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Frequently Asked Questions - Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate FAQs

School and Programs

What makes the School of Sustainability undergraduate programs different from other disciplinary-based undergraduate programs?

The School’s programs are problem-based rather than disciplined-based and students with different interests, skills, and backgrounds get to learn and work together to solve real-world problems. Students will be exposed to different ways of thinking in our programs and will also have the opportunity to help shape the new, groundbreaking field as it evolves.

We also work very closely with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability . The Institute is involved in many collaborative research projects and hosts many top scholars and professionals working in the field of sustainability. As far as the curriculum is concerned, our program equips students with comprehensive knowledge of what is going on in the field of sustainability at local, national, and global levels. Our program also allows for students to focus in on a particular area of study to gain depth in that area through coursework and an applied experience.

Are the School of Sustainability undergraduate programs accredited?

ASU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. However, accreditation by a national body or board that oversees academic degree programs in Sustainability does not currently exist. In fact, formal education in Sustainability is so new that we are one of the first schools in the nation to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in Sustainability. It is possible that an accreditation process for programs in Sustainability will be developed in the future, but one does not exist at this time.

What is the difference between the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability?

There are three distinct differences between the two degree programs:

  1. the tracks that students are able to pursue within each of the degree programs
  2. the math requirement
  3. the second language requirement
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Application Process

How do I apply to ASU?

The School of Sustainability uses ASU’s universal application process for undergraduate applications. For more information, please visit ASU’s Undergraduate Admissions site.

When should I apply for admission? Is there a deadline?

For information on when you should apply, please visit these links for application timelines based on your student status:

What are the application requirements for the undergraduate programs?

The School of Sustainability has higher admission requirements. Applicants must select a second choice for their major on the application. Students who are not admitted to the School of Sustainability and who did not select a second major or are not admissible to the second major choice will be admitted to the exploratory social and behavioral sciences program within University College. Students with more than 45 transfer hours who are not admissible to University College will be contacted to select an appropriate major.

Freshman applicants must meet the following standards:

  1. Have a minimum high school ABOR GPA of 3.30; AND
    • A high school class rank in the top 15 percent of class; OR
    • An SAT combined score of 1140 or higher; OR
    • An ACT combined score of 25 or higher.
  2. No high school math competency deficiency.

Transfer students (with 12 or more transfer hours after high school graduation) are required to have a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.30 or higher.

ASU students who would like to change their major to sustainability are required to have a cumulative ASU GPA of 3.30 or higher (based on at least 12 credit hours).

Can I pursue an undergraduate degree in Sustainability concurrently with another undergraduate degree?

More than one baccalaureate degree may be pursued concurrently if prior approval is given by the standards committee(s) of the college(s)/school(s) offering the degrees. Students may receive concurrent degrees if they meet the minimum requirements for both degrees. Students will need to talk with their advisor about this.

I already have a baccalaureate degree. Can I pursue an undergraduate degree in Sustainability?

The student seeking a second baccalaureate degree must meet admission criteria. After conferral of the first degree, a minimum of 30 semester hours in resident credit courses at ASU must be successfully completed to earn the second baccalaureate degree. The student must meet all degree and university requirements of the second degree.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

How much does it cost to complete an undergraduate program?

The full cost of completing an undergraduate degree at ASU will depend on several factors:

  • The student’s residency status (Arizona or Non-Arizona resident)
  • Whether the student receives an offer of financial support from the School
  • How many credit hours a student takes each semester
  • How long the student takes to complete the program
  • Any new state-mandated tuition increases while the student is in the program.

See current ASU tuition rates and fees .

How do I establish Arizona residency?

For information on how to establish Arizona residency, please visit Residency Classification .

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Career Opportunities

What types of careers will be available to students with an undergraduate degree in Sustainability?

Sustainability graduates are prepared for admission into strong graduate and professional schools or may assume positions in higher education, industry, consultancy, utilities, regulatory agencies, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, or local, state or federal government. Recent interest in sustainability within business and government has created new employment opportunities in the field.

By engaging a breadth of knowledge and experience, and by acquiring the skills to integrate various domains of knowledge, sustainability students prepare themselves for a variety of careers to help find solutions to challenges having to do with biodiversity and habitats, climate, social transformations, energy, materials and technology, governance and policy, international development, urbanization, and water. Learn more about careers in sustainability by visiting our careers section.

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Student Life

Are there any programs, activities, or student groups at ASU that I can get involved with that are related to Sustainability?

There are several student groups involved in sustainability efforts and initiatives on campus. We encourage you to contact these groups and get involved in making a difference right here at ASU. Learn more about student initiatives in sustainability by visiting our student experience section.

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