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The future is bright for students of sustainability studies. Employers today need people with the knowledge and skills to help them meet the challenge of balancing people, planet and prosperity.

Our programs will teach you how to leverage sustainability and innovation to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the fast emerging green economy; And, they have been carefully designed to offer you a seamless classroom to career pathway.

B.A. in Sustainability Studies

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

Students receiving the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Sustainability Studies must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • The IU South Bend campus-wide general-education curriculum (33-39 cr.)
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts additional requirements (14-23 cr.)
  • Major concentration and elective requirements.
  • The required minor (15-18 cr.) taken in any campus school or interdisciplinary program.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.

In addition, major and minor requirements must be completed with a grade of C– or higher. All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated. Scroll down to view minor requirements.

Major Requirements (33 cr.)

Introduction (3 cr.)

  • SUST-S 201 Foundations of Sustainability

Core Courses

Scientific Foundations of Sustainability : Select two (6 cr.)

  • BIOL-L 101 Introduction to Biological Sciences 1
  • BIOL-N 390 The Natural World
    VT: Environmental Biology
    Note :: Biology majors can substitute BIOL-L 473 Ecology; or
    BIOL-L 474 Field and Laboratory Ecology
  • CHEM-N 190 The Natural World
    VT: Chemistry and Our Environment
  • GEOL-G 210 Oceonography
  • GEOL-G 219 Meteorology
  • HPER-N 220 Nutrition for Health

Social and Behavioral Foundations of Sustainability : Select two (6 cr.)

  • POLS-Y 115 Environment and People
  • POLS-Y 343 The Politics of International Development
  • SOC-B 399 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: Sustainable Communities
  • SUST-B 399 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: Just Food: Sustainable Food Systems
  • SUST-S 361 Sustainability Abroad
    VT: Just Food: Sustainable Food Systems
  • WOST-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions
    VT: Women and Sustainability

Sustainability and the Arts and Humanities (6 cr.)

  • HIST-T 190 Literary and Intellectual Traditions
    VT: History of United States Environmental Units
  • PHIL-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions
    VT: Environmental Philosophy

Business and Economics of Sustainability : Select one (3 cr.)

  • BUS-B 399 Business and Society
  • SUST-S 411 Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Electives : Select any two courses listed above or below (6 cr.)

  • BIOL-N 190 The Natural World
    VT: Food and Oil: Do They Mix
  • GEOL-G 190 The Evolving Earth
    VT: Geology and the National Parks
  • INTL-I 490 International Studies Capstone Seminar; or
  • SOC-S 410 Advanced Topics in Social Organization
    VT: International Inequalities and Global Issues
  • PHIL-P 383 Topics in Philosophy
    VT: Philosophy and Evolution
  • PSY-B 190 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: Social Justice
  • SOC-S 306 Urban Society
  • SUST-S 360 Topics in Sustainability Studies
  • SUST-S 361 Sustainability Abroad
  • SUST-S 460 Strategies for Transformative Leadership and Community Engagement
  • SUST-S 495 Directed Readings in Sustainability
  • SUST-S 496 Research in Sustainability

Capstone : Select one (3 cr.)

  • SUST-S 490 Sustainability Practicum
  • SUST-S 491 Internship in Sustainability


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