Sustainability

Overview

The Master of Business & Science with a 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.

Within this concentration there are two subconcentrations, namely, environmental systems and energy technologies. Students may elect to take electives within one of these subconcentrations.

Related Concentrations: Global Agriculture

Admissions Requirements

We encourage applications from individuals with a Bachelor's degree or higher in a scientific or engineering discipline. It is recommended that students have completed: 1 year of calculus, 1 year of chemistry, 1 year of another science (e.g., environmental science, ecology, biology, physics, meteorology, air or water pollution, geology), and 1 semester of statistics. Previous education in environmental sciences is not required. In some cases, promising students without science or engineering majors may be accepted. The General GRE is required for admission. Students concerned about their preparation should contact the concentration coordinator.

Program Requirements

For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 19 credits in business. The business requirements include courses in finance & accounting, marketing, communication & 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 8 courses in the science of sustainability. This includes 4 core courses and 4 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 6 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 the New Brunswick and Newark campuses with slightly different "flavors". The Newark campus focuses on urban eco-sustainability, the New Brunswick campus focuses on energy technologies, environmental science & policy. Urban Eco-Sustainability covers issues of sustainable resources, carbon sources/sinks, brownfield recovery and utilization. Environmental Systems & 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). 

 

Courses labeled NB are in New Brunswick, courses labeled NW are in Newark.

(i) SUSTAINABILITY:  Take the following course:

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

(ii)  ENERGY & POLICY: Take 2 of the following classes:

34:970:620 (NB) Energy Sustainability & Policy (Spring, 3 cr)
AND
16:332:585 (NB) Sustainable Energy (Fall, 3 cr)
OR 16:155:571 (NB) Sustainable, Renewable Clean Energy (Fall, 3 cr)
 

(iii) ENVIRONMENT: TAKE 1 course from the following list:

           16:375:523 (NB) Environmental Fate And Transport (Spring, 3 cr)
           OR  11:216:451 (NB) Global Change & Ecology (Spring, 3 cr)
           OR 16:180:591 (NB) Sustainable Environmental Biotechnology (Spring, 3 cr)
           OR 16:378:501/502 (NB) Environmental Change (Fall/Spring, 3 cr)
 

(iv) RESOURCES: Take 1 course from the following list:

           34:970:571 (NB) Industrial Ecology (Fall, 3 cr)
           OR 22:799:672 (NB/NW) Supply Chain Environmental Management/Green Purchasing (Spring, 3 cr)
           OR 16:375:534 (NB) Environmental Sustainability (Fall, 3 cr)
 

Course Description

 

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Uta Krogmann (New Brunswick)                        
krogmann@aesop.rutgers.edu            

Dr. Clint Andrews (New Brunswick)
cja1@rci.rutgers.edu

Dr. Ed Bonder (Newark)
ebonder@andromeda.rutgers.edu

The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate  science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business.