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Some Highlights of Sustainability Education Across ASU

Arizona State University’s commitment to help create a sustainable world means that sustainability is studied throughout the curriculum.


W. P. Carey School of Business designed the Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in sustainability for students to learn how to align sustainability with a profitable approach to business planning. Classes are taught in conjunction with the School of Sustainability and are also offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.


Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering provide a full range of degree programs in sustainable engineering and related fields. The School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment addresses society’s critical need for sustainable infrastructure. Students in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy can earn a concentration in energy and environment. 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 from the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

Computer Sciences and Systems Engineering

The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering offers sustainability-related electives in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management program. Students can also integrate biology, urban planning, anthropology, and public health with computer and information sciences in the Computer Science degree. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a focus on alternative energy systems from the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.

Interdisciplinary Studies

The School of Letters and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a sustainability concentration. Students approach sustainability through multiple viewpoints with intellectual cohesion and engaged problem solving. The sustainability concentration can be coupled with a required second concentration like business, biochemistry, geography, and justice studies. A sustainable tourism concentration is also available. Students can connect tourism with local and global sustainable development.

Environmental Humanities

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.

Ethnicity, Gender, and Race Studies

The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences provides a certificate and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnicity, Race and First Nations Studies. The certificate and degree are designed for students who plan to work and live in ethnically diverse communities and seek to acquire the skills for understanding the complexities of race, class, and gender at a local or national level. The College also provides a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Students can also obtain a minor in Ethnic Studies.

Science, Technology, and Society

The School of Letters and Sciences offers a bachelor's degree in Science, Technology and Society. Students can learn about technology and human interactions that shape our daily lives. The focus of the program is on developing the technical skills required to analyze the social, political, and policy impact of technological advancement and the competence required to navigate questions surrounding the future of science and technology.

Environmental Technology

The College of Technology and Innovation at ASU Polytechnic campus offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Technology Management. This program teaches critical scientific, technical, and management skills needed to solve the environmental challenges faced by industry and society in today’s highly regulated and competitive business climate. Students can apply sustainability in undergraduate degrees in Food Industry Management and Agribusiness from the Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management.

Community Development

The School of Community Resources and Development offers many programs in a diverse range of disciplines such as Bachelor of Science degrees in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Parks and Recreation Management, and Tourism Development and Management.

Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs offers an undergraduate program in Urban and Metropolitan Studies that allows students to examine challenges facing urban cities using community knowledge and historical and cultural contexts. Students can pursue a Creative City certificate to learn how to revitalize their community, develop place-making practices, enhance infrastructure, and improving quality of life for urban residents.


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.

Conservation Biology and Ecological Sustainability

The School of Life Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration in conservation biology and ecological sustainability. The concentration provides training in population biology, behavioral ecology, climate change, urban ecology, conservation of endangered species and social and historical aspects of conservation.


Established in 2006, the School of Sustainability’s mission is to educate a new generation of scholars and practitioners and create innovative modes of scholarship by bringing together leaders, stakeholders, and people from multiple disciplines to develop practical solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges.


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