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Note: Cal Poly Pomona University will be converting from the current quarter system to a semester system, effective Fall, 2018. This page contains information about the current quarter system curriculum. Current and prospective students are advised that curricular changes will go into effect which will alter the roadmap for degree completion at that time. The continued success of our students is the highest priority during this conversion. The faculty and staff at CPP commit to a partnership with students to achieve a conversion that does not adversely affect the time to degree or cost of the degree. Learn more about semester conversion.

Students must take a total of 46 units of which 26 are core courses in Regenerative Studies; an intensive three-course introduction to Regenerative Studies (15 units) begins the program. Students are also required to select a focus discipline in which they complete 12 units of course credit. A thesis or project for 8 units is required to complete the coursework.

Students are also required to complete 200 hours of internship which are to be completed at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies or in an approved external program or organization. A final presentation and defense of the thesis or project must be successfully completed.

RS 501, Regenerative Practices, may be required as a prerequisite for designated incoming graduate students, but is not part of the degree requirements.

Core Courses (26 units)

Course Number
Course Title
Units
RS 510/510L Habitat and Community Practice
3/2
RS 520/520L Nature as a Model
3/2
RS 530/530L Regenerative Technologies
3/2
RS 540/540L Methods & Applications in Regenerative Sys.
3/1
RS 550 Seminar in Research Methods I
2
RS 640 Coalition Building
3
RS 650 Seminar in Research Methods II
2

Focus Discipliine Courses* (12 units)

Course
Units
One Course (300, 400, 500, or 600 Level)
4
Two Courses (400, 500 and/or 600 Level)
8

* To be chosen by student in consultation with graduate advisor and faculty in focus discipine.

Thesis or Project (8 units)

Course Number
Course Title
Units
Thesis/Project Research
4
RS 695 or
Master's Project
4
Master's Thesis
4

Course Descriptions

RS 501 Regenerative Practices (4)
Theory, case studies and strategies in five areas of regenerative practice: energy and water conservation, sustainable agriculture, shelter and waste management. Multidisciplinary problem solving. Technical, economic, political and ethical issues. Seminar and practice exercises. May be required as a prerequisite for students entering the graduate program, can be used as an elective by students in other majors.
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RS 510/510L Habitat & Community Practice (3/2)

Investigations of diverse cultural, ethical, and aesthetic orientations of
individual and social practices that contribute to successful regenerative communities. Appropriate methods of governance. Seminar and lab using the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies as the investigation site. Three hour lecture, 6 hour lab. Prerequisite: unconditional standing in Regenerative Studies, or RS 501 or equivalent. Concurrent enrollment in RS 520/520L, 530/530L required.
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RS 520/520L Nature as Model (3/2)
The biosphere as model for regenerative practices with strategy implications. Comparison between natural and human-engineered systems in terms of costs, resource conservation, environmental protection, social values. Seminar and lab using the Lyle Center for
Regenerative Studies as the investigation site. Three hour lecture, 6 hour lab. Prerequisite: unconditional standing in Regenerative Studies, or RS 501 or equivalent. Concurrent enrollment in RS 510/510L, 530/530L required.
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RS 530/530L Regenerative Technologies (3/2)
Investigation of cultural, philosophical, ethical, economic, political and technological orientations to the idea of appropriate technologies in regard to quality of human life and environmental sustainability. Seminar and lab using the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies as the investigation site. Three hour lecture, 6 hour lab. Prerequisite: unconditional standing in Regenerative Studies, or RS 501 or equivalent. Concurrent enrollment in RS 510/510L, 520/520L required.
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RS 540/540L Methods & Applications in Regenerative Systems (3/1)
Investigation and application of regenerative principles and methods to contemporary environmental problems, encompassing a broad range of social and ecological considerations.  One 3-hour lecture and, one 3-hour Laboratory.  Concurrent enrollment required. Prerequisites: RS 510/510L, RS 520/520L, RS 530/530L or permission of instructor.
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RS 550 Seminar in Research Methods I (2)
Comparison of multiple methods for investigating regenerative systems. Research design and critical interpretation of research methodologies from different disciplines. Foundation concepts. Open to graduate students from other disciplines. Two hour seminar. Prerequisites: RS 510/510L, 520/520L, 530/530L, or permission of instructor.
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RS 599 Special Topics for Graduate Students (1-4)
Selected issues, programs, and themes in sustainable environments, chosen by faculty to address student interests. Seminar 1 to 4 hours. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 units. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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RS 640 Coalition Building (3)
Constructive processes and methods of building coalitions to strengthen public awareness and create policy supporting regenerative practices. Theory and case studies of successful partnerships among government, business, community and environmental groups. Role of the media, judicial and political processes. Three hour lecture. Prerequisites: RS 510/510L, 520/520L, 530/530L.
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RS 650 Seminar in Research Methods II (2)
Articulation of relationships between disciplines and exploration/ formulation of interdisciplinary collaboration. Direct application to individual research topics. Application of foundation concepts. Open to graduate students from other disciplines. Two hour seminar. Prerequisites: RS 550, or permission of instructor.
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RS 692 Independent Study (1-4)
Independent research or readings proposed by the student in consultation with and with approval of a faculty member who will supervise the work. May not be used to lead directly to the thesis/project but may be used as a Discipline Focus course. Prerequisite: Unconditional standing, or permission of instructor. Maximum of 4 units possible.
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RS 694 Thesis/Project Research (4)
Research leading to thesis or project for Masters Degree. May be repeated. Prerequisite: RS 650.
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RS 695 Research Project (4)
Project concerning a significant problem in sustainable environments. May be client-oriented. Normally the final course of culmination research, synthesizing learning from earlier courses. Required for students selecting a Project option for the MRS Degree. May be repeated. Prerequisite: RS 694.
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RS 696 Master's Thesis (1-4)
A formal thesis concerning a significant problem in the field of regenerative studies. Required for students selecting the Thesis option for the MRS Degree. Open to students who have completed all other required coursework for the MRS. Total credit limited to 4 units. Prerequisite: RS 694.
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RS 699 Master's Degree Continuation (0)
Registration or an approved leave of absence is required for any quarter following the final assignment of the grade SP until completion of the thesis or project. The candidate must be enrolled in the university during the quarter in which he/she qualifies for graduation. Advancement to candidacy required.
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