Business and Sustainability Concentration

The B.A. in Business and Sustainability with an energy concentration is an interdisciplinary business program that gives students:

  • A fundamental knowledge of economics, giving them the skills to apply economic analysis to problems in sustainable business faced by modern organizations
  • Familiarity with energy systems science and policy, giving them an understanding of the business and political climate, as well as scientific and technological issues involved in sustainable energy development
  • An extensive knowledge of business and management in the context of business sustainability, giving them the basic skills needed to succeed in organizations

Program Contact

Craig Dunn, Faculty Advisor

Gail Cowan, Program Advisor (360) 650-4422



  • ACCT 240 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 245 Managerial Accounting 
  • DSCI 205 Business Statistics
  • ECON 206 Introduction to Microeconomics 
  • ECON 207 Introduction to Macroeconomics 
  • ENRG 101 Energy and Society 
  • MATH 115 Pre-calculus II 
  • MATH 157 Calculus With Applications to Business and Economics
  • MGMT 271 Law and the Business Environment 
  • MIS 220 Introduction to Business Computer Systems
  • PLSC 250 The American Political System 
  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 
    • or PHYS 114 - Principles of Physics I 


  • ENRG 284 The Business of Energy 
  • ENRG 384 Energy Economics 
    • or ECON 384 Energy Economics 
  • ENRG 484 Economics of Alternative Energy 
    • or ECON 484 Economics of Alternative Energy 
  • ENRG 350 Energy Policy and Politics
    • or ENVS 350 Energy Policy and Politics 
  • ENRG 459 Advanced Energy Policy 
    • or ENVS 459 Advanced Energy Policy 
  • FIN 341 Principles of Finance 
  • MGMT 311 Introduction to Management
  • MIS 320 Principles of Management Information Systems 
  • MKTG 380 Principles of Marketing 
  • OPS 360 Operations Management
  • ENVS 359 Greening Business Policy and Practice 
    • or MGMT 359 Greening Business Policy and Practice 
  • ENVS 466 Greening Business Applications 
    • or MGMT 466 Greening Business Applications 
  • ENRG 380 Energy and Environment
    • or ENRG 360 Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design
  • MKTG 384 Marketing and Sustainability 
    • or MKTG 474 Marketing Strategies for Sustainability


Suggested options may include:

  • ACCT 484 Environmental Accounting/ Sustainability Reporting
  • ECON 343 Population, Environment, and World Agriculture
  • ECON 384 Energy Economics Credits: 4 or ENRG 384 Energy Economics 
  • ENVS 303 Introduction to Environmental Studies I: Human Ecology and Ethics
  • ENVS 471 Campus Sustainability Planning Studio 
  • ENVS 474 Planning for Sustainable Communities 
  • ENVS 487 Conservation Psychology
  • MKTG 473 Innovation 
  • MKTG 487 Nonprofit Marketing

Take one Communication Focus (CF) course and a minimum of three writing proficiency points in approved upper-division writing proficiency courses (WP-3 points) at WWU with a minimum grade of C-. The CF course must be taken within the College of Business and Economics, while the WP requirement can be met with courses from any of the following: College of Business and Economics, Huxley College of the Environment, or the Institute for Energy Studies (for the Energy Studies Concentration). These requirements can be completed as part of the above required and elective credits.