Applied Sustainability Education

Sustainability is one of the most important and marketable specialties available in the 21st century.  Florida Tech offers a multi-disciplinary Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Studies and a program Minor in Sustainability.  We use innovative courses, systems thinking skills, and applied projects to unravel the complexity and build real-world expertise in your areas of interest.  Final projects use a campus classroom model:  students address university sustainability challenges to develop marketable skills for diverse occupations.  What over 750 global CEOs think:  future prospects in sustainability.

Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Studies

Florida Tech's major program in Sustainability Studies expands on our well-known science and engineering strengths and combines customized business and social science courses to produce graduates that can operate across multiple disciplines in the 21st century.  Four concentrations are offered:  Technology & Engineering; Business & Economics;  Environmental Sciences; and Social Sciences.  

Program information is available in the Major Planning and Elective Guide and at Sustainability Studies.  The major planning and electives form is used to plan diverse electives within and among the four concentration areas.  Please contact Sustainability Program for more information on any question.  Over 50 job descriptions:  University Sustainability Professionals.   

Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability

Florida Tech’s Minor in Sustainability is available to undergraduates from any College - Science, Business, Engineering, Aviation, and Psychology/Liberal Arts.  Since 2010, students from over 15 majors from all five colleges have taken advantage of this program. The minor consists of 6 courses (2 required, 4 elective) that total 18 credits.  With planning, many students can integrate most courses into their curriculum.  Two courses are required for the minor, both are also fundamental to the major program:

Introduction to Sustainability (ISC 1500, 3 credits)   This fall semester course is available for students enrolled in the Sustainability Minor and also for students not in the minor.  Sustainable practices are examined among diverse specialities at international through local levels following the ISC 1500 syllabus.  How to register.  Instructor: Dr. K. Lindeman.

Applied Sustainability (ISC 4000, 3 credits)   Taken during the spring semester of the junior or senior year, students synthesize and apply what they have learned in ISC 1500, eligible electives (see below), and ISC 4000 classwork to create hands-on sustainability products in their areas of interest.  The class can also be taken by students not in the minor.  ISC 4000 syllabus.  

Electives for the Sustainability Minor (12 credits)   For the remaining 4 electives, students take 1 course within each of these 4 topic areas:  Environmental Sciences,  BusinessTechnology, and  Social Sciences/Humanities.  FIT has over 80 eligible courses among these 4 topic areas that can be viewed here:  Minor Electives List.    

Enrolling in Sustainability Major or Minor Programs

Evaluate your courses and scheduling using either the Major Planning and Elective Guide or the Minor Course Planning Form and minor electives List.  Then finalize course planning forms with the Dept. of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies.  Questions?  E-mail Sustainability Program , call 321.674.7370, or visit. Rm 103, Shephard Bldg, South Jungle. 

Florida Tech's Sustainability Programs have five primary objectives: 

  • increase student knowledge of concepts and best practices associated with sustainability;
  • improve student understanding of the relevance of sustainability within their areas of study;
  • increase awareness of systems analysis involving environment, social, and economic solutions to select problems at several scales;
  • synthesize and apply understanding of sustainability through interdisciplinary projects on and off campus; and
  • generate applied scholars who are prepared to employ best sustainability practices and innovate across systems.