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Center for Sustainability

Curriculum

Dr. Steve Davis with his students in a Malibu burn area.

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 the following courses:

  • Nutrition and Foodservice Systems Management
  • Natural Science Department's Plant Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Plants and the Environment
  • Animal Behavior
  • Ecology
  • Religion 301 - Christianity, Ecology, and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Natural History of Vertebrates
  • Plant Physiological Ecology
  • Marine Biology/Ecology courses
  • Advanced Video and Audio Productions
  • The International Programs' Tropical Forest Ecology of Costa Rica and the Ecology of Argentina
  • Environmental Literature
  • Conservations at the Intersection of Theology & Science
  • Biology majors can also add an environmental studies concentration to their major.

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Seaver College maintains a listing of environmental jobs with corresponding websites for students interested in "green" jobs. Career development counselors are well-versed in sustainability career options and provide individual guidance on "green" career opportunities.

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 ten years.

School of Law

The School of Law and Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution incorporate sustainability in the following courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Public Policy Dispute Resolution
  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use Planning & Environmental Law
  • Water Resources Law
  • Entrepreneurship and Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship

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School of Public Policy

The School of Public Policy provides analysis of sustainability in several courses including:

  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Capstone
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Regulation, Business, and Society
  • Permissions, Development, and the Environment

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology

The Graduate School of Education and Psychology incorporates sustainability into the curriculum through:

  • Science Methods for Elementary School - focuses on sustainability issues, while also allowing students to meet directly with policy makers
  • Social Psychology
  • Legal/Economic/Socio-Political Theory Applied to Organizations
  • A, B Interacting with the Environment for Inquiry
  • Cultural Dimensions in Global Management
  • Ethics and Society

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Graziadio School of Business and Management

The Graziadio School of Business and Management integrates sustainability into the curriculum in:

  • Environmental Law/Business and Economics - focuses on global development and environmental sustainability.

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 following are some examples of opportunities offered to students:

  • Pepperdine is a member of Net Impact - a national association of business schools devoted to environmental consciousness; we received the "Rookie Chapter of the Year" award in 2006.
  • A student interest group, Values-Centered Leadership Lab, focuses on issues related to the social, environmental, and ethical practice of business.
  • The Graziadio is a founding member of the "Global Responsible Leadership Initiative."  This consortium focuses on the development of business leaders who balance economic, social, and environmental responsibility.