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
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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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