Sustainability & Energy Applications


BA - Program Requirements

Michael Ratliff, PhD, Chair, Division of Science

Fugitte Science Center, Room 212

(270) 384-8110     ratliffm@lindsey.edu

Douglas Keaton, MS, Program Coordinator

Goodhue Academic Center, Room 314

(270) 384-8066     keatond@lindsey.edu

Full-time program faculty:  Douglas Keaton, MS

Mission Statement

The Sustainability & Energy Applications program will prepare students for work, advanced study and citizenship by engaging them in project-based education enhanced by community partnerships and focused on energy sustainability and applications.

Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.

Students should note that the major provides fewer than the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level coursework, therefore students will need to complete additional 3000-4000 level coursework to meet this requirement.

Program Requirements:  56-71 hours

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s core requirements and select program electives as indicated.

A.        Prerequisites:  8-20 hours

  • Introduction to Cellular Biology (BIOL 1204) is a prerequisite to BIOL 2604 – 4 hours
  • Introduction to Organismal Biology (BIOL 1214) is a prerequisite to BIOL 2604 – 4 hours
  • United States Government (POSC 1003) is a prerequisite for elective POSC 3123) – 3 hours
  • Christian Beliefs (RELI 1003) is a prerequisite for elective RELI 4413) – 3 hours
  • Gospel, Church & Culture (RELI 2133) is a prerequisite for elective RELI 4413) – 3 hours
  • Christian Ministry (RELI 3103) is a prerequisite for elective RELI 4413) – 3 hours

B.        Core Requirements: 42-45 hours  

  • Environmental Science (BIOL 2604) – 4 hours*
  • College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for ECON 2033 and ECON 2043 unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Physical Science (PHSC 1104) – 4 hours*
  • Global Energy Issues (SEA 1103) – 3 hours    
  • Solutions in Sustainability (SEA 1203) – 3 hours  
  • Introduction to Electrical Energy Systems (SEA 2103) – 3 hours
  • Alternative Energy Analysis (SEA 2203) – 3 hours  
  • Research in Bio-energy (SEA 3013) – 3 hours
  • Building Energy Technology Applications  (SEA 3103) – 3 hours
  • Environmental Safety & Energy Policy (SEA 3203) – 3 hours
  • Topics in Sustainability & Energy Applications  (SEA 3303) – 3 hours  
  • Energy Co-op/Internship (SEA PN03) – 3 hours  
  • Sustainability & Energy Policy Capstone Project  (SEA 4904) – 4 hours
  • Choose one of the following courses:
  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1003) – 3 hours
  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) – 3 hours
  • Principles of Sociology (SOCI 1003) – 3 hours

*Students from earlier catalogs may substitute BIOL 1103 for BIOL 1204 and/or CHEM 1104 or CHEM 1214 for PHSC 1104.

C.  Program Electives (select two of the following):  6-8 hours

  • Intro to Management (BUSI 2903) – 3 hours
  • Survey of Economic Issues (ECON 2023) – 3 hours
  • Microeconomics (ECON 2033) – 3 hours
  • Macroeconomics (ECON 2043) – 3 hours
  • Public Policy (POSC 3123) – 3 hours  
  • Discipleship (RELI 3423) – 3 hours
  • Missional Leadership (RELI 4413) – 3 hours
  • Course(s) in biology, business, chemistry, communication, journalism, physics, political science, or religion meeting the program coordinator’s approval (3000-4000 level courses are recommended) – 3-8 hours

Note:        Students who have taken ECON 2033 or ECON 2043 may not take ECON 2023 for credit.  

Exit Assessment

All Sustainability & Energy Applications majors are required to complete a capstone project as part of SEA 4903.  

Recommended Minors

Business Administration, Biology, Chemistry, Christian Ministries, Communication, History, Journalism, and Political Science are good choices for SEA majors.  Courses taken for a minor reduce the number of general electives a student must take.