Tech approves new degree program

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University is looking to add a bachelor’s of science program in sustainability science and society.

The Tech Board Friday voted to submit the proposal for a new degree for state approval.

Part of the social sciences department, the new program is intended to attract students with an interest in the social science aspects of sustainability. The program will examine interactions between human, environmental and engineered systems to understand and contribute to real-world solutions.

“The proposed degree will help students develop the interdisciplinary social science knowledge and skills needed to address the world’s most significant environmental sustainability problems,” said Board Chairman Terry Woychowski. “Challenges in environmental sustainability involve significant social dimensions, so finding solutions and providing leadership on sustainability issues benefits from an interdisciplinary foundation in the social sciences.”

The proposal now goes to be approved by the Academic Affairs Officers’ Committee of the Michigan Association of State Universities.