Sustainability Double Degree

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Our changing world has presented challenges that future leaders in all sectors will be called upon to address. Business, government, community, and nonprofit leaders will need to be prepared to face global and local problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, social inequities, water and food scarcity. A growing demand for socially and environmentally responsible products and services demands that the next generation of leaders is prepared to take on such challenges. The Sustainability double degree provides students with a rich interdisciplinary curriculum exploring sustainability issues in the world today and fosters the knowledge, skills and abilities to address complex sustainability issues in communities and workplaces.

Students obtain a Bachelor of Science, Sustainability after completing 36 credits of required and elective courses and a practicum, such as an internship or research project. In step with the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, the degree was designed to complement all OSU degree programs and is to be earned as a second Bachelor’s degree in addition to a major area of study. Students are finding that the additional credit hours of the degree can be easily incorporated into their desired academic timeline. We work with each student and their primary advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are met in a timely manner.

Some benefits of the Sustainability double degree include:

  • Courses are available on all OSU campuses; Corvallis, Cascades and Ecampus;
  • Students gain valuable knowledge of multiple perspectives, frameworks and tools to use to transition to a more sustainable world;
  • Students obtain experience applying sustainability concepts and frameworks in a community project;
  • Advising support to design a Sustainability degree that is tailored to your interests and passion.

Energy and Sustainability News

OSU named a “top green school” by Princeton Review

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Apr 17, 2015
Oregon State University was ranked number 38 of “50 Top Green Schools” in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.… Read full story.

“Beyond Earth Day” celebrations begin at OSU

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Apr 17, 2015
Oregon State University is expanding this year’s Earth Day celebration into 11 days of festivities.… Read full story.

OSU receives Gold designation for sustainability

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Sep 12, 2014
Oregon State University has again received a “Gold” designation from STARS, the second highest rating a university can receive.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Technology using microwave heating may impact electronics manufacture

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Jun 10, 2014
OSU engineers have merged a microwave heating system with a continuous flow reactor to produce technology that may dramatically affect the electronics industry.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

OSU solar projects provide cost savings, reduce carbon emissions

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May 7, 2014
Oregon State University this spring has brought the largest of its ground-mounted solar arrays online as part of the Oregon University System’s “Solar by Degrees” program.… Read full story.

Ecologue Sustainability Blog

SSI Research Grant “Food Insecurity” by Juliet Sutton

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Apr 16, 2015

“In coping with food insecurity, students often purchase lower quality and less healthy foods than they would like. Essentially all students expressed the desire to eat healthy foods, but were blocked from doing so mostly because of cost and sometimes because of a lack of transportation or cooking equipment. Many mentioned organic and environmentally responsible […]

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Beyond Earth Day Begins This Saturday, April 18th!

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Apr 15, 2015

Get ready everyone, Beyond Earth Day is almost here! OSU has celebrated Earth Day since 1970 and we are still going strong! Starting this Saturday, April 18th, there will be ten days of fun and engaging events that involve the interconnectedness between people and the planet. From a sunset trail run to an All Species Masquerade, […]

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Waste Watchers Spotlight: Shannon Ritz

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Apr 14, 2015

Name: Shannon Ritz Title/Nickname: “Shannanigans” Degree: Fisheries & Wildlife Science Year in School: Freshman When did you start volunteering with the Waste Watchers? I began volunteering at the beginning of Fall term. What has been your favorite project or event that the Waste Watchers have been involved in? My favorite project has been the Repair Fairs. What keeps […]

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Sneak peek into Beyond Earth Day 2015

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Apr 10, 2015

Fourty-five years ago, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson helped drive communities across the U.S.  to organize teach-ins for the environment on April 22, 1970 – the first Earth Day. Right here on our campus, OSU students put together a series of events, participating in this landmark date. While Earth Day-related festivities have not occurred every year […]

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Congrats Beavers! We’re recycling champs

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Apr 8, 2015

It was a close one, but OSU won the RecycleMania Civil War against the University of Oregon! This win comes after two consecutive years of losses. The annual competition pit us against UO to see which university could recycle the most over 8-weeks. OSU ended this year’s competition with 11.9 to 11.8 – only 0.07 […]

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