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.
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.
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.
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
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:
- Corporate Social Responsibility ("People")
- Environmental Stewardship ("Planet")
- Financial Strength ("Profits")
Sustainability-Related Courses at Pepperdine
At Seaver College, environmental stewardship, sustainability, and related topics are discussed in nearly every department, offering courses such as:
BIOL 328/POSC 428 Environmental Politics and Policy
BIOL 430 Population Biology and Conservation Genetics
COM 590 Environmental Communication and Sustainability OR Seminar in Communication: Risk and Crisis Communication
ENG 380 Topics in Literature: American Nature Writing (GE)
PHIL 315 Environmental Philosophy
REL 301 Christianity and Culture: Christianity and Sustainability (GE)
SUST 110 Colloquium for Sustainability Minors
BIOL 105 Introduction to Marine Biology
BIOL 107 Plants and the Environment
BIOL 311 Introduction to Biology
NASC 156 Earth Science: A Way of Knowing
SAAJ 324 Social Action and Justice Colloquium
POSC 518 Contemporary American Ideologies
CHEM 400 Environmental Chemistry
OTMT 644 SEER Metrics: Defining and Communicating
OTMT 643 Acquiring Wealth, Power & Success, Morally and Ethically
STGY 640 Social Entrepreneurship
STGY 645 Responsible Business Practice Capstone
LEGL 630 Environmental Law & Business
Click here for the catalog and full course description.