Florida Institute of Technology

Applied Sustainability Education

A rigorous sustainability program can open the door to some of the most important career paths in the emerging century.  Florida Tech offers multi-disciplinary education via a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability Studies or a Minor in Sustainability.  We use innovative courses, systems thinking skills, and applied final research projects to build real-world expertise in your areas of interest.  What over 750 global CEOs think: future prospects in sustainability.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainability Studies

Florida Tech's major program in Sustainability Studies expands on our science and technology strengths with customized business and social science courses to produce graduates who can operate across multiple disciplines.  Concentrations include:  Technology & Engineering; Business & Economics; Environmental Sciences; and Social Sciences.   Student sustainability research projects are helping to spearhead major initiatives on-campus and around the Space Coast.

Program information is available in the Major Planning and Elective Guide and at Sustainability Studies.  The major planning form (top right) is used to plan courses among four concentration areas:  Environmental SciencesTechnology/Engineering, Business, and Social Sciences/Humanities.  Please contact Sustainability Education Program for more information.  Over 50 job descriptions for university sustainability: Campus Sustainability Positions.  More career information is at career FAQs.  

Sustainability Courses:  Major and Minor Programs

Primary courses are summarized below.  All major and minor students do an applied capstone research project, many with regional nonprofits, governments or businesses.  The Minor in Sustainability is available to undergraduates from any F.I.T. college and since 2010, students from over 25 majors have completed this program. The minor consists of seven courses: 3 required SUS courses, 7 cr total, and 4 elective courses, 12 cr total.  With planning, most students can use most of their minor courses as electives for their major.  All course prefices below changed from ISC to SUS in 2018, course numbers remain the same.

Introduction to Sustainability (SUS 1500, 3 cr)   In this fall semester gateway course, best practices in sustainability are examined among diverse disciplines at international through local scales (SUS 1500 syllabus).  No prerequisites.  Instructor: Dr. K. Lindeman.

Systems, Governance and Sustainability (SUS 3250, 3 cr) is a systems science course for majors and minors in the spring semester.  We examine diverse innovations that advance sustainability by decomposing complexity.  The prerequisite is SUS 1500.  More information is in the SUS 3250 syllabus.

Sustainability Project Design (SUS 3999, 1 cr)   This course is required for all major and minor students as part of the two-semester capstone research project .  The focus on building marketable project management skills applies far beyond this specific course and project.  Available in fall semesters.  Prerequisite: SUS 1500.  SUS 3999 syllabus.  

Applied Sustainability (SUS 4000, 3 cr)   Taken during the spring semester of the junior or senior year, students synthesize and apply what they have learned in SUS 3999 and other courses to a sustainability capstone research project on or off campus, with a focus on their areas of interest.  Prerequisites:  SUS 1500, SUS 3999.  SUS 4000 syllabus.  

Electives for the Sustainability Minor (12 credits)   For the remaining 4 electives, students take 1 course within each of these 4 topic areas:  Environmental Sciences,  BusinessTechnology, and  Social Sciences/Humanities.  FIT has over 80 eligible courses among the sustainability topic areas: Minor Electives List.    

Enrolling in Sustainability Major or Minor Programs

Evaluate your courses and scheduling using either the Major Planning and Elective Guide or the Minor Planning and Elective Guide.  Then finalize course planning forms with the Sustainability Program.  Questions on our sustainability degree or minor program?  E-mail Sustainability Program, call 321.674.7370, or visit. Rm 103, Shephard Bldg, South Jungle. 

Florida Tech's Sustainability Degree and Minor Programs have five primary objectives: 

  • increase student knowledge of concepts and best practices associated with sustainability;
  • improve student understanding of the relevance of sustainability within their areas of study;
  • increase awareness of systems analysis involving environment, social, and economic solutions to select problems at several scales;
  • synthesize and apply understanding of sustainability through interdisciplinary projects on and off campus; and
  • generate applied scholars who are prepared to employ best sustainability practices and innovate across systems.