Jun 10, 2023
This program immerses students in the three pillars of sustainability: society, economy, and environment. Through interdisciplinary coursework, the major focuses on the connections that exist between social equity, economy, and environmental problems, and it builds student understanding of sustainable solutions that will meet the present and future needs of people and the biosphere. The major provides students with skills needed to pursue graduate studies or employment in a range of sustainability fields. Students are encouraged to incorporate internships and directed studies into their program with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an understanding of the concept and practice of sustainability at personal, community, national, and global scales.
- Analyze complex systems in the context of social, economic, and environmental dimensions.
- Engage in sustainability research and/or outreach that applies and integrates knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills to address the challenges and opportunities of sustainability.
Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 44-54
Basic Requirements: (17-18 Credits)
Sustainability Dimension Courses (21-28 Credits)
Seven courses with at least two in each dimension. At least 15 credits must be at the 300-level or higher and at least 3 credits at the 200-level or higher
Dimension 1: Society, Culture and Humanities (2 Classes - 6-8 credits)
Dimension 2: Development, Economics, and Global Perspective (2 Classes - 6-8 Credits)
Dimension 3: Environment and Physical Science (at least 2 Classes - 6-8 Credits)
An additional course (3-4 credits) from any one of the three dimensions.
Integrative and Applied Learning Experience: (3-4 credits)
Related Requirements (3-4 Credits)
Minimum Competence Requirement
A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used in fulfillment of the Sustainability Studies major.
Department Writing Requirement
Students will meet the department writing requirement for Sustainability Studies majors by writing a reflective essay in consultation with the Sustainability Studies Coordinator after completion of the Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.
- A three-credit lecture taken with its one-credit co-requisite lab constitutes one course.
- Three to four internship credits may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course or the integrative and applied learning requirement with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
- Three to four credits of directed study may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course or the integrative and applied learning requirement with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
- SUST 366 - Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship or SUST 399 - Sustainability Directed Study may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course or the integrative and applied learning requirement with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.