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

B. Career and Leadership Skills (6 credits)

  • CSK 102 Career Leadership Skills: Working in Teams
  • CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication

Two of the following courses, each 1 credit:

  • CSK 101 Career Leadership Skills: Advocacy and Change
  • CSK 104 Career Leadership Skills: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • CSK 105 Career Leadership Skills: Leadership 
  • CSK 106 Career Leadership Skills: Communication Methods and Strategies
  • CSK 107 Career Leadership Skills: Assessment

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

Group 2: Ecology

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

Group 3: Human Population

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

Group 4: Economics

Group 5:  Environment, Policy and Society

  • EDP 305 Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development
  • 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 305 Collective Action and Advocacy
  • 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 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: 
One course passed with a C- may be applied to the major; all other 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.

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)

No more than two courses that are used to satisfy your major can be applied to this minor. 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
  • SUS 308 Economic Development
  • 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
  • SUS 305 Collective Action and Advocacy
  • SUS 341 Environmental Treatises and Protocols
  • SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability*
  • EHI 311 Ecosystem-Based Management


*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.