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To graduate with a BA in Sustainable Living, students must successfully complete all requirements for the bachelor’s degree. As part of the requirements for the BA in Sustainable Living, students must complete 52 credits of coursework as follows:

20 credits of SL core courses

The built environment consists of all the things that humans build: buildings and the rural, suburban, and urban context in which they are placed. Buildings, the cities they are placed in, and the transportation systems that connect them are the biggest things that humans build. Designing and building them sustainably is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. This course gives an overview of issues of sustainability in the built environment and the developing solutions –high performance solar powered buildings, natural building, the ecocity movement, reuse of existing structures, urban agriculture, managing water in the urban landscape, turning wastes into resources. We’ll also explore how we can use the ancient ideas about orientation and placement of buildings and the design of cities from Maharishi Sthapatya Ved in the design of the contemporary sustainable built environment. The goal is to create a built environment that, like the natural environment, is regenerative, giving back more than it takes. This course is one of five required core courses in the Sustainable Living program and is a prerequisite to other courses in the Built Environment concentration. Course fee: $65
This course explores the role energy plays in sustainability and in the development of complexity and order in nature and in the human economy. Anything of economic value comes from nature or from humans, and both require energy. Therefore, energy is critical to the economy. Energy inevitably loses usefulness as it flows through manmade and natural systems. Sustainability is about regeneration and renewal of opportunity for future generations. Therefore, renewable sources of energy are essential for sustainability. Students will learn basic energy concepts and their application to sustainability and renewable energy systems. The course will include lecture, readings, films, guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on work. This course is one of the six sustainable living core courses and is required for all courses in the energy concentration. Course fee: $65
Permaculture Design is a system for rethinking and redesigning of every aspect of human endeavor in terms of sustainability. As such, it is a cross-disciplinary design system that 2016/17 320 involves architecture and building, agriculture, energy, urban and city design, economics and livelihoods, water, and the aesthetic integration of all of these in human settlements. On successful completion of the course, students will receive an internationally recognized certificate. The basic principles of permaculture design were developed by integrating the observation of natural systems, traditional indigenous wisdom, and modern scientific and technological knowledge by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. Through lecture, discussion, observation, field trips, hands-on learning, videos, slideshows, and handouts, students gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to design and implement sustainable systems in harmony with the natural world so participants can understand and apply these methods and skills to their home property and local community. Participants will learn principles and methodologies of sustainable design, how to read the landscape’s strategies and tools for urban and rural homesteads, food forests and orchards, greenhouse operation, natural building and alternative energy techniques. This is a foundation course for the entire Sustainable Living program. Lab fee: $65
Ecology is often defined as the study of relationships between organisms and their living and nonliving environment. The term has become more generalized in recent years to refer to a set of interacting entities in an environment. These entities could be thoughts, technologies, beliefs, organisms, pollutants, or mountains and the environment could be an individual mind, community, society, organism, planet, culture, or meadow. This more generalized notion of ecology opens us up to understand ecology as something that exists in the universe rather than just a lens or set of questions through which we gain knowledge of the world. In this course students will learn about fundamental ecological concepts, including niche, habitat, community, ecosystem, biomes, biosphere; population ecology; species interactions; energy flows; nutrient cycling; and succession. Lab fee: $65. Prerequisites: SL-G100 (CCTS) or consent of the instructor
How do we set about structuring a sustainable living environment that can be maintained on a global scale for all future generations? This course is about the big picture that drives the global sustainable living agenda. It provides a broad perspective on the problems we face as a species. We study what can and should be done to transform the current trends affecting population growth, biodiversity, climate, energy supply and consumption, food and water security and other threats to sustainability. We explore the shift in mindset or consciousness that is needed to take us from regarding the environment and an expendable resource to treasuring it as an entity with which we must live in harmony. This is the social changemaker concentration core course. Lab fee: $25

Plus at least 4 credits of Sustainable Living Internship

Note: up to 12 additional credits of Sustainable Living Internship can be applied towards the elective requirement (see below).

Plus 20 credits of Sustainable Living elective courses

Students may concentrate four of their electives in Sustainable Living concentrations.
The remainder of electives can be any Sustainable Living courses, or from the following:

This course examines principles of sustainability to develop school and community-based educational programs that address interrelated social, ecological, and pedagogical issues. Students will collaborate with educators in the USA and Africa to design short, functional educational units that address sustainability problems in local and international settings. Field trips will be arranged to local schools and regional community development projects that utilize principles of sustainable development. This course will be of interest to all students who hope to make practical contributions to sustainable community development.
Principles of management and marketing are taught from the perspective of starting a new business with an integrated business strategy. Students articulate their personal and 2016/17 82 business goals and generate ideas for a sustainable business. Prerequisite: MGT 200 if not a business major
This course will identify some of the key global environmental and food challenges facing the planet, the international treaties that are currently in place to address them, and what new paradigms, policies and laws we will need to create in this century to make lasting peace with our planet and ourselves.

Students may also request to have other courses accepted as elective credit at the discretion of their adviser.

Plus 8 credits Sustainable Living Senior Project

The Sustainable Living Senior Projects is a summative project that will apply concepts and skills learned in other Sustainable Living courses. Before taking Sustainable Living Senior Project, it is highly recommended to take Sustainable Living Project Prep, which counts as an elective.

Plus Pass Senior Comprehensive Exam on Sustainable Living

Requirements for Concentrations

Concentrations are available as dictated by student demand. Students are not required to take concentrations, and courses in concentrations are open to students not taking concentrations within a given area.

Concentrations are not designed to provide vocational training leading to a high level job in the field, e.g. an architect or engineer. For that, we recommend significant further study at an institution specializing in that vocational field.

Agriculture

SL A101: Organic Agriculture
SL A201: Season Extension
SL A401: Planning an Organic Farm
SL A202: Biodynamic Agriculture

Sustainability and the Built Environment

SL B101: Sustainability, Buildings, and the Built Environment (required core course)
SL B201: Natural Building
SL B202: Ecocities
SL B301: High Performance Green Building Energy
SL E101: Energy and Sustainability: The Energy Basis of Humans and Nature (required core course)
SL E201: Energy Technology
SL E301: Modeling and Monitoring Energy Flow

Fundamentals of Sustainability

SL—F151: Deep Ecology
SL—F305: Spirituality and Sustainability
SL—F310: Sustainability and Social Justice
SL—F401: Philosophies of Sustainability

Applied Soil Ecology

SL—G107: Ecology (required core course)
SL—G195: Living Systems
SL—A301: Living Soil

Social Changemaker

SL—P101: Global Sustainability (required core course)
SL—P303: Energy Consciousness and Society
SL—P404: How to Create Social Change

Regenerative Agriculture

SL—A401: Planning an Organic Farm (4 credits)
SL—A340: Soil Science (4 credits)
SL—A202: Biodynamic Agriculture (4 credits)
SL—A341: Starting Seeds in Greenhouses (3 credits)
SL—A342: Greenhouse Management (3 credits)
SL—A343: Field Preparation and Transplanting (3 credits)
SL—A344: Organic Crop Nutrient Management (3 credits)
SL—A345: Organic Pest Management (3 credits)
SL—A346: Harvest, Postharvest, and Value Addition (3 credits)
SL—A347: Apprenticeship (3 credits)
Note: This concentration must be taken in its entirety and in sequence.

Graduation Requirements for the Minor in Sustainable Living

To graduate with a Minor in Sustainable Living, students must complete 24 credits of Sustainable Living courses as follows:

20 credits of SL core courses:

The built environment consists of all the things that humans build: buildings and the rural, suburban, and urban context in which they are placed. Buildings, the cities they are placed in, and the transportation systems that connect them are the biggest things that humans build. Designing and building them sustainably is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. This course gives an overview of issues of sustainability in the built environment and the developing solutions –high performance solar powered buildings, natural building, the ecocity movement, reuse of existing structures, urban agriculture, managing water in the urban landscape, turning wastes into resources. We’ll also explore how we can use the ancient ideas about orientation and placement of buildings and the design of cities from Maharishi Sthapatya Ved in the design of the contemporary sustainable built environment. The goal is to create a built environment that, like the natural environment, is regenerative, giving back more than it takes. This course is one of five required core courses in the Sustainable Living program and is a prerequisite to other courses in the Built Environment concentration. Course fee: $65
This course explores the role energy plays in sustainability and in the development of complexity and order in nature and in the human economy. Anything of economic value comes from nature or from humans, and both require energy. Therefore, energy is critical to the economy. Energy inevitably loses usefulness as it flows through manmade and natural systems. Sustainability is about regeneration and renewal of opportunity for future generations. Therefore, renewable sources of energy are essential for sustainability. Students will learn basic energy concepts and their application to sustainability and renewable energy systems. The course will include lecture, readings, films, guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on work. This course is one of the six sustainable living core courses and is required for all courses in the energy concentration. Course fee: $65
Permaculture Design is a system for rethinking and redesigning of every aspect of human endeavor in terms of sustainability. As such, it is a cross-disciplinary design system that 2016/17 320 involves architecture and building, agriculture, energy, urban and city design, economics and livelihoods, water, and the aesthetic integration of all of these in human settlements. On successful completion of the course, students will receive an internationally recognized certificate. The basic principles of permaculture design were developed by integrating the observation of natural systems, traditional indigenous wisdom, and modern scientific and technological knowledge by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. Through lecture, discussion, observation, field trips, hands-on learning, videos, slideshows, and handouts, students gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to design and implement sustainable systems in harmony with the natural world so participants can understand and apply these methods and skills to their home property and local community. Participants will learn principles and methodologies of sustainable design, how to read the landscape’s strategies and tools for urban and rural homesteads, food forests and orchards, greenhouse operation, natural building and alternative energy techniques. This is a foundation course for the entire Sustainable Living program. Lab fee: $65
Ecology is often defined as the study of relationships between organisms and their living and nonliving environment. The term has become more generalized in recent years to refer to a set of interacting entities in an environment. These entities could be thoughts, technologies, beliefs, organisms, pollutants, or mountains and the environment could be an individual mind, community, society, organism, planet, culture, or meadow. This more generalized notion of ecology opens us up to understand ecology as something that exists in the universe rather than just a lens or set of questions through which we gain knowledge of the world. In this course students will learn about fundamental ecological concepts, including niche, habitat, community, ecosystem, biomes, biosphere; population ecology; species interactions; energy flows; nutrient cycling; and succession. Lab fee: $65. Prerequisites: SL-G100 (CCTS) or consent of the instructor
How do we set about structuring a sustainable living environment that can be maintained on a global scale for all future generations? This course is about the big picture that drives the global sustainable living agenda. It provides a broad perspective on the problems we face as a species. We study what can and should be done to transform the current trends affecting population growth, biodiversity, climate, energy supply and consumption, food and water security and other threats to sustainability. We explore the shift in mindset or consciousness that is needed to take us from regarding the environment and an expendable resource to treasuring it as an entity with which we must live in harmony. This is the social changemaker concentration core course. Lab fee: $25

Plus one additional Sustainable Living course (4 credits)

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