ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT FOR
BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
There have been many inter
national, national, and state
developments related to business and the environment that
demonstrate the urgent need for education in environmentally
compatible business practice. The United Nations, the
European Union, the International Organization for
Standardization, and the International Chamber of Commerce
have all established strong positions for business practices
compatible with the environment. The president of the
United States established the President’s Council on
and issued an executive
order mandating the choice
preferable alternatives for
the College of
The United States
Business there has
emerged a new
for federal agencies and
has served as a partner in
the development of
minor in the environ-
The Indiana Business
mental context for
and the Indiana Economic
Development Council are
cooperating in the design
of a potential Indiana Environmental Extension Network. In
addition, environmentally oriented nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs) are working in partnership with
businesses, and coalitions of businesses are developing their
own voluntary environmental guidelines.
BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
Firms worldwide are establishing environmental
management systems (EMS), and guidelines have been
established at national and international levels to encourage
consistency across firms. The International Organization for
Standardization developed the ISO 14000 series as a
framework for a firm’s EMS. Its companion, ISO 14001,
outlines EMS basics. Firms participating in the global
economy or in countries that have adopted ISO 14001 will
need employees to help shepherd the firm through the
certification process. Clearly, the impetus to adopt
environmentally compatible business practices is spreading
throughout the world community.
Because of these developments, there is an urgent need to
educate business students in environmentally compatible
practices and to educate non-business students from
environmentally related science disciplines who wish to apply
their science backgrounds in environmentally related business
occupations. Educational materials to support this effort have
been developed for programs at many colleges within the
United States. From within the College of Business there has
emerged a new interdepartmental minor in the environmental
context for business to address this need.
A minor in the environmental context for business extends
the momentum that has begun to position Ball State
University at the lead among colleges nationwide in
promoting innovative approaches to environmental literacy.
The program is anchored by a new course, The Emerging
Context of Environmental Issues for Business (BUSAD 300).
This is complemented by the three core courses (Ecology,
Environmental Economics, and Environmental Ethics), a
carefully chosen set of additional existing courses
(Introduction to Technology, Introductory Operations
Management, and Environmental Law and Policy), and the
closing course within the clustered minors program, Creating
a Sustainable Future (ID 400).
For More Information
College of Business
Office of Undergraduate Programs
Whitinger Business Building 303
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Center for Energy Research/Education/Service
Architecture Building 018
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW (25 Hours)
Clustered Minors Core Courses
ECON 311/NREM 303
ITEDU 101 Introduction to Technology
Introductory Operations Management 3
Environmental Law and Policy
BUSAD 300 The Emerging Context of
Environmental Issues for Business
Creating a Sustainable Future
For course descriptions, see next page.
All students pursuing a minor within the cluster are encouraged to take
NREM 101 Environment and Society as a distribution elective within
the university core curriculum.
The information presented here, correct at the time of
publication, is subject to change. Ball State University practices
equal opportunity in education and employment and is strongly
and actively committed to diversity within its community.
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BIO 216 Ecology (4) Effects of physical and biotic
conditions on the distribution and abundance of plants and
animals. Dynamics of ecological systems are examined at the
population, community, and ecosystem levels, and from an
evolutionary perspective. Practical applications are
emphasized. Lecture and laboratory.
ECON 311/NREM 303 Environmental Economics (3)
The application of economic principles to environmental
problems. Emphasizes applying the economist’s decision-
making model to environmental issues and the advantages and
shortcomings of the economist’s analysis.
PHIL 230 Environmental Ethics (3) Introduction to and
analysis of basic concepts, principles, theories, and issues in
ITEDU 101 Introduction to Technology (3) Provides an
overview of technology and how it interacts with individuals,
society, and the environment. Technology’s evolution and the
relationship of technology to other disciplines are explored.
MGT 251 Introductory Operations Management (3)
Introduction to the tools and techniques of management with
practical applications to the production of goods and services.
POLS 347 Environmental Law and Policy (3) Significant
facets of the legal system’s response to conflicting demands
upon environmental resources. Composition of environmental
problems, control issues, policy formulation, and legal remedies.
BUSAD 300 The Emerging Context of Environmental
Issues for Business (3) Examines interdisciplinary
perspectives of issues forming the environmental context for
business. The life-cycle concept frames the discussion of
environmental management systems and standards, pollution
prevention, and product and market issues. Includes lectures,
readings, cases studies, and student projects.
ID 400 Creating a Sustainable Future: The Clustered
Minors Capstone (3) Capstone course for students in the
interdepartmental minor programs in environmentally
sustainable practices. Variable topics. Emphasizes
interdisciplinary perspectives on creating sustainable
practices—environmentally and culturally—for the future.
Seminar format, with visiting scholars working interactively