any major or other minor within the Sustainability Studies Program. No more than one three-credit course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option. All upper-division courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the minor requires 18 credits.

1. Required three introductory courses:

  • SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability Studies
  • SBC 206 Economics and Sustainability

And one of the following four courses:

  • PHI 104 Moral Reasoning
  • SBC 115 Introduction to Human Demography 
  • POL 102 Introduction to American Government
  • CHE/ENV 115 Chemistry, Life, Environment

2. Required three courses from the following:

  • ENV 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens
  • SUS 366 Philosophy of the Environment 
  • SUS 306 Business and Sustainability
  • SUS 307 Environmental Economics and Management
  • ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science*
  • EDP 303 Spatial Economics
  • SBC 307 Environmental History of North America
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
  • SBC 310 Migration, Development and Population Redistribution
  • SBC 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
  • SBC 312 Environment, Society, and Health
  • SBC 401 Integrative, Collaborative Systems Studies
  • GSS 317 Geospatial Narratives: Deep Mapping for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • SUS 341 Environmental Treatises and Protocols
  • SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability*
  • EHI 311 Ecosystem-Based Management
  • ENV 310 Sustainable and Renewable Energy in Costa Rica

*An Internship with significant practical experience [SBC 488 Internship] or an approved research project [SBC 487 Research] may be substituted for SUS 350 or ENV 340.

Declaration of the Minor

Students should declare the Sustainability Studies minor no later than the middle of their sophomore year, at which time they should consult with the minor coordinator or undergraduate director and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.