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Urban Environmental Analysis and Management
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  Graduate School-Newark 2020-2022 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Business and Science 137 Sustainability  


Sustainability is offered as a concentration within the professional science master's program described under Business and Science 137. The concentration in sustainability is designed to help students identify, analyze, and better understand connections among social, environmental, technological, and economic systems. Designed upon a systems analysis approach, this program provides a broad understanding of the forces driving these systems. It also provides specific tools and skills to measure, predict, and influence key processes that influence sustainability. A systems-based approach to problem solving seeks to envision and forecast how individual or local actions can affect the function of a larger ecosystem, structure, organization, or process. By understanding and acknowledging the interactions of social, environmental, and economic systems, graduates of this program will be better equipped to conceive, propose, and promote strategies that meet short-term personal and organizational needs while promoting sustainable, long-term outcomes.

Program Requirements

For the master of business and science (M.B.S.) degree, students take eight courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 19 credits in business. The business requirements include courses in finance and accounting, marketing, communication and leadership, capstone, ethics, and electives. The business curriculum is listed here. The science courses for the sustainability concentration are given below.

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Students are required to take eight courses in the science of sustainability. This includes five core courses and three courses in ANY of the following areas: environmental science and engineering, energy and sustainable technologies, and urban ecosustainability. In addition, there are suggested business elective courses for the six management courses, which are part of the master of business and science degree. It is recommended that students have some background in environmental science.

The concentration in sustainability is offered at both Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers University-New Brunswick with slightly different flavors. Rutgers-Newark focuses on urban ecosustainability; Rutgers-New Brunswick focuses on energy technologies, environmental science, and policy. Urban ecosustainability covers issues of sustainable resources, carbon sources/sinks, brownfield recovery, and utilization. Environmental systems and policy covers issues in water resource management, ecology, bioremediation, and environmental planning. Energy technologies concentrates on engineering and new energy technologies (a background in engineering may be required for some of these courses).

Core Courses (Five Required Courses)

Courses labeled NW are in Newark; courses labeled NB are in New Brunswick

(i) SUSTAINABILITY: Take the following courses

    16:137:554 (NB) Fundamentals of Sustainability (fall, 3)

(ii)  ENERGY and POLICY: Take two of the following classes:

    16:332:585 (NB) Sustainable Energy (fall, 3)
          OR 34:970:620 (NB) Energy Sustainability and Policy (spring, 3)
          OR 16:155:571 (NB) Sustainable, Renewable Clean Energy (fall, 3)

(iii) ENVIRONMENT: Take one course from the following list:

     16:375:523 (NB) Environmental Fate and Transport (spring, 3)
          OR  11:216:451 (NB) Global Change Ecology (spring, 3)
          OR 16:180:591(NB) Sustainable Environmental Biotechnology (spring, 3) 
          OR 16:378:501/502 (NB) Environmental Change (fall/spring, 3)  
          OR 16:218:502 Climate Change and the Coast (3)
          OR 16:218:503 Climate Resilience along the NJ Shores (summer, 3)
          OR 16:375:534 (NB) Environmental Sustainability (fall, 3)

(iv) RESOURCES: Take one course from the following list:

      34:970:571 (NB) Industrial Ecology (3)
          OR 22:799:672 (NB/NW) Supply Chain Environmental Management/Green --      -                      Purchasing (spring, 3)
          OR 34:970:572 (NB) Green Building (fall, 3)

Electives are grouped into three different concentrations: environmental science and engineering, energy and sustainable technologies, and urban ecosustainability. There is also a list of policy courses that can be used as electives (in the business curriculum).

Full course descriptions can be found under respective departments/graduate programs and at  Electives in the Newark-based urban ecosustainability track are also included on that webpage.

Concentration Coordinators:

Dr. Uta Krogmann (New Brunswick)                        

Dr. Clinton Andrews (New Brunswick)

Dr. Edward Bonder (Newark)

Dr. Beth Ann Murphy
Life Sciences Coordinator

Dr. Mark Robson (New Brunswick)

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