An innovative major that blends
business, environmental science, health, law, writing, political science, and ethics
to address contemporary issues.


The major addresses questions about the sustainability of our communities, our businesses, our environmental systems, our schools, our cultures, and our lifestyles. It draws on the strengths of our liberal arts institution and prepares students to become valuable and successful members of our society.


Interdisciplinary Studies Majors in Sustainability will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the sustainable economic view by integrating the principles of business, economics, and entrepreneurship.
  2. Demonstrate and communicate a command of the concepts associated with the sustainable social view, a way of life that supports viable human communities.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with the principles of environmental sustainability through an understanding of environmental systems as an interplay of biological, physical/chemical, and cultural dynamics with the goal of sustaining natural resources in perpetuity.
  4. Synthesize the interdisciplinary forms of sustainability into a holistic view that integrates paradigms for understanding complex human and non-human systems.
  5. Evaluate the sustainability of environmental institutions, legal frameworks, property rights, and culture.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to promoting sustainability at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

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Degree Requirements


SUST 101 Introduction to Sustainability 3
SUST 201 Social Sustainability 3
Lower Division choose in consultation with advisor Choose in consultation with advisor. Ex: SOCI 101 Sociology, ANTH 101, SUST 380 Society & Environment in the Media, ESCI 101/105 Geology and , or Geography (can be in another department) 3
ENGL/ Writing Course Choice Choose writing course with advisor: Creative Non-Fiction, Introduction to Journalism, Introduction to Multimedia Journalism, Travel and Adventure Writing, Advanced Composition Course, Special Topics 3
2 Choice Upper Division Choose upper division in consultation with advisor. Ex: ENGL 340 Journalism Workshop, ENGL 370 or 375 Intermediate Mulitmedia Communications or Workshop , ENGL 381 Language Thought and Culture, ODAL 401 Wilderness Ethics, SUST 381 Travel course. SUST 490 Internship in Sustainability, SUST 380 or 480 Special Topics 6
SUST 350 Field Work in Sustainability 3
SUST 450 Sustainability Solutions 3
Total Humanities Requirements: 24


ECON 102 Macroeconomics 3
INTL 221 or INTL 252 Political and Economic Geography or International Environmental Issues 3
MGMT 260, or MKTG 201 Principles of Management, or Introduction to Marketing 3
ENTR 301 Opportunity Recognition 3
Upper Division Choice Choose in Consultation with advisor INTL, INTB, SBRM, GBUS, MGMT, ENTP, ECON, MKTG 3
Total Business Requirements: 15


BIOL 110 Cells Inheritance, Evolution and Animal Studies 3
BIOL 207 Conservation Biology 3
ENVS 223 Natural Resource Management 3
BIOL Upper Division FIELD course One 3 unit ecology based field course to be determined in consultation with advisor such as BIOL 356, 357, 359, 386, 420 ENVS 360 or other course determined with advisor 3
ENVP 423 Environmental Planning 4
ENVS 426 Natural Resource Economics 3
Total Science Requirements: 19


INTD 250 Principles of Interdisciplinary Studies 3
INTD 300 Service Learning 3
INTD 493 Senior Portfolio 3
Total Interdisciplinary Requirements 9

* Math 251 Statistics is highly recommended for this degree

*Requirements listed above are based off the 2015-2016 Catalog, for other information check past catalogs or graduation requirements.