Curriculum

Introduction

One of the primary functions of colleges and universities is to educate students. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers, and professionals; higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to understand and address sustainability challenges. Institutions that offer courses covering sustainability issues help equip their students to lead society to a sustainable future.

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The place of content and pedagogy in shaping sustainability learning outcomes in higher education

  • University of Haifa

This research investigates the ways in which undergraduate courses dealing with the environment address sustainable development (SD), and contribute to the development of sustainability learning outcomes (SLO). The participants in ...

  • Posted April 18, 2018
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The personal context of student learning for sustainability: Results of a multi-university research study

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005–2014) was an important framework and catalyst for increasing Sustainable Development (SD) efforts within academic institutions, worldwide. Tertiary institutions began ...

  • Posted April 18, 2018
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The glocal curriculum: A model for transnational collaboration in higher education for sustainable development

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Transnational collaborations between universities provide an underutilized opportunity to teach sustainability competencies emphasizing the global and local nature of (un)sustainability. This article asks: what kind of curricula and teaching-learning ...

  • Posted April 18, 2018
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The efficacy of real-world experiences and service learning for fostering competences for sustainable development in higher education

  • University of Leuven

One of the main challenges for teachers of higher education is to design learning activities that will allow students to effectively acquire sustainability competences. Education therefore needs to be re-oriented ...

  • Posted April 18, 2018
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The ecological domain in the sustainability science research and education

  • University of Tokyo

A single disciplinary approach fails to tackle problems threatening the sustainable development. Thus, the sustainability science – focused on the problem, normative, and covering many disciplines – has been developed and recognized ...

  • Posted April 17, 2018
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Teaching Environmental Sustainability Across the Sport Management Curriculum

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

The push to engage in the “green movement” has now shifted from a passing thought to a central focus of higher education. Environmental sustainability has the capacity to be an ...

  • Posted April 17, 2018
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Systems Structure of Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institution

  • National University of Malaysia

To understand the enactment of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in higher education institution (HEI) and why very unequal ESD activity that mostly focused on campus greening rather than on ...

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Sustainability education: how evolving STEM benefits underserved populations

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

This research explores ways in which sustainability education efforts can create an advantageous learning environment for women and underrepresented minority students in STEM. By drawing on key literature that discusses ...

  • Posted April 17, 2018
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Sustainability competencies in teacher education: Making teacher education count in everyday school practice

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

The need for sustainable development and societal transformation is gaining more and more relevance. Social learning processes will be needed to contribute to real change which is why the 2030 ...

  • Posted April 17, 2018
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Teaching Sustainability Using an Active Learning Constructivist Approach: Discipline-Specific Case Studies in Higher Education

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

In this paper we present our rationale for using an active learning constructivist approach to teach sustainability-related topics in a higher education. To push the boundaries of ecological literacy, we ...

  • Posted April 17, 2018
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Integration of Sustainability into Architectural Education at Accredited Korean Universities

  • Korea University
  • Seoul National University
  • University of Seoul
  • Chungbuk National University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Hongik University

This paper examines the integration of sustainability principles into architectural education programs at South Korean Universities that have been accredited by the Korea Architectural Accrediting Board (KAAB). Accreditation requires the ...

  • Posted April 16, 2018
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Connecting Competences and Pedagogical Approaches for Sustainable Development in Higher Education: A Literature Review and Framework Proposal

  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (Nuevo Leon)
  • Gävle University College
  • Federal University in Toulouse

Research into and practice of Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) have been increasing during the last two decades. These have focused on providing sustainability education to future generations of ...

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‘The Camels are Unsustainable’ Using Study Abroad as a Pedagogical Tool for Teaching Ethics and Sustainable Development

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Sustainable development (SD) has contested meanings, and perspectives vary within and across societies. Emphases can range dramatically from recycling advocacy to eradication of poverty. Assumptions and approaches to sustainable development ...

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Individual Sustainability Competences for Eco-design Infrastructure

  • Open University of the Netherlands

Sustainability in the broadest sense of the term has become an undeniable aspect of corporate dealings this day and age. The advent of Corporate Social Responsibility as a morally sound ...

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‘Education for sustainability’ in the business studies curriculum: a call for a critical agenda

  • Massey University

The critical theorization of education for sustainability developed from the earlier political conception of ‘education for the environment’. This critical perspective underpins the theory of education for sustainability that the ...

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Enhancing Education for Sustainable Development in Environmental University Programmes: A Co-Creation Approach

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (Valencia)
  • National Polytechnic University

The purpose of this study is to analyse co-creation approach as a strategy at HE as a prerequisite for a successful implementation of sustainable development (HESD), while considering student collaboration ...

  • Posted April 16, 2018
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Sustainable Agriculture Minor

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

Students who select this minor will learn about sustainable agriculture in its broadest sense, including issues related to maintaining and/or improving crop and animal productivity, preserving environmental resources for ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Agroecosystems Management (MS)

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Major research emphases are precision crop and nutrient management and management systems that improve efficiency of crop water use. Additional research emphases include soil carbon and nutrient dynamics in cropping ...

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Agriculture & Natural Resources (BS)

  • Berea College (KY)

Berea College is one of few liberal arts colleges in the United States offering an academic program in agriculture and natural resources (ANR). The ANR Program’s curriculum provides all ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Sustainable Agriculture Minor

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

A minor in Sustainable Agriculture is open to all Cal Poly students. In it, students approach modern agricultural problems from a holistic perspective, emphasizing agricultural planning integrated with ecological principles ...

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Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

The six week certificate program provides an intensive introduction to small scale sustainable farming, hands-on hydroponic greenhouse management, and agribusiness preparedness.

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Bachelor in Environmental Agriscience

  • Tennessee Technological University (TN)

With its combination of courses in the traditional sciences and agriculture courses, Environmental Agriscience students are prepared for a wide range of experiences. A 300-acre working, teaching and research farm ...

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Environmental Science, Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture (BS)

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Students studying Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture build upon a solid foundation of environmental science, gain experience in designing and managing agricultural ecosystems, develop quantitative skills in evaluating ecosystem processes ...

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BS in Agriculture, Major in Sustainable Agriculture Systems

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Students will develop the skill needed to lead in sustainable agricultural systems with this major stream. Students will have the opportunity to widen their knowledge base by: Studying agriculture in ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Water Efficient Landscaping Specialization, Horticulture MPSH

  • Utah State University (UT)

The purpose of this degree is to provide horticulturalists with knowledge and skills needed to effectively promote landscape water conservation. As water becomes more precious, the demand for these skills ...

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Agricultural Sustainability & Food Biosecurity Certificate

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The USDA recognizes the need to ensure a competent, qualified, and diverse workforce to serve the food and agricultural sciences and improve the economic health and viability of rural communities ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Soil & Crop Sciences (MS/MPS)

  • Cornell University (NY)

The Graduate Field of Soil and Crop Sciences provides programs leading to PhD, MS, and MPS programs in the following five concentrations: Agronomy, Field Crop Science, Soil Science, Environmental Information ...

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Bachelor in Horticulture

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Horticulturists grow fresh fruits and vegetables, plan and create beautiful landscapes, cultivate and maintain acres of turfgrass for recreation and function, breed new plants for pest resistance and environmental tolerance ...

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Organic Agriculture Program

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Our mission is to educate producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in Organic Agriculture both on-farm and in the Universities. Organic Agriculture involves a production ...

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Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics & Agricultural Business (MS)

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

One in five workers is employed in the food and fiber sector of the U. S. economy. A major in agricultural economics and agricultural business provides flexibility to students with ...

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Minor in Agriculture, Economics & Business

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

Agriculture, Economics and Business - Advising is housed in the Department of Management (College of Business) and Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.

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Food Studies (MA)

  • University of the Pacific (CA)

This multidisciplinary program is designed to train students to master skills necessary for success in food related professions. Courses range across many disciplines including Anthropology, History, Sociology, Literature and Law ...

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Sustainable Agroforestry Option for Natural Resources Major

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The student pursuing this option will develop skills and knowledge necessary to design and manage integrated sustainable land management systems involving co-production of woody plants and agricultural plants and animals.

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Sustainable Food Concentration

  • Smith College (MA)

The Sustainable Food Concentration lets students engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of food and the many issues involved in sustainability. Whether students are interested in global food distribution systems, the ...

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Sustainable Agriculture Co-op Program

  • Fleming College (ON)

Throughout the Sustainable Agriculture program Students will Learn from experienced farmers and practitioners in class, on farm field days, and during panel discussions,Develop a business case and farm plan ...

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Horticulture (AAS)

  • College of Lake County (IL)

Today’s horticulture industry offers careers that go beyond landscaping and floral design. Associate degree graduates of horticulture programs can become natural area managers, arborists and owners and managers of ...

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Agricultural & Resource Economics (MS)

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

The Department takes particular pride in its research program and recognizes that research permits graduate students to demonstrate their creative ability and to attain academic maturity. Students usually begin thinking ...

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Sustainable Food Crop Production

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

This minor provides an overview of issues related to sustainable food crop production within the context of environmental stewardship.

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Bioenergy Concentration, Plant Sciences Program

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The Department of Plant Sciences (PS) conducts academic, outreach and research programs in agricultural and natural resource plant sciences, at facilities in Knoxville and several Research and Education Centers throughout ...

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Organic Production Concentration, Plant Sciences BS

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The organic production concentration is designed to create leaders in the field of organic and sustainable agriculture. Students will gain the knowledge and skills for production and management of organic ...

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Food & Agriculture (BA)

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Geographers engaged in the study of Food and Agriculture at Indiana University focus on agricultural decision-making, agricultural and food policy, consumer choice and taste, food security, food systems governance and ...

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Green Building Certificate Program

  • Colorado State University (CO)

IBE specializes facilitating the integrated design, construction and operations processes to help teams realize their green building and sustainability goals.

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Planning (MS)

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The Master of Science (MS) in Planning Program is located within the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA), a national leader in sustainable design, planning, and management. As ...

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Sustainable Built Environments (BS)

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture is pleased to offer an extraordinary degree opportunity for students interested in entering the new green economy. The Bachelor of Science in ...

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Sustainable Horticulture Concentration, Applied Biological Sciences (BS)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The sustainable horticulture concentration is designed for students who want theory and practical experiences in the unique aspects of the culture of plants in an urban desert environment. Students acquire ...

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Ecology, specialization in Human-Environment Interactions (MS)

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The Human Environment Interactions specialization draws on the expertise of GDPE Faculty in the social and environmental sciences to help students construct solutions to critical human/environmental problems. Students learn ...

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Ecology, specialization in Human-Environment Interactions (PhD)

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The Human Environment Interactions specialization draws on the expertise of GDPE Faculty in the social and environmental sciences to help students construct solutions to critical human/environmental problems. Students learn ...

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Ecosystem Science & Sustainability (BS)

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) degree program provides students with the knowledge and ability to integrate the latest science into real-world decision making. Our affiliation with CSU’s Natural ...

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Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology (Bachelor)

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Foundation coursework in areas of biology, maths/calculus, chemistry, physics, and an introduction to wildlife biology. This foundation builds towards a more specific higher level coursework and is designed to ...

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Conservation Biology (BS)

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

The courses associated with this major reflect the interdisciplinary and holistic nature of conservation biology. After obtaining a foundation in basic science communication, and general education subjects, students learn the ...

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FIE: Foundation for International Education

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Strategic Energy Innovations

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Sustainability Curriculum Consortium

Bethesda, MD
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The GREEN Program

Philadelphia, PA
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Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program creates short-term, experiential education programs focused on sustainable development. TGP's accredited model has attracted university students representing over 470 universities and 70 countries globally.