Choosing an Undergraduate Degree
The Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and minor degree programs in
sustainability are flexible, interdisciplinary, and problem-oriented. Our
undergraduate programs introduce students to the problems of sustainability
Students will learn about factors that determine the sustainability of human
institutions, organizations, cultures, and technologies in different
environments. Academic-degree programs in sustainability not only build on the
skills generated by discipline-based study, but make it possible to address the
linkages between people in their social, natural, and built environment.
Students will work on real-world challenges using various approaches.
Graduates are prepared for admission into strong graduate and professional
schools or may assume positions in industry, consultancy, utilities, regulatory
agencies, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, or local, state or
federal government. To explore career options in sustainability, visit the
Common Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
- Think in a holistic way about sustainability problems.
- Understand the concepts of sustainability, the issues involved, and the
disciplines needed to address real-world problems.
- Evaluate the role and effectiveness of a broad range of methods of inquiry
- Understand the concepts and methods of different academic disciplines and the
way in which these can address sustainability challenges.
- Work collaboratively and in multidisciplinary teams.
- Understand ethical issues related to sustainability.
- Develop sustainable institutions for water, land, air, and urban management
at the local to global level.
- Evaluate the sustainability of environmental institutions, legal frameworks,
property rights, and culture.
- Develop creative, adaptive solutions to sustainability challenges.
- (B.A.) Understand the concepts and methods of environmental economics,
sociology, anthropology, environmental politics, ethics, design, and human
geography relevant to the sustainability of environmental resources and social
- (B.S.) Understand the concepts and methods of environmental economics,
ecology, environmental biology, hydrology, environmental chemistry, engineering,
earth-systems management, and other disciplines relevant to the sustainable use
of environmental resources