University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Management and the Environment Concentration

The concentration in Management and the Environment is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study issues related to the degradation of the natural environment and its implications for management.

Careers in Management and the Environment

There are many new and emerging job opportunities for business students with a background in environmental management. These opportunities include positions with governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations dedicated to the environment, environmental health and safety organizations within corporations, and firms in the pollution prevention and remediation industry. Learn more about careers and our alumni.

Management and the Environment Faculty

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David Jones serves as the faculty advisor for the Management and the Environment concentration.

Several faculty members across disciplines such as management, accounting and economics teach courses in this area of concentration.

Regardless of one's personal feelings about the magnitude of environmental problems or the social responsibility of business with respect to these problems, managers need to think systematically about appropriate responses to environmental matters that impact their business. In short, the focus of this concentration is on how economic objectives and environmental goals can be reconciled and achieved in the modern business world. As such, students in this concentration study concepts and techniques that can assist management in addressing environmental issues and which support a firm's environmental strategy.

The emerging importance of management and the environment

It is clear that dealing with environmental matters will be a major focus for corporate America in the 21st century. Consequently, aside from preparation for specific environmental positions, an added benefit of this concentration is that it will prepare all future managers for the challenges that lie ahead. Indeed, evidence suggests that companies are currently investing large amounts of money to retrain recent recruits in order to fill the educational gaps in their understanding of matters related to the environment.

Concentration courses/requirements

In fulfilling the requirements for this concentration, students must complete four upper-division courses, selected from a group of designated courses, some of which are offered by the Business School and some of which are offered by other UVM academic units. In allowing students to take concentration courses outside the Business School, we are able to take advantage of faculty expertise that exists elsewhere on campus. The four courses that a student selects to satisfy the requirements depend on their individual interests and the advice and approval of the student's academic advisor. Currently, the courses from which students are allowed to select concentration courses include the following:

Concentration courses may include:

  • BSAD 263 - Accounting and the Environment
  • BSAD 196B: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • BSAD 195: Sustainable Business
  • BSAD 195E: Green IT and Virtualization

Non-BSAD courses to be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor may include:

  • ECON 133 - Economics of Environmental Policy
  • ENVS 289 - Environmental Economics or another approved course

Note on environmental courses at UVM: It should be noted that there are a variety of courses available at UVM in many disciplines that are dedicated to the study of environmental issues. Accordingly, students interested in pursuing the concentration in Management and the Environment are encouraged to take advantage of these offerings as part of the process of fulfilling General Education requirements during the first two years on campus. In this way, students can strengthen their foundation for the concentration. Students must have any exception to the above concentration courses approved by a faculty advisor in Management and the Environment.

Read general requirements from the UVM Catalogue.

Last modified January 17 2012 09:13 AM