In coordination with the Sustainability Studies Program at Mercyhurst, students majoring in Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.) or Biochemistry may pursue a concentration in Sustainability Studies. The goals of this program are to provide students with the following academic experiences:
An introductory sustainability course and capstone research experience at the beginning and end of the academic program, respectively, to cohesively provide both an introduction to sustainabililty and an intensive real-world experiential learning component.
- Idst 105 Introduction to Sustainability Studies
- Sust 490 Senior Field Experience in Sustainability
- Sust 490 will now replace Chem 409 and Chem 410 for major requirements.
An interdisciplinary overview of the questions, problems and potential solutions comprising the broadly defined study of sustainability. Portions of this coursework will overlap with the core curriculum.
Five courses offered by a variety of departments, some of which will also satisfy the core curriculum. A list of approved Tier II courses will be maintained by the coordinators of the Sustainability Studies program.
A rigorous and science-centered study of how the chemistry and biochemistry disciplines intersect with sustainability. Portions of this coursework will overlap with Chemistry or Biochemistry major requirements.
Four courses from with the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics that satisfy the Tier III requirements. With approval, courses within the Chemistry & Biochemistry curriculum may satisfy the Tier III requirements provided that the student engages in a significant project or extensive laboratory with sustainability or environmental science as the primary focus.