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School of Sustainability at ASU’s Polytechnic Campus

School of Sustainability
at ASU’s Polytechnic Campus

School of Sustainability
at ASU’s Polytechnic Campus

School of Sustainability at ASU’s Polytechnic Campus

Students at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability are rethinking and reinventing the future of a world at risk. The school’s programs introduce students to the concept of sustainability and how it applies to the real world. This is a transdisciplinary program that draws from many academic fields. Students explore the interaction between environment, economy, and society and apply their learning to issues at the local, regional, and global levels.

About ASU’s Polytechnic Campus

ASU’s Polytechnic campus is located in Mesa, Arizona in the heart of the dynamic East Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The 600-acre campus is located within a beautiful desert arboretum and has more than 50 sustainable buildings.

The campus offers students all of the resources of a large university in a small-college atmosphere. Students can live on campus and have access to dining halls, the Sun Devil Fitness Complex, health services, student services that include advising and career support, and free shuttle buses to the other campuses in the valley.

Student studying outdoors at Polytechnic campus

Undergraduate Degrees and Minor

BA in Sustainability

An undergraduate degree best suited to students interested in social sciences, humanities, planning or other 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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BS in Sustainability

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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Minor in Sustainability

The 18-credit minor allows students from many areas of study to explore the challenges of sustainability and how a sustainability approach may be used to develop solutions to pressing issues at local and global levels.

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What Students Learn

Systems Thinking – Analyzing how things relate to and affect one another in a holistic way

Futures Thinking – Envisioning desirable and possible futures

Values Thinking – Understanding how culture, tradition and values influence decisions

Strategic Thinking – Developing a strategy or plan to achieve a particular vision

Collaborative Competency – Working Effectively with others to achieve a goal

What Students Like

  • Being part of the first School of Sustainability in the nation.
  • Being engaged in a community of faculty and students that work with the partners to develop impactful sustainability solutions.
  • Studying abroad in places like Brazil, Denmark, Hong Kong, Nepal, South Africa, and Spain.
  • Having a dedicated internship coordinator and career coach to help them find sustainability opportunities – all students are required to complete an internship.
  • Gaining experience working in teams on projects with partner organizations – all students are required to complete a workshop.

Areas of Study

  • Business Practices and Economics
  • Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Ecosystem Alteration and Biodiversity
  • Energy, Materials and Technology
  • Food Systems
  • Future Scenarios and Systems Thinking
  • International Development
  • Policy and Governance
  • Social and Behavioral Change, Ethics
  • Urbanization
  • Water Quality, Use and Supply

Alumni Employment by the Numbers

95% of alumni are currently employed

* Of undergraduate alumni we have been able to track

48% of employed alumni have jobs related to sustainability

* Of undergraduate alumni we have been able to track

4% of alumni are in graduate school

* Of undergraduate alumni we have been able to track

Here are some examples of jobs held by Alumni:

  • Conservation Specialist
  • Energy Analyst
  • Environmental Compliance Coordinator
  • Environmental Program Specialist
  • Garden Educator
  • GHG Engineer
  • Healthcare Sustainability Specialist
  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Sustainability Program Strategist

For Transfer Students: Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP)

If you’re attending a Maricopa County Community College, you may be eligible for MAPP. This program can help you plan and complete prescribed coursework designed to help with a smooth transition to ASU to earn a bachelor’s degree. For more information, go to: transfer.asu.edu/Maricopa

Contact Us

SOSSunDevil@asu.edu
(480) 727-6963