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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Eco-Entrepreneurship Program integrates environmental sustainability (science), field learning and experiences (applied science), and entrepreneurship (business) with social analysis focused on creating sustainable and equitable community development. Place-based approaches to regional sustainable business opportunities will meet the equitable needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Eco-Entrepreneurship program pursues these goals through the integration of teaching, demonstration and the development of science based knowledge and experiences with new production techniques and markets. Eco-Entrepreneurship creates a broad array of opportunities to provide sustainable goods and services including, but not limited to, local food production and utilization of sustainable energy systems. As an Associate of Science degree that completes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, students will gain knowledge and skills that they may apply directly to business development, management, and operation or use in transfer to a Baccalaureate degree.

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PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  1. Students will acquire the science based knowledge necessary to understand our most pressing environmental problems, their most promising solutions and the business opportunities they present.
  2. Students will apply this knowledge towards the development of business ventures aimed at solving our local environmental issues.
  3. Students will develop the skills necessary to launch a successful eco-entrepreneurial business venture or become an effective employee in an existing operation.
  4. Students will develop the general knowledge and skills necessary for transfer into a related Baccalaureate degree program.
  5. Students will communicate effectively with employees, investors, customers and other professionals.

ECO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP CORE

  • Intro to Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Issues in Global Ecology
  • Economics of Sustainability
  • Intro to Environmental Science
  • Case Studies in Eco-Entrepreneurship
  • Internship with Eco-Entrepreneurship Organization
  • Capstone in Assembling a Business Plan

Applied Track 1

  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Regenerative Agriculture Methods
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture

Applied Track 2

  • Energy Concepts and Applications
  • Renewable Energy systems
  • Energy System Design

ECO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE

Semester 1

  • Engl 1106 – Composition I
  • EnSc 1200 – Introduction to Environmental Science
  • EnSc 1210 – Sustainable Food Systems
  • Comm 1115 – Intercultural Communications

Semester 2

  • EnSc – Case Studies in Regional Eco-Entrepreneurship Businesses
  • EnSc 1310 – Issues in Global Ecology
  • Engl 1109 – Composition II
  • Biol 1120 – General Biology 1 or Physics 1001 (Track I or II dependent)
  • Elective I in Social Sciences or Humanities

Semester 3

  • EnSc – Regenerative Agricultural Methods
  • Bus 1410 – Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
  • EnSc – Controlled Environmental Agriculture
  • EnSc – Internship with Eco-Entrepreneurship Business
  • Econ 1160 – Microeconomics
  • Elective II in Social Sciences or Humanities

Semester 4

  • EnSc – Capstone in Writing Eco-Entrepreneurship Business Plan
  • Econ 2030 – Economics of Sustainability
  • Math 2210 – General Statistics
  • Elective III in Social Sciences or Humanities
  • Elective IV in Social Sciences or Humanities

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