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B.A. Sustainability Studies and the Environment

Fast Facts: Sustainability Studies and the Environment Major and Minor

  • Sustainability Studies and the Environment is an interdisciplinary program, which draws elective courses from a variety of departments across campus
  • There are two tracks the student can follow beyond the core courses: Environment and Behavioral Change, or Public Policy, Community Action and Advocacy
  • Sustainability studies revolve around the three 'E's of sustainability: environment, economy, and equity. Each of these components is equally important.
  • Sustainability in essence is promoting good stewardship of the environment and resources to ensure the needs of future generations are met

Program requirements

Major: 44-46 credits
Minor: 24 credits


Students who successfully complete a Sustainability Studies and the Environment major, along with interdisciplinary courses outside the program, will be exceptionally well prepared for the modern day workplace and a variety of graduate degrees.

This program is also ideal for students who have an interest in integrating sustainability and the environment into their careers across all industries.


Sustainability now has an impact in all areas of human endeavor. Governments, corporations, religious institutions, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, hospitals, etc. are all incorporating principles of sustainability into their everyday practices.

Additionally, students can prepare themselves for the job market by combining a sustainability major with any field of interest: business, economics, biology, marketing, nursing, management, fine arts, pre-law, etc.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse CHM 1010 - Chemistry and Sustainability

Course description Introduces basic concepts of chemistry and their relationship or application to sustainability and social issues.

Expand and Collapse POL 4402 - Environmental Politics

An examination of debates dealing with global environmental problems and the varying roles of nongovernmental organizations. Topics vary from resource wars to environmental racism as issues confronting the human community.

Expand and Collapse SUS 1777 - Topics in Sustainability

Special topics in sustainability studies.

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