Undergraduate Degrees & Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Sustainability Minor

Certificate in Energy and Sustainability

Choosing an Undergraduate Degree

Undergraduate Studies

The Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, minor, and certificate 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 Careers section.

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 and analysis.
  • 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 institutions.
  • (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

More Information

If you have specific questions related to undergraduate advising, please contact:

Beth Volker
Undergraduate Academic Success Coordinator
School of Sustainability
Kevan Hayden
Undergradate Academic Success Specialist
School of Sustainability

Next Steps


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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