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Choosing a Sustainability Undergraduate Degree

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate sustainability degrees and programs are flexible, interdisciplinary,
and problem-oriented. Our undergraduate programs in sustainability introduce students to the problems of sustainability.

Both undergraduate degrees are currently available on the Tempe Campus, the Polytechnic Campus, and through ASUOnline.

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Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts

The BA in Sustainability is an undergraduate degree best suited to students interested in social sciences, humanities, planning or related fields. Students learn concepts and methods relevant to the sustainability of environmental resources and social institutions, evaluating the sustainability of environmental institutions, legal frameworks, property rights and culture.

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Bachelor of Science

The BS in Sustainability is an undergraduate degree best suited to students inclined toward natural sciences, economics, engineering or related fields. Students learn concepts and methods relevant to the sustainable use of environmental resources, evaluating the sustainability of technology, the built environment and environmental regulations and policy.

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95% Undergraduate alumni are employed.

4% Undergraduate alumni are pursuing graduate degrees.

Data is from School alumni survey respondents. Last updated Nov. 2015.

Minors and Certificates

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.

undergraduate sustainability degrees

Undergraduates at a Glance

Graduates of the School of Sustainability are high achieving, holistic thinking agents of change that are highly motivated to work on real-world challenges utilizing their knowledge of sustainability and finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges.

Graduates are in high demand in the public, private, and non-profit sectors because they know what sustainability is and understand its complexity, understand how to approach problems and solutions, and know how to work with and draw from different disciplines.

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.
  • Develop creative, adaptive solutions to sustainability challenges.

Undergraduate Student Success

See the profile of the 2014 undergraduates

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