Sustainability and Sustainable Development

(18 credit hours) The sustainable development concentration focuses on the balancing of human needs with the protection of the natural and social environments. Components of a sustainable development strategy encompass environmental, economic, social, and political elements.

Required Courses (6 credit hours)

The following two courses:

SPEA-V 515 Sustainable Communities
(3 cr.)
SPEA-V 596 Sustainable Development (3 cr.)
Context for Sustainability (6 credit hours)

Students select two courses from a listing of classes that examine specific contexts for sustainability. Students are encouraged to develop courses that lead to expertise in a particular context. 

Development, Policy and Entrepreneurship:

SPEA-V 550 Topics in Public Affairs: Energy Policy (3 cr.

SPEA-V 559 Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 576 Approaches to Development (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 622 Seminar in Urban Economic Development (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 625 Environmental Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 643 Natural Resource Management and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 669 Economic Development, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 710 Topics in Public Policy: International Environmental Policy (3 cr.)
Natural Environment:

SPEA-E 460 Fisheries and Wildlife Manangement (3 cr.)

SPEA-E 522 Urban Forest Management (3 cr.)

SPEA-E 528 Forest Ecology and Management (3 cr.)

SPEA-E 532 Introduction to Applied Ecology (3 cr.)

SPEA-E 534 Restoration Ecology (3 cr.)

SPEA-E 545 Lake and Watershed Management (3 cr.)

SPEA-E 557 Conservation Biology (3 cr.)

Analytical Tools: (6 credit hours)

Select two of the following courses:

SPEA-E 511
Sustainability Assessment
(3 cr.)
SPEA-E 529 Application of Geographical Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 560 Environment Risk Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 547 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)


other relevant course identified by the student and the academic advisor, according to the specific career plans of the student.

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