Environment and Sustainability Emphasis (with a 3+2 Outdoor Industry MBA)

The ENVS 3+2 into the OIMBA program allows students to complete the B.A. in Environment and Sustainability (ENVS) and the Outdoor Industry MBA (OIMBA) at Western in five years. To remain qualified for the 3+2, upon entering into the third year student must have: 

  • maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA within the major;
  • provided three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is to be a professional reference and at least one of which is to be an academic reference from the student's major at Western;
  • submitted a written Statement of Purpose to the Graduate Program in Outdoor Industry MBA, detailing ideas for the eventual Capstone Project; and,
  • submitted an application and in competition with all other OIMBA applicants.

At this point, if any aspect of a student's performance is found to be insufficient, the Outdoor Industry MBA Director will recommend denial of acceptance, in which case, the student will need to find a new emphasis or minor in order to complete the undergraduate degree. Upon meeting the requirements above, and after Sophomore Year (reaching 65 credits in this plan - see "DEGREE PLAN) holding to the same GPA and general performance standards outlined above, the School of Graduate Studies will designate the student as an "Outdoor Industry MBA candidate with provisional acceptance." Upon completion of Year Four of this plan, the student will receive the BA and the School of Graduate Studies may designate the student as an "Outdoor Industry MBA degree seeking student." After year three, students who have completed all other requirements of the 3+2 program and all Western undergraduate requirements yet choose to leave the OIMBA program before Year 5, will still have completed the undergraduate BA in ENVS and will have earned the 120 credits necessary for a Western undergraduate degree. 

Program Requirements

A minimum of 95 credits is required for the ENVS and BUAD B.A. components of the emphasis. In the fourth years, an additional 18 credits of Outdoor Industry MBA coursework is completed in the Outdoor Industry MBA degree. 

BIOL 130Environmental Biology (GT-SC2)3
BIOL 135Environmental Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
ENVS 100Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2)3
ENVS 200Writing the Environment3
ENVS 250Environmental Justice3
ENVS 301Science of Sustainability and Resilience3
ENVS 350U.S. and Western Environmental Politics3
ENVS 360Global Environmental Policy3
ENVS 390Environmental Monitoring4
ENVS 400Applied Sustainability3
ENVS 410Environmental Ethics3
ENVS 499Internship in Environmental Studies3
PHYS 125Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2)3
Required supporting courses:
ACC 201Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
BUAD 101Business of Life3
BUAD 270Principles of Marketing3
BUAD 360Managerial Finance3
BUAD 363Business and the Environment3
BUAD 491Strategic Management3
ECON 201Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)3
ECON 202Microeconomics3
MATH 140College Algebra (GT-MA1)3
And one of the following:3
Statistics for Business and Economics
Probability and Statistics
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory)
Cultural Ecology
Borderlands: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
Politics of the Environment
Politics of Social Movements
Human Rights
The Global South
Political Economy
Environmental Psychology
Multicultural Psychology
Social Psychology
Environmental Sociology
Social Problems
Social Movements
Social Inequalities
Core OIMBA courses (taken in fourth year)
MBA 600Sustainability Accounting3
MBA 601Managerial Economics3
MBA 603Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Behavior3
MBA 605Project Management3
MBA 606Marketing and Brand Strategy in the Outdoor Industry3
MBA 611Topics in Outdoor Industry0
And one of the following:3
Sustainable Outdoor Product Development and Material Sourcing
Sales and Customer Experience
Total Credits92
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
BUAD 101 Business of Life 3
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2) 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area II) 3
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
MATH 140 College Algebra (GT-MA1) 3
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2) 3
ECON 202 Microeconomics 3
Elective Elective or minor course 3
PHYS 125 Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2) 3
Year Two
ACC 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
BIOL 130
BIOL 135
Environmental Biology (GT-SC2)
and Environmental Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)
ECON 216
Statistics for Business and Economics
or Probability and Statistics
ENVS 200 Writing the Environment 3
ENVS 250 Environmental Justice 3
ECON 201 Macroeconomics (GT-SS1) 3
Elective Elective or minor course 3
ENVS 301 Science of Sustainability and Resilience 3
ENVS 350 U.S. and Western Environmental Politics 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area I or III) 3
ENVS 499 Internship in Environmental Studies 3
65 credit mark completed; submit 3+2 application materials by July 1st
Year Three
BUAD 270 Principles of Marketing 3
BUAD 360 Managerial Finance 3
Elective Elective or minor course 6
ENVS 390 Environmental Monitoring 4
BUAD 363 Business and the Environment 3
BUAD 491 Strategic Management 3
Elective Elective or minor course 3
Electivechosen from selection of classes on cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, sex, sexuality, and/or class contexts 3
ENVS 360 Global Environmental Policy 3
Year Four
ENVS 410 Environmental Ethics 3
MBA 601 Managerial Economics 3
MBA 603 Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Behavior 3
MBA 606 Marketing and Brand Strategy in the Outdoor Industry 3
ENVS 400 Applied Sustainability 3
MBA 600 Sustainability Accounting 3
MBA 605 Project Management 3
One of:
MBA 609
Sustainable Outdoor Product Development and Material Sourcing
or Sales and Customer Experience
MBA 611 Topics in Outdoor Industry 0
Year Five
MBA 602 Managerial Finance 3
MBA 604 Business Law for the Outdoor Industry 3
One of:
MBA 608
Resort and Hospitality Management
or Supply Chain and Logistics in the Outdoor Industry
MBA 607 Strategic MGT Business Models for the Outdoor Industry 3
MBA 691 Capstone Project 3
One of:
MBA 613
Natural Resource Regulation and Economics
or Sustainable Finance
 Total Credits138