Sustainability (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability (SUSTBA SUS, SUSTBA PGS, SUSTBA SS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Program Website: louisville.edu/upa/programs/bachelors-of-sustainability

Program Information

The BA in Sustainability is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding issues, problems and solutions in sustainability, with a goal of preparing students to engage with these issues on multiple levels in the workplace and in their community.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department's Learning Outcomes Measurement.  For details, contact department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Sustainability requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and satisfy the respective General Education Requirement(s):
Introduction to Sustainability - SB

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 29
WR - two approved courses at the 300 level or above
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Urban and Public Affairs
Sustainability Core:
SUST 101Introduction to Sustainability - SB3
SUST 201Environmental Management3
SUST 202Behavioral Dimensions of Environmental Decision-Making3
SUST 301Sustainable Built Enivironment3
SUST 401Independent Study Sustainability - CUE3
SUST 402Policy and Governance in Sustainability - WR3
SUST 403Sustainable Societal Systems3
SUST 404Sustainability Internship - CUE3
SUST 518Urban Demography and GIS3
or PLAN 618 Urban Demography and GIS
SOC 301Introduction to Social Statistics3
or SOC 303 Introduction to Research Methods - WR
Track Requirement (see Track Requirements tab)6
Supporting Courses
Natural and Social Science electives 418
Electives 514
Minimum Total Hours68

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Independent Study Sustainability - CUE
Sustainability Internship - CUE

Track Requirements

Policy and Governance in Sustainability (PGS) 

Track Requirements
Select one of the following courses:3
Environmental Policy
Environmental Policy
Behavioral Dimensions of Urban Sustainability
PGS Elective, select one of the following courses:3
American Environmental History - CUE, WR
Economic Development
Environmental Policy and Natural Hazards
Land Use & Planning Law
Minimum Total Hours6

Sustainable Societal and Urban Systems (SUS)

Track Requirements
SUST 576Sustainable Social-Ecological Systems3
SUST Elective, select one of the following courses:3
Food and Body Politic
Studies in Modern Architecture
Advanced Ecology
Independent Study
Transportation Systems Engineering
Water Supply and Sewerage
Environmental Economics
Urban Environmental Quality
Selected Topics in Geosciences
Sustainable Energy Systems
Environmental Ethics
Politics of Oil
Minimum Total Hours6

Sustainable Societies (SS)

Track Requirements
PLAN 670Sustainable Development and Planning3
or PLAN 674 Sustainable Urbanism
SS Elective, select one of the following courses:3
Ecology, Politics and Culture
Food and Body Politic
Studies in Modern Architecture
Independent Study
Population and Community Ecology
Race and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice - WR
Urban Economics
Environmental Economics
Comparative Environmental History
American Environmental History - CUE, WR
Globalization and Diversity - D2, SB
Sustainable Human Environments - WR
Globalization Seminar
Urban Environmental Quality
Environmental Ethics
Politics of Oil
Environmental Policy
Urban Sociology
Rural Sociology
Social Change
Urban Environmental Quality
Land Use & Planning Law
Environmental Policy
Environmental Policy and Natural Hazards
Minimum Total Hours6

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
SUST 101 Introduction to Sustainability - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
SUST 201
Environmental Management
or Behavioral Dimensions of Environmental Decision-Making
3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective US Diversity - SBHD1 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
SUST 202
Behavioral Dimensions of Environmental Decision-Making
or Environmental Management
3
SOC 301
Introduction to Social Statistics
or Introduction to Research Methods - WR
3
Arts and Humanities-AH 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
Natural Science or Social Science Elective 3
 Hours15-16
Spring
SUST 301 Sustainable Built Enivironment 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
Natural Science or Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective 3
Natural Science or Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15-16
Year 3
Fall
SUST 402 Policy and Governance in Sustainability - WR 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
Humanities or Natural Science WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Natural Science or Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Natural Science or Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15-16
Spring
SUST 401 Independent Study Sustainability - CUE 3
SUST 403 Sustainable Societal Systems 3
Natural Science or Social Science WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or general elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SUST 404 Sustainability Internship - CUE 3
Sustainability Track elective 1 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
SUST 518 Urban Demography and GIS 3
Sustainability Track elective 2 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 2
 Hours14
 Minimum Total Hours121-124