Sustainable Management

UW-PARKSIDE 2019-21 CATALOG

College:
Natural and Health Sciences

Degree and Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science
Major - Sustainable Management
Certificate - Sustainable Management Science
Certificate - Sustainable Enterprise Management

Student Organizations/Clubs:
Biology Club, Geosciences Club, Geography Club, Environmental Club

Career Possibilities:
Sustainable management emphasizes the triple bottom line of achieving positive financial, social, and environmental outcomes. Careers vary greatly. Possibilities include environmental consulting, environmental law, product management, waste management, corporate sustainability, green public relations, sustainable business development, entrepreneurship, natural resource management, environmental impact analysis, transportation efficiency analyst, landscape designer, community development, recycling, energy management, water conservation, systems thinking specialist, and green marketing.

Program Overview

The development of sustainable business models is one of our most pressing needs in society today.  Our economic, environmental, and social well-being all rely on providing goods and services to an ever-increasing population at present, while maintaining the integrity of these systems for future generations.  To accomplish this, graduates need to be trained in the theoretical concepts of sustainability along with gaining practical skills to apply these in a business setting.

This program is a collaborative, online bachelor of science degree completion program.  The Sustainable Management program, introduced in Fall 2009, has been successfully preparing students in these critical skills for more than 9 years with graduates yearly. The program is a four-campus consortium that includes UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-Superior, and with administrative oversight through UW-Extension Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL).  Program participants complete 60 credits off-site finishing most if not all their General Education and pre-requisite courses before being admitted into the program, whereupon they complete 21 courses (63 credits) in the SMGT program that are distributed among the four partner campuses.

Because the first two years of the program curriculum consist primarily of general education requirements and prerequisites, students can begin the program through the UW Colleges, the Wisconsin Technical Colleges, or any of the UW System campuses. Students wishing to complete the entire curriculum online may do so by starting through UW Colleges online and then finishing this online program through any one of the four institutions in the collaboration. Transfer students are welcome in the sustainable management program.

Program-Level Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • identify human reliance and impacts on natural systems;
  • understand basic eco-system principals and identify risks to ecosystem resources;
  • identify the financial implications in utilization of natural systems;
  • develop resilient business strategies that reduce social vulnerability and improve stakeholder outcomes;
  • develop business practices that support and enhance natural systems stability and resiliency;
  • develop triple bottom line accounting practices for businesses and organizations;
  • facilitate change management in organizations; provide leadership to encourage and inspire sustainability commitment in stakeholders;
  • facilitate appreciation for the capacity of business and organizations to affect positive change;
  • facilitate the ability to quantify and demonstrate the benefits of sustainability to stakeholders of the organization.

Requirements for the Sustainable Management Major (63 credits)

Students are admitted into the program after completing the UW-Parkside general education requirements and have earned 60 credits of college work. Students majoring in sustainable management are not required to complete the foreign language requirement. Students are also required to have completed the following five prerequisite courses: college algebra, introductory biology, general chemistry, public speaking, and introductory statistics. Often students complete the five prerequisite courses within their first 60 credits of college work.

Students are required to complete each of the 21 courses listed below to complete this major. Students need to consult with the bachelor of science in sustainable management (SMGT) academic director.

Required Courses (63 credits)
SMGT 115 Environmental Science and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 220 Systems Thinking 3 cr
SMGT 230 Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers 3 cr
SMGT 235 Economics in Society and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 240 Business Communications for Sustainable Management 3 cr
SMGT 250 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security 3 cr
SMGT 305 Climate Change and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 310  Ecology for Sustainable Management 3 cr
SMGT 320 Renewable Energy for Sustainable Management 3 cr
SMGT 325 Natural Resource Management 3 cr
SMGT 330 Marketing for a Sustainable World 3 cr
SMGT 332 Economics of Environmental Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 335 Management and Environmental Information Systems 3 cr
SMGT 340 Organizational Behavior and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 360 Environmental and Sustainability Policy 3 cr
SMGT 370 Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 410 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 420 The Built Environment and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 435 International Development and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 460 Environment and Society 3 cr
SMGT 495 Sustainable Management Capstone 3 cr

 

Requirements for the Sustainable Management Science Certificate (12 credits)

The sustainable management program offers an online certificate in sustainable management science that is available to undergraduate students as well as to non-degree-seeking students. Students applying to the certificate program will have to meet the course prerequisites for the courses listed in the certificate program. Admission to the certificate program does not comprise admission to the bachelor of science in sustainable management (SMGT) degree program. To be admitted to the SMGT degree program, students will have to follow the admissions processes of degree-seeking students and meet the requirements for the SMGT degree program. Students who complete courses in a certificate program and are later admitted to the SMGT degree program will be able to use the credits earned in the certificate program toward the degree.

Required Courses (12 credits)
SMGT 305 Climate Change and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 310 Ecology for Sustainable Management 3 cr
SMGT 320 Renewable Energy for Sustainable Management 3 cr
SMGT 325 Natural Resource Management 3 cr

 

Requirements for the Sustainable Enterprise Management Certificate (15 credits)

The sustainable management program offers an online certificate in sustainable enterprise management that is available to undergraduate students as well as to non-degree seeking students. Students applying to the certificate program will have to meet the course prerequisites for the courses listed in the certificate program. Admission to the certificate program does not comprise admission to the bachelor of science in sustainable management (SMGT) degree program. Students who complete courses in a certificate program and are later admitted to the SMGT degree program will be able to use the credits earned in the certificate program toward the degree.

Required Courses (15 credits)
SMGT 230 Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers 3 cr
SMGT 235 Economics in Society and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 332 Economics of Environmental Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 435 International Development and Sustainability 3 cr
SMGT 335 Management and Environmental Information Systems 3 cr

 

Courses in Sustainable Management (SMGT)

115

Environmental Science and Sustainability
Prereq: Admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Overview of the interrelationships between humans and the environment. The material presented in the first one-third of the course focuses on important ecological concepts. The remainder of the course deals with human influence on the environment and sustainable practices to avoid or ameliorate the negative impacts. The ecological concepts are used throughout to identify, understand, and provide a basis for proposing possible solutions to contemporary environmental problems. Overall, this course will provide the student with a better understanding of how humans can more positively affect the environment in which they live.

3 cr
220

Systems Thinking
Prereq:  Admitted SMGT majors only or program advisor consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Students will use systems thinking to apply the concept of sustainability in various business, social, and scientific contexts. Rather than looking at problems by analyzing their component parts, students will learn to analyze whole systems. Students will then model the relationships and behaviors to identify leverage points for change.

3 cr
230

Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers
Prereq: College Algebra, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Students will be introduced to the discipline of financial and managerial accounting and learn how this information is used. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the preparation of financial statements and their analytical use. Further, students will explore how this accounting information is applied by managers in the decision-making process helping organizations meet the triple bottom line (strong profits, healthy environment, and vital communities).

3 cr
235

Economics in Society and Sustainability
Prereq: College Algebra, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall.
General introductory course highlighting economic, social, and environmental issues facing society. In addition to covering traditional issues such as markets and prices (microeconomics), government economic management (macroeconomics), and international trade, it also introduces economic content into the analysis of selected topics such as poverty and discrimination, the environment, and the provision of government services. Critiques of conventional economics thought, within the context of systems thinking and ecological economics, are integrated throughout the course.

3 cr
240

Economics in Society and Sustainability
Prereq: College Algebra, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall.
Interdisciplinary professional and technical communication course that applies knowledge of sustainability principles and develops rhetorical skills for a variety of audiences in social, economic, and environmental contexts.

3 cr
250

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
Prereq: SMGT 115, admitted SMGT majors only or program advisor consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
This course offers an in-depth assessment of the economic, social, and environmental considerations of production agricultural systems that provide safe, reliable, and affordable food supplies for a growing human population.  In addition to the maintenance of the economic viability of production agricultural systems, course topics will focus on: the maintenance of soil, water, and air resources; addressing issues of biodiversity loss; and, maintenance of rural community character and economies.  Economic, regulatory, and public entity tools that promote sustainability in production agriculture will also be addressed. 

3 cr
305

Climate Change and Sustainability
Prereq: SMGT 115, admitted SMGT majors only or program advisor consent on space available basis. Freq:  Yearly.
This course focuses on climate change science and greenhouse gases, natural and human impacts of climate change, and sustainable and efficient strategies to limit carbon emissions. The course is divided into three major areas: 1) climate science and measured impacts, 2) modelled predictions and mitigation/adaptation strategies, 3) sustainable and carbon neutral practices. This course will emphasize not only the economics of carbon budgeting and increasing efficiency but also the human role in creating and solving climate change and the discrepancies in who, where, and what will be impacted by both climate change and the necessary solutions.

3 cr
310

Ecology for Sustainable Management
Prereq: Introductory Biology or SMGT 115, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Interrelationships of organisms with each other and their environments. Investigation into composition and dynamics of populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes, and the biosphere with emphasis on sustainability.

3 cr
320

Renewable Energy for Sustainable Management
Prereq: College Algebra, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Discusses sustainability as it relates to the world’s increasing use of energy. Considers the potential harm done via greenhouse gases and prospects for large-scale implementation of more benign sources. Covers basic engineering principles and applications.

3 cr
325

Natural Resource Management
Prereq:  Admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall.
Examines the interdependence between natural resources associated with land, air, and water. Explores significant environmental issues regarding the policies and problems in the use and management of natural resources related to soils, vegetation, landscape within the context of social needs and sustainability.

3 cr
330

Marketing for a Sustainable World
Prereq: Admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Analyzes an organization’s opportunities to develop sustainability practices as they relate to the development of product, pricing, supply and distribution channels (retail, wholesale), promotion (advertising, sales promotion, public relations) and target markets and reporting methodologies.

3 cr
331

Sustainable Organizational Finance
Prereq: Admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Spring.
An introduction to the theory and methods of sustainable organizational finance. Topics include financial statements; discounting and budgeting; uncertainty and risk/reward trade-offs; and assessing the financial implications of the triple bottom line (e.g. climate change, carbon trading, human resource management, and creating environmentally-conscious shareholder value).

3 cr
332

Economics of Environmental Sustainability
Prereq: Admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Provides an examination of the interaction between market activity and the environment as well as the use of economic decision making to manage the environment. This course applies economic analysis to the efficient and sustainable management of environmental goods and resources, and examines how economic institutions and policies can be changed to bring the environmental impacts of economic decision-making more into balance with human desires and the needs of the ecosystem.  Serves as an introduction to the theory, methods, and application of sustainable organizational finance. Topics include financial statements, discounting and budgeting, uncertainty and risk/reward trade-offs, and assessing the financial implications of the triple bottom line (e.g., climate change, carbon trading, human resource management, and the creation of environmentally conscious shareholder value).

3 cr
335

Management and Environmental Information Systems
Prereq:  SMGT 230, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
This course presents an overview different technologies and information systems used in modern organizations. It covers various information systems for analyzing organizational data and processes.  It presents tools for managing projects, promoting collaboration, and teamwork in the workplace. This course provides students hands-on experience with the information systems and technology tools. It also covers technologies that promote sustainability, and includes topics such as green computing and low-carbon technologies.  

3 cr
340

Organizational Behavior and Sustainability
Prereq: Admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Management principles and theories underlying human behavior in organizations are investigated. Topics include personality, motivation, communication, decision-making, leadership, teamwork, ethics, power, diversity, and work stress. Constraints and opportunities of an “eco” friendly organization are realized.

3 cr
360

Environmental and Sustainability Policy
Prereq: SMGT 115, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall.
Topics include the spectrum of historical, theoretical and technical issues applicable to sustainable management of natural resources, environmental quality standards and risk management. Administrative structures that form the basis for selecting appropriate responses to complex management problems faced by industry, government and non-governmental agencies are identified. The historical development and current framework of public policy are investigated and specific foundational legislation is critiqued.

3 cr
370

Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability
Prereq:  Statistics course, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall.
An introduction to the concepts, functions, processes, and objectives of logistics and supply chain management activities. It covers those activities that are involved in physically moving raw materials, inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of use or consumption. It covers the planning, organizing, and controlling of such activities, and examines the role of supply chain processes in creating sustainable competitive advantage with respect to quality, flexibility, lead-time, and cost. Topics include customer service, inventory management, transportation, warehousing, supply chain management, reverse logistics, green supply chains and international logistics.

3 cr
410

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
Prereq:  Admitted SMGT majors only or program advisor consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
This course will enable students to understand the rationale behind CSR and sustainability. This course takes students through an evaluation of risks and potential impacts in decision making, enabling them to recognize the links between the success of an organization and the well-being of a community/society. Additionally, methods and standards of integrating CSR throughout an organization, creating metrics and communicating CSR policies internally and externally will be discussed and analyzed. Students will develop an understanding of best practices of CSR in its entire breadth within an organization as well as delve into economic structures designed to foster more responsibility and accountability.

3 cr
420

The Built Environment and Sustainability
Prereq:  Admitted SMGT majors only or program advisor consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
This course addresses the impacts of the human-built environment on natural systems and opportunities available to mitigate them through thoughtful planning, design, and implementation techniques to provide desirable, affordable, and sustainable living and working spaces.  Topics focus on providing critical infrastructure for economic development, housing, transportation, and utilities while protecting and enhancing environmental assets through effective site and building design, public input, and use of regulatory tools.  Additional attention is given to the maintenance of community character and the economic and social interdependence of rural, exurban, suburban, and urban areas.

3 cr
430

International Management for a Sustainable World
Prereq:  SMGT 235, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Spring.
Analysis of the theory and practice of managing international organizations including socio-cultural aspects and group dynamics of international business and service organizations through the study of sustainable management practices. Implementation of a triple bottom line solution to organizational problems will be emphasized.

3 cr
435

International Development and Sustainability
Prereq: SMGT 235, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
This course examines the international sustainability concerns. It explores interrelationships of sustainable management practices with population growth, health, food security, poverty, inequality, urbanization, international trade, technology and environmental change at local, regional, and global levels. Contemporary issues and alternatives will be explored to identify sustainable management practices that can lead to strong profitability, healthy environments, and vibrant communities.

3 cr
460

Environment and Society
Prereq: SMGT 115, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Yearly.
Introduces the fundamentals of human-environmental interaction; a grasp of how these interactions create problems; and how the elements of social, technological, and personal choices combine to overcome them.

3 cr
495

Sustainable Management Capstone
Prereq: Senior standing, instructor consent, admitted SMGT majors only or program adviser consent on space available basis. Freq: Fall, Spring.
An application and study of sustainable management through the solution of an industry-based project. Implementation of a triple bottom line solution to industrial problems will be emphasized.

3 cr
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