Business Administration and Environment & Sustainability

  • B.A. in Business Administration and Environment & Sustainability
    • Major

    Get Involved

    A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

    Business Administration

    • Career Fairs: Connect with future employers during the various career fairs in the School of Business and around Colorado.
       
    • ICELab: The Innovation + Creativity + Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab on upper campus is a space that provides startups and expanding businesses with the materials and support needed to succeed.
       
    • Office of Career Success: Business students have a department-specific career services professional.
       
    • Study Abroad: Experience Harlaxton College in the English Midlands.

    Environment & Sustainability

    • Clubs & Organizations: Join the Organics Guild, Sustainability Coalition or Wildlife Society. 
       
    • Coldharbour Institute: Experiment with sustainable building design, resilient food systems or community organizing in the Gunnison Valley.
       
    • Conferences: Attend the Headwaters Conference, the Colorado Water Workshop and Sage Grouse Spring Symposium.
       
    • Earthship Academy: Learn how to construct a self-sustaining building capable of producing food and saving energy.
       
    • High Country News: Check out the independent news source's new satellite office located in Kelley Hall.
       
    • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Find a research assistantship at one of the premier biological research stations in the world. 
       
    • Solar Energy International: Engage in the local, regional or global conversation about the renewable energy era.

    Scholarships

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    Kate Clark, Ph.D. headshot
    Director of Undergraduate Environment & Sustainability Program; Graduate Faculty in Master in Environmental Management programs, Environment & Sustainability and Sociology programs
    Phone:
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 146
    Jeffrey Dykes, Ph.D. headshot
    Associate Professor of Business Administration
    Phone: 970.943.3189
    Office Location: Borick Business Building 226
    Christopher Greene, J.D. headshot
    Associate Professor of Business Administration; Innovation + Creativity + Entrepreneurship (ICE) Project Director
    Phone: 970.943.2300
    Office Location: Borick Business Building 222
    Ralph Hanke, Ph.D. headshot
    Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Graduate Faculty in Outdoor Industry MBA
    Phone: 970.943.3020
    Office Location: Borick Business Building 242
    James Harriss, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Banking & Finance
    Phone: 970.943.3005
    Office Location: Borick Business Building 215
    Jessica Laramie, J.D. headshot
    Lecturer in Business Administration
    Phone: 970.943.2538
    Office Location: Borick Business Building 229
    Louise Meret-Hanke, Ph.D. headshot
    Lecturer in Business Administration
    Phone: 970.943.3001
    Office Location: Borick Business Building 221
    Kevin A. Nelson, Ph.D. headshot
    Associate Dean of Business School
    Phone: 970.943.2610
    Office Location: Borick Business Building 243
    Michael Vieregge, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Business Administration
    Phone: 970.943.2566
    Office Location: Borick Business Building 241
    Joel Watson, Ph.D. headshot
    Assistant Professor of Marketing, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
    Phone: 970.943.3008
    Office Location: Borick Business Building 246
  • B.A. in Business Administration and Environment & Sustainability
    • Major

    Many students of the environment soon find themselves working in a competitive business setting. They need the skills and awareness from both disciplines to succeed in a meaningful way. The Business Administration and Environment & Sustainability coordinated double major at Western teaches students the fundamentals in both fields, so they can successfully help businesses balance the bottom line with an environmental conscience.

    The Program

    The Business Administration and Environment & Sustainability double major combines two of Western’s more popular programs.

    The first element is a Business Administration nucleus comprised of coursework focusing on principles in the areas of accounting, communication, economics, finance, management, marketing and law.

    The second element is a sharp focus on the interactions of humans and the natural environment, including the structure and function of natural systems; how social, political and economic activity impacts those systems; and resilient solutions to unsustainable human impacts. 

    Careers & Opportunities

    College graduates with proven senses for both business and the environment are a rare find in today’s marketplace. Future generations need business leaders who include sustainability as a core principle of their organizations and environmental leaders who have the business know-how to spread their ideas in the global marketplace. Whatever side of the degree you start from, your vision is needed more than ever.

    Graduates commonly pursue careers and advanced degrees in:

    • Business development
    • Business strategy analysis
    • City planning
    • Conservation science
    • Environmental management
    • Green building
    • Renewable energy
    • Solar technology
    • Water resource management
    • Wave energy
    • Wind energy

    Learn More

    Reach out to Peter Sherman, Ph.D. or Kate Clark, Ph.D. for more information.