Sustainability (BA)

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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.

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
Quantitative Research Methods in Sustainability and Urban Studies

*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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 3
SUST 201Environmental Management3
SUST 202Behavioral Dimensions of Environmental Decision-Making3
SUST 301Sustainable Built Environment3
SUST 303Quantitative Research Methods in Sustainability and Urban Studies 3
SUST 402Policy and Governance in Sustainability 3
SUST 403Sustainable Societal Systems3
SUST 518Urban Demography and GIS3
SUST 404Sustainability Internship 3
or SUST 401 Independent Study Sustainability
Minimum Total Hours27
Supporting Courses
Natural and Social Science electives 418
Electives 514
Minimum Total Hours32
Track Requirements (See Track Requirements tab)9

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
Sustainability Internship
1

 Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

2

 In addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above

3

 May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

 Outside of courses used to meet major requirements with 15 hours at the 300 level or above (in addition to courses counted toward General Education)

5

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Track Requirements

Policy and Governance in Sustainability

Academic Plan Code(s): SUSTBA_PGS

Track Requirements
Select one of the following courses:3
Global Environmental Politics
POLS 426
Environmental Policy
PGS Electives, select two of the following courses:6
Environmental Crime
Environmental Communication
Environmental Conflict in the United States: Historical Foundations & Contemporary Problems
Foundations of Urban Administration
Urban Policy
Economic Development
Environmental Sociology
Special Topics in Sustainability
Minimum Total Hours9

Sustainable Societal and Urban Systems

Academic Plan Code(s): SUSTBA_SUS

Track Requirements
ENVS 360Global Environmental Change3
SUS Electives, select two of the following courses:6
Ecology, Politics and Culture
Environmental Economics
Climate Science
Biogeography
GIS and Water Resources
Principles of Urban Planning
Special Topics in Sustainability
Minimum Total Hours9

Sustainable Societies

Academic Plan Code(s): SUSTBA_SS

Track Requirements
GEOG 361Sustainable Human Environments 3
SS Electives, select two of the following courses:6
Food and Body Politic
Global Change Ecology
Globalization and Diversity
Environmental Ethics
Dogs in Society: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Human-Canine Connection
Urban Sociology
Animals and Society
Special Topics in Sustainability
Minimum Total Hours9

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
SUST 101 Introduction to Sustainability 3
General Elective 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 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
SUST 303 Quantitative Research Methods in Sustainability and Urban Studies 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 Environment 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 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 518 Urban Demography and GIS 3
SUST 403 Sustainable Societal Systems 3
Sustainability Track elective 1 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or general elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SUST 401
Independent Study Sustainability
or Sustainability Internship
1-3
Sustainability Track elective 2 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Natural Science or Social Science WR elective (300 level or above)
Sustainability Track elective 3 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 2
 Hours11
 Minimum Total Hours118-121

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.