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Three Colleges, Two Pathways, One Program.

Challenging Convention & Making Waves

Overview

Business & Sustainability, BA

104 - 107 Credits

Offered on the Bellingham and Poulsbo Campus  

Challenge the idea of conventional business practices. Explore the role of business in navigating social and environmental challenges and advancing sustainable development, as established by the United Nations. Through an interdisciplinary program provided in conjunction with three campus colleges, seize the opportunity to study economics, management, energy, environmental science, and policy. Learn to analyze complex issues from multiple perspectives and advocate for sustainable solutions within your organizations and communities.  

Energy Studies Concentration

111 - 112 Credits 

Offered only on the Bellingham Campus 

This unique program within the Business & Sustainability major emphasizes the importance of transitioning to a more sustainable energy system to reconciling our economic and environmental aspirations. Find growing opportunities in the emerging energy economy in Washington and beyond. Develop a strong blend of analytic and communication skills, along with energy-related expertise that industry and government experts identified as essential to workforce needs in the emerging energy economy.  

Plans of Study

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Recommended Plan of Study - Business & Sustainability

 

  • A Plan of Study details the order in which you plan to take required courses.
  • The Recommended Plan of Study offered is based on the 2021-2022 academic year and subject to change.
  • If you cannot follow the Recommended Plan of Study, use the parameters to rearrange the Plan of Study to suit your needs. After doing so, contact an advisor with questions and concerns. 
  • Completing the foundation courses is not required to declare this major. 

Foundation Courses (38 credits)
  • ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting Credits: 4
  • ACCT 245 - Managerial Accounting Credits: 4
  • DSCI 205 - Business Statistics Credits: 4
  • ECON 206 - Introduction to Microeconomics Credits: 4
  • ECON 207 - Introduction to Macroeconomics Credits: 4
  • ENVS 203 - Physical Geography Credits: 4
  • ESCI 225 - Beginning Ecology Credits: 4
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications to Business and Economics Credits: 4
  • MGMT 271 - Law and the Business Environment Credits: 4
  • MIS 220 - Introduction to Business Computer Systems Credits: 2 *

*Students may test out of this course

Required Courses (Part of 67-69 credits)

In Year 3, consider finishing any foundation courses and starting courses required within the curriculum acting as prerequisites. Consult the catalog or Class Finder for details about prerequisites.

All of the following courses:

  • FIN 341 - Principles of Finance Credits: 4
  • MGMT 311 - Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior Credits: 4
  • MIS 320 - Principles of Management Information Systems Credits: 4
  • MKTG 380 - Principles of Marketing Credits: 4
  • OPS 360 - Operations Management Credits: 4
  • ENVS/UEPP 361 - Introduction to Planning Credits: 3
    • Only offered Fall & Spring Quarter
  • ENVS/MGMT 359 - Business and Sustainability Principles and Practice Credits: 4
    • Prerequisite to Capstone ENVS/MGMT 466
    • Only offered during Fall Quarter
    • Take this course in the Fall Quarter of your Junior year

One course from:

  • ECON 383 - Environmental Economics Credits: 4
  • ENRG/ECON 384 - Energy Economics Credits: 4

One course from:

  • ENVS 303 - Introduction to Environmental Studies I: Human Ecology and Ethics Credits: 5
    • Only offered Fall & Winter Quarter 
  • ENRG/ENVS 350 - Energy Policy and Politics Credits: 4
    • Only offered Fall & Winter Quarter

One course from:

  • ENVS 305 - Introduction to Environmental Studies II: History and Policy Credits: 5
    • Only offered Winter and Spring Quarter
  • ENRG/ENVS 459 - Advanced Energy Policy Credits: 4
    • Only offered Winter Quarter

Required Courses (Part of 67-69 credits)

In Year 4, consider taking courses within the curriculum that require upper-division prerequisites. Consult the catalog or Class Finder for information about prerequisites.

One course from:

  • ECON 482 - Advanced Topics in Environmental Economics Credits: 4
    • Only offered Fall & Spring Quarter
  • ENRG/ECON 484 - Economics of Alternative Energy Credits: 4
    • Only offered Fall & Winter Quarter

One course from:

  • ENVS/UEPP 355 - Environmental Law and Policy Credits: 4
  • ENVS/UEPP 457 - Environmental Dispute Resolution Credits: 4

One course from:

  • ENRG/ESCI 360 - Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design Credits: 4
    • Only offered Fall Quarter 
  • ENRG/ESCI 380 - Energy and Environment Credits: 4
    • Only offered Fall & Winter Quarter

One course from:

  • MKTG 384 - Marketing and Sustainability Credits: 4
    • Only offered Fall & Winter Quarter
  • MKTG 474 - Marketing Strategies for Sustainability Credits: 4
    • Only offered Fall & Winter Quarter
Capstone

ENVS/MGMT 466 - Greening Business Applications Credits: 5

  • Only offered during Spring Quarter
  • Take this course in the Spring Quarter of your Senior Year
Additional
  • 300- or 400-level advisor-approved electives Credits: minimum of 7

Recommended Plan of Study - Energy Studies Concentration

  • A Plan of Study details the order in which you plan to take required courses.
  • The Recommended Plan of Study offered is based on the 2021-2022 academic year and subject to change.
  • If you cannot follow the Recommended Plan of Study, use the parameters to rearrange the Plan of Study to suit your needs. After doing so, contact an advisor with questions and concerns. 
  • Completing the foundation courses is not required to declare this concentration. 

Foundation Courses (48 credits)

All of the following courses:

  • ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting Credits: 4
  • ACCT 245 - Managerial Accounting Credits: 4
  • DSCI 205 - Business Statistics Credits: 4
  • ECON 206 - Introduction to Microeconomics Credits: 4
  • ECON 207 - Introduction to Macroeconomics Credits: 4
  • ENRG 101 - Energy and Society Credits: 3
  • MATH 115 - Precalculus II Credits: 5
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications to Business and Economics Credits: 4
  • MGMT 271 - Law and the Business Environment Credits: 4
  • MIS 220 - Introduction to Business Computer Systems Credits: 2 *
    • *Students may test out of this course
  • PLSC 250 - The American Political System Credits: 5

One course from:

  • CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I Credits: 5
  • PHYS 114 - Principles of Physics I Credits: 5

Required Courses (64 Credits)

In Year 3, consider finishing any foundation courses and starting courses required within the curriculum acting as prerequisites. Consult the catalog or Class Finder for details about prerequisites.

All of the following courses:

  • ENRG/ECON 384 - Energy Economics Credits: 4
  • ENRG/ECON 484 - Economics of Alternative Energy Credits: 4
    • Only offered during Fall & Winter Quarter
  • ENRG/ENVS 350 - Energy Policy and Politics Credits: 4
    • Only offered during Fall & Winter Quarter
  • FIN 341 - Principles of Finance Credits: 4
  • MGMT 311 - Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior Credits: 4
  • MIS 320 - Principles of Management Information Systems Credits: 4
  • MKTG 380 - Principles of Marketing Credits: 4
  • OPS 360 - Operations Management Credits: 4
  • ENVS/MGMT 359 - Business and Sustainability Principles and Practice Credits: 4
    • Prerequisite to Capstone ENVS/MGMT 466
    • Only offered during Fall Quarter
    • Take this course in the Fall Quarter of your Junior year

Capstone
  • ENVS/MGMT 466 - Greening Business Applications Credits: 5
    • Only offered during Spring Quarter
    • Take this course in the Spring Quarter of your Senior Year

All of the following courses:

  • ENRG/ENVS 459 - Advanced Energy Policy Credits: 4
    • Only offered during Winter Quarter
  • MKTG 384/ 474 - Marketing and Sustainability/ Marketing Strategies for Sustainability Credits: 4
    • Only offered during Fall & Winter Quarter

One course from:

  • DSCI 305 - Applied Business Statistics Credits: 4
  • ECON 375 - Introduction to Econometrics Credits: 4
  • ENRG 322 - Energy Data Analysis Credits: 4
    • Only offered during Winter & Spring Quarter

One course from:

  • ENRG/ESCI 360 - Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design Credits: 4
    • Only offered during Fall Quarter
  • ENRG/ESCI 380 - Energy and Environment Credits: 4
    • Only offered during Fall & Winter Quarter
Additional courses
  • 300- or 400-level advisor-approved

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For the current declaration year

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For the current declaration year

Visit the catalog for course descriptions, prerequisite information, and graduation requirements. 

For Declared Students

The Recommended Plans of Study are based on the current academic year of major declaration. Graduation requirements are based on your academic year of major declaration. Check your progress using Degree Works.

For Students Planning to Register

A quarter-by-quarter database of courses. Consult for time-specific registration information such as CRNs, class prerequisites, locations, times, and fees.

Learning Components

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What You'll Learn

  • The skills to apply economic analysis to problems in sustainable business faced by modern organizations. 
  • The ability to understand the social and political climate as well as the scientific issues involved in sustainable business. 
  • An extensive knowledge of business and management in the context of business sustainability giving you the basic skills needed to succeed in organizations. 

Students Challenging Convention: Applied Skills from Featured Courses

MTKG 384/474

MTKG 384/ 474 provides students with the skills for developing and marketing a sustainable product.

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Final Project Winter 2021

Students were tasked with creating a marketable product to reduce an environmental impact.

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted growth in the takeout restaurant industry, increasing the amount of plastic waste going to landfills. A student team created an eBook to offer business solutions to local restaurant owners in compliance with local waste management guidelines. 

For more, read: The eBook

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Lauren Hunnewell

Business & Sustainability major with a double minor in Economics and Environmental Policy

Alum 2021

ENVS/ MGMT 466

ENVS/ MGMT 466 offers an experiential capstone combining faculty and student teams from the College of Business and Economics and Huxley College of the Environment.

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Final Project Spring 2021

Students were tasked with carrying out a proposed plan to enhance sustainability within our community. 

Vitality Veterinary Wellness is an emerging veterinary hospital in Bellingham, WA focused on sustainable design and ethical pet care. In developing the consulting proposal for this up-and-coming clinic, the team provided a detailed plan for developing a passive building design, sourcing sustainable building materials, and implementing solar panels, a green roof, and solar tube installations. 

For more, read: The Vitality Veterinary Wellness Consulting Proposal

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Declan Davidson

Business & Sustainability

Senior 2021 

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Max Gitelman

Business & Sustainability

Senior 2021

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Audrey Madison

Business & Sustainability

Alum 2021

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Savannah Hauduc

Business & Sustainability 

Alum 2021

ENRG 459

ENRG 459 (Advanced Energy Policy) provides students the opportunity to research and write pro-environmental policies.

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Final Paper

Fuel From Farms Policy Proposal   

Learn how one student uses the idea of anaerobic digestion implemented through policy to improve the sustainability of the cattle industry.

ECON/ENRG 484

ECON/ENRG 484 (Alternative Energy Economics) facilitates the study of the economics of renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar and cultivates skills necessary to read and interpret the results of a regression analysis.

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Final Paper

The Economics of Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Residential Installations 

A student compares the costs and benefits of deciding between an energy efficiency upgrade or a rooftop solar installation using economic tools for analysis. 

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Careers to Explore

Environmental Consultant

Environmental Consultants may find employment with non-profit organizations, government agencies or private companies. Typical work includes gathering and analyzing data relating to the environmental impact of entities in question. 

Average Salary: $58,135

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineers work closely with industries to attack waste and pollution problems with technological solutions. May also work with government agencies to ensure full compliance with different environmental laws and regulations. Advanced research and technical skills are valuable when pursuing this career.

Average Salary: $92,120

Environmental Health and Safety Analyst

Generally work along side manufacturing and production companies, observing their work practices. They ensure that companies practices align with government regulations and safety standards. Also work to develop and implement green initiatives. 

Average Salary: $63,834

Sustainability Manager

Oversees and ensures proper sustainability and environmental strategies are upheld during construction projects. Usually ensuring the work done during construction is minimally invasive and done to the best standards possible. 

Average Salary: $74,733 

Energy Efficiency Analyst

Energy Analysts spend a good amount of time doing research and looking at data. Measuring energy efficiency and recommending improvements and assisting in efficiency improvement installations. Strong math skills are recommended for running statistical and regression analysis of gathered data. 

Average Salary: $53,950

Energy Policy Analyst

Review and analyze current energy policy as well as make suggestions for future energy-related bills and regulations. Could also work with private organizations to ensure energy policy and regulations are being met by the interested enterprise. 

Average Salary: $59,841

Hear From Our Students

Gain First-Hand Insight

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Alum discusses his experience

"At the school that I used to go to, there really wasn't an emphasis on the social and environmental parts of business, really just.. maximizing profit... Finding the Business & Sustainability program here at Western has really been a fantastic experience."

Will Barror
Business & Sustainability Alum 2021
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"I chose Business & Sustainability (B&S) because I wanted to make a difference in the world that future generations will be able to enjoy and experience for a long time to come... I get to collaborate with companies around the world on a variety of issues related to sustainability. Without B&S, I would never have been able to be a part of such a progressive company that aligns with my aspirations for the future."

Greyden Saunders
Consultant Scientist at Environmental Resource Management
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"I chose B&S because I was interested in how businesses could be a positive for the planet instead of a negative. It taught me about B corps while also giving me experience through projects that got me immersed into the recycling world which gave me a leg up when looking for jobs in that industry."

Nathan Anderson
Process Development Analyst for Recology-San Francisco
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“I wasn’t completely sold on being a traditional business student. The B&S program valued my interest in environmental issues and reducing my carbon footprint. It gave me the advantage of being one step ahead of my peers with a background in environmental economics and policy while also understanding budgets and marketing. I believe the expertise in both fields gave me the advantage I needed to be able to work in sustainable communications.”

Garett Valenzuela
Assistant Program Coordinator for C+C

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Teri Hall

 

Pre-Major Advisor, College of Business and Economics

Parks Hall 045, MS 9072 
360-650-4140 
hallt21@wwu.edu 

For questions about transfer equivalency and lower-division credits

Cristina Nelson

 

Department Manager, Department of Management 

Parks Hall 351 
360-650-2902 
Cristina.Nelson@wwu.edu

For department-level questions, B&S course overrides and submitting graduation documents

Gail Cowan

 

Admin and Program Advisor, Energy Studies Concentration

AH 303
360-650-4422
cowang4@wwu.edu

For questions about transfer equivalency and lower-division credits

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Craig Dunn

Faculty Advisor for Business & Sustainability Major

360-650-2593

Craig.Dunn@wwu.edu

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In accordance with the Registrar's instructions, submit one of the Major Evaluation Request forms above, depending on your major, to the Management Department Manager at cristina.nelson@wwu.edu.