Curriculum | Center for Sustainability | Pepperdine University



The greatest role that Pepperdine plays in the sustainability field is instilling in our students an eco-minded awareness. By providing opportunities to learn about environmental issues and teaching students about their impact, Pepperdine seeks to encourage sustainable living while also providing career opportunities in the "green" economy.

Seaver College

At Seaver College, environmental stewardship, sustainability, and related topics are discussed in nearly every department, offering courses such as:

  • American Nature Writing
  • Christianity and Climate Change
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Plants and the Environment
  • Population Biology and Conservation Genetics
  • Environmental Communication and Sustainability
  • Environmental Philosophy

Click here for the catalog and full course description.

Sustainability Minor

In 2015, Pepperdine launched a Sustainability Minor, which exposes students to environmental issues, allowing them a critical understanding of theological, philosophical, scientific, political, communicative, literary, business, and economic dimensions of contemporary global sustainability challenges. This minor is ideal for students who may pursue careers in law, ministry, government, journalism, or business, and for students interested in graduate school. Requirements for the minor include courses like Christianity and Sustainability, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Environmental Literature. For more information on the minor, visit here.

Undergraduate Research

Several faculty members involve students and partner with governmental agencies to actively conduct research in the fields of conservation biology and restoration ecology. The areas of focus include stream habitat restoration, post-fire ecology restoration and conservation, as well as coastal habitat monitoring and restoration. These sustainability research opportunities have been available to students for over fifteen years.

For more information on undergraduate research opportunities, visit the Community Involvement page.

Plastic Revolution

A group of chemistry majors are conducting research with Pepperdine professor Joe Fritsch to develop biodegradable, environmentally-friendly plastics. The research, now entering its 9th year, received a $70,000 Waves of Innovation Grant in 2014. Read the research highlights in the Pepperdine Magazine!

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology

The Pepperdine Biology Department hosts a research program every summer for undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science, or biotechnology. Over the course of the summer, students will pursue individual research projects under the direction of faculty, and visiting scientists will hold special research seminars in each research area, ranging from genetics to ecology to plant biology.

Graziadio School of Business and Management

SEER Program

The Certificate in Socially, Environmentally and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Practice Program allows full-time MBA students at Graziadio School who are interested in eco-entrepreneurship to enhance their graduate business school experience and career opportunities. An emphasis on responsible business practice and doing what is right for both business and society has always been core to the Graziadio School’s mission.

The program has four macro values:

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility ("People")
  2. Environmental Stewardship ("Planet")
  3. Financial Strength ("Profits")
  4. Product/Service
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