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Sustainability Science

Track Advisor: Gregory Moller, School of Food Science

Track prerequisites: At a minimum, students entering the program in this track are expected to have successfully completed college level introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics and algebra.

Public and private agencies and businesses dealing with issues related to the management of environmental issues frequently lack professional expertise in science aspects of coupled natural and human systems.

The Sustainability Science PSM track is intended to provide science professionals for this growing field and builds on the existing Environmental Science curriculum in the physical and natural sciences. Courses in this track must be drawn from the University 500-level science courses (the list below contains suggestions only), and must represent an integrated course of study that focuses on a particular area of sustainability that is relevant to the student’s professional goals. Internships in science practicum will be available through Sustainable Idaho, the outreach arm of the University of Idaho Sustainability Center. All students in the track are required to take ENVS 596, the integrative capstone course in sustainability science.

Students will complete a minimum of 35 credits composed of the following:

  • 15 credits in the student’s focused science curriculum
  • 12 credits of professional skills courses
  • 3 credits of internship with an area employer
  • 3 credit elective science skills course
  • 2 credits of non-thesis research experience and seminar 

Science Curriculum (15 credits):

  Sustainability Science
ENVS 536 Principles of Sustainability (www) 3 cr.
ARCH 504 Social Sustainability of Global Cities (www) 3 cr.
ARCH 583 Sustainable Development  3 cr.
POLS 573 Sustainable Community Development Planning  3 cr.
BAE 504 Northwest Climate and Water Resources Change 3 cr.
GEOG 455 Societal Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change 3 cr.
AGEC/ENVS 577 Law, Ethics and the Environment 3 cr. 
ENVS 485 Energy Efficiency and Conservation (www) 3 cr.
ENVS 428 Pollution Prevention (www) 3 cr.
GEOG 411 Natural Hazards and Society 3 cr.
GEOG 560 Population Dynamics and Distribution 3-4 cr.
REM 440 Wildland Restoration and Ecology (www) 3 cr.
FST 509 Environmental Toxicology (www) 3 cr.
FISH 540 Wetland Restoration (www) 3 cr.
WR 506 Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources (live in Moscow, video to Idaho Falls & Boise) 3 cr.