Arizona State University’s commitment to help create a sustainable world means that sustainability is studied throughout the curriculum.
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change, theSchool of Life Sciences , and the School of Sustainability offer a Complex Adaptive Systems Science Concentration for doctoral students. Complex adaptive systems science is the study of interactive and dynamic systems that change over time. This concentration is available to PhD students in six doctoral programs in the three Schools.
Students can earn a Doctorate in Economics with a specialization in Environmental and Resource Economics from the W.P. Carey School of Business.
The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts offers a Doctorate in Design, Environment and the Arts that addresses sustainable design challenges and interdisciplinary research. The program provides experiences for those pursuing careers in environmental and energy issues, as well as for those wishing to teach in the architecture, art, or design fields.
The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning provides an interdisciplinary Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree that includes sustainable urban design, urban policy, environmental planning, transportation, and international planning among its areas of focus.
The School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts offers a Master of Science in the Built Environment (MSBE) degree with a concentration in energy performance and climate-responsive architecture.
The School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy offers a Professional Science Master's in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization. Students select courses in the technical and nontechnical tracks like energy policy and applied research. Students interested in clean energy production can obtain degrees in Materials Science and Engineering.
ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics offers a Master of Arts in Applied Ethics and the Professions with a sustainability-related concentration in Science, Technology and Ethics. The program focuses on ethical issues arising from balancing economic, technological, environmental, social, and cultural development in a world increasingly affected by science and technology.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a Doctorate in Environmental Social Sciences with a focus on urbanism. This degree uses a social sciences lens to reduce human impacts on the environment and develop a more sustainable world. Students can address issues on urbanism by analyzing culture, environmental justice, political ecology, science and technology, and environmental hazards.
The departments of English in the College of Liberal arts and Sciences and Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication in the School of Letters and Sciences offer a Certificate in Environmental Humanities. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge to guide meaningful social and environmental change, make informed decisions on sustainable personal lifestyles, and create ecologically responsible public policy.
Graduate students can explore sustainability degrees in Sustainable Tourism, Nonprofit Studies, Recreation and Tourism Studies, and Community Resources and Development in the School of Community Resources and Development.
The School of Public Affairs offers a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in urban management for students interested in city government management and leadership.
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is partnering with the School of Sustainability and others to develop one of the legal academy’s first integrated curriculums in law and sustainability for programs at the J.D. and master’s level. The College also offers a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology with a specialization in environmental law.
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences provides undergraduate programs and graduate degrees that emphasize sustainability, including the Master of Arts in Social Justice and Human Rights. Sustainability is interwoven throughout the curriculum in innovative ways, including the use of student-developed gaming software.