A New Approach to Transdisciplinary Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education

The Business And Science: Integrated Curriculum for Sustainability (BASICS) team is developing transdisciplinary curriculum modules for undergraduate students that combine STEM and business, with a focus on the wicked problems of sustainability in a global economy. The project team features faculty experts in STEM and business disciplines from multiple institutions that are forming Local Learning Communities to collaboratively and iteratively create and assess these curriculum modules. Through this model, BASICS is building a strategic network of partnerships that can help catalyze faculty learning and change across the broader academic community, leading to a 21st century education that prepares all students, STEM and business alike, to better address complex problems of sustainability in a global economy.

Can our innovative model of Transfusion—that is, collaborative transdisciplinary sustainability curriculum development led by STEM and business faculty—lead to a transformation at institutions of higher education by better preparing a 21st century workforce to address the wicked problems of sustainability in a global economy?

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