Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University


Sustainability Thematic Thread

This thread asks students to grapple with the question of how our society can become sustainable in its use of, and impact on, our natural environment. Students will gain an understanding of the so-called “triple bottom line” of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic prosperity. This thread parallels the existing Certificate in Sustainability. A student who completes this thread will be eligible to receive the certificate. Note that some courses in the certificate are not included in the thread. 

Faculty Liaison: Stentor Danielson

Curriculum Guide

Gateway Courses 1
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Biology
Environmental Geology
Introduction to Environmental Problems
Foundations in Sustainability
Focused Courses 1
Select two courses from the following (must include two categories and two departments; one course must be 300/400 level) 16
Culture, Discourse, and Ideas
Literature of the Environment
Americans and the Environment
Science, Technology, and Mathematics
Conservation Biology/Lab
Ecology with Lab
Earth's Changing Climate
Society and Institutions
Economics of Sustainable Development
Economics of Sustainable Development
Planning for Sustainable Communities
Sustainability in Food and Hospitality
Contemporary Travel and Tourism
Civic Knowledge and Engagement
Environmental Law and Policy
Ethical Reasoning
Environmental Justice
Environmental Ethics
Capstone Course 1
GES 362Applications in Sustainability3
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Sustainability Thematic Thread (SUST)
Revised: 08.03.2020
UCC 03.03.2020