|Ball State University
Clustered Academic Minors in
Environmentally Sustainable Practices
Interdepartmental Minor in:
| There have been many
national, and state developments related to business and the
that demonstrate the urgent need for education in environmentally
business practice. The United Nations, the European Union, the
Organization for Standardization, and the International Chamber of
have all established strong positions for business practices compatible
with the environment. The President of the United States
the President's Council on Sustainable Development and issued an
order mandating the choice of environmentally preferable alternatives
government purchases. The United States Environmental Protection
Agency developed environmental guidelines for federal agencies and has
served as a partner in the development of international environmental
The Indiana Business Modernization and Technology Corporation and the Indiana Economic Development Council are cooperating in the design of a potential Indiana Environmental Extension Network. In addition, environmentally oriented nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are working in partnership with businesses, and coalitions of businesses are developing their own voluntary environmental guidelines. Firms worldwide are establishing environmental management systems (EMS), and guidelines have been established at national and international levels to encourage consistency across firms. The International Organization for Standardization developed the ISO 14000 series as a framework for a firm's EMS. Its companion, ISO 14001, outlines EMS basics. Firms participating in the global economy or in countries that have adopted ISO 14001 will need employees to help shepherd the firm through the certification process. Clearly, the impetus to adopt environmentally compatible business practices is spreading throughout the world community.
Because of these developments, there is an
to educate business students in environmentally compatible practices
to educate non-business students from
A minor in The Environmental Context for
the momentum that has begun to position Ball State University at the
among colleges nationwide in promoting innovative approaches to
literacy. The program is anchored by a new course, The Emerging
of Environmental Issues for Business (BUSAD 300). This is
by the three core courses (Ecology, Environmental Economics, and
Ethics), a carefully chosen set of additional existing courses
to Technology, Introductory Operations Management, and Environmental
and Policy), and
|Curriculum Overview||25 Hours|
|Course Descriptions||Required Courses|
|BIO 216 Ecology (3).
Effects of physical and biotic conditions on the distribution and
of plants and animals. Dynamics of ecological systems are
at the population, community, and ecosystem levels, and from an
perspective. Practical applications are emphasized. Lecture
ECON 311/NREM 303 Environmental Economics (3). The application of economic principles to environmental problems. Emphasis is on applying the economist's decision-making model to environmental issues and the advantages and shortcomings of the economist's analysis.
PHIL 230 Environmental Ethics (3). Introduction to and analysis of basic concepts, principles, theories, and issues in environmental ethics.
ITEDU 101 Introduction to Technology (3). An overview of technology and how it interacts with people, society, and the environment is provided. The evolution of technology and the relationship of technology with other disciplines is also explored.
MGT 251 Introductory Operations Management
POLS 347 Environmental Law and Policy (3). Significant facets of the legal system's response to conflicting demands upon environmental resources. Composition of environmental problems, control issues, policy formulation, and legal remedies.
BUSAD 300 The Emerging Context of
for Business (3). Examines interdisciplinary perspectives of
issues forming the environmental context for business. The
ID 400 Creating a Sustainable Future: The Clustered Minors Capstone (3). Capstone course for students in the interdepartmental minor programs in environmentally sustainable practices. Variable topics. Emphasizes interdisciplinary perspectives on creating sustainable practices--environmentally and culturally--for the future. Seminar format, with visiting scholars working interactively with students.
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