Sustainable Management


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There is no doubt that our world is changing rapidly. Between energy costs, economic struggles, and climate changes, we need more and more people to rise up and meet the challenges we face head on. The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management is a 63-credit online bachelor's degree completion program. It is offered collaboratively by four University of Wisconsin campuses: UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior. The Sustainable Management program at UW-Stout gives students the resources to build profitable businesses and contribute to our communities and world by supporting our environment in a respectful way. With a focused curriculum, graduates will be confident in knowledge about environmental studies, accounting, environmental policy, management, information systems, logistics, supply chain management, and sustainability. There are a lot of companies that are working in close partnership with the Sustainable Management degree, such as Johnson Controls, Ford Motor Company, Eastman Kodak, Quad Graphics, FedEx, SC Johnson, Kohl’s, Veolia Environmental Services, and Modine Manufacturing.

High School Preparation

If you have completed the first two years of a bachelor's degree or if you have an associate's degree, you may apply directly to the program. If you need to complete the first two years, you may do so through UW Colleges Online, at any of the 26 UW campuses, or (if approved) at other colleges or universities in Wisconsin or the United States.


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Environmental Science and Sustainability
The interrelationships between humans and the environment. Important ecological concepts, human influence on the environment, and sustainable practices to avoid or ameliorate negative impacts. Ecological concepts are used throughout to identify, understand, and provide a better understanding of how humans can more positively affect the environment in which they live.

Economics in Society and Sustainability
Economic, social, and environmental issues facing society. Traditional issues such as markets and prices (microeconomics), government economic management (macroeconomics), and international trade. Introduction of economic content into analysis of selected topics such as poverty and discrimination, the environment, and the provision of government services. Critiques of conventional economic thought, within the context of systems thinking and ecological economics, and integrated throughout the course.

Ecology for Sustainability Management
Interrelationships of organisms with each other and their environments. Investigation into composition and dynamics of populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes, and the biosphere with emphasis on sustainability. Enrollment in online Sustainable Management degree program required.

Natural Resource Management
The interdependence between natural resources associated with land, air, and water. Explores significant environmental issues regarding the policies and problems in the use and management of natural resources related to soils, vegetation, landscape within the context of social needs and sustainability.

Sustainable Organizational Finance
Introduction to the theory and methods of sustainable organizational finance. Topics include financial statements; discounting and budgeting; uncertainty and risk/reward trade-offs; and assessing financial implications of the triple bottom line (e.g., climate change, carbon trading, human resource management, and creating environmentally-conscious shareholder value).

Operations Management and Sustainability
The role of the operations function in an organization; linear programming; continuous and intermittent production processes; aggregate planning; inventory control; materials management; scheduling; project management; quality assurance; operations for green enterprises.

Environmental and Sustainability Policy
Topics include the spectrum of historical, theoretical and technical issues applicable to sustainable management of natural resources, environmental quality standards and risk management. Administrative structures the form the basis for selecting appropriate responses to complex management problems faced by industry, government and non-governmental agencies are identified. The historical development and current framework of public policy are investigated, and specific foundational legislation is critiqued.

International Development and Sustainability
Historical roots of the idea of development, economic theories of growth and their implications for sustainability, and interrelationships between population growth, food security, poverty, inequality, urbanization, technological change, international trade and environmental change at local, regional and global scales. Contemporary issues and alternatives.


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Dennis Weibel, Program Director
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University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751

Phone: 715/232-2597

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