Sustainability Double Degree & Minor Requirements

There are three aspects to the Sustainability Double Degree, which requires earning 36 credits in addition to the 180 credits required for student's primary major: 5 Sustainability Core Courses, a Practicum experience, and elective credits. The Sustainability Minor, which requires earning 27 credits within the 180 required for primary major, consists of the 5 Sustainability Core Courses and elective courses; no Practicum is required. If Minor students want to do a Practicum, they may count these credits towards their Sustainability electives.

Required Sustainability Core Courses (17-20)

Students take a sustainability "core" consisting of 5 courses.

All Sustainability Students must take (8):
SUS 304. *Sustainability Assessment (4)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)

Courses that satisfy the Social Dimensions of Sustainability requirement (3–4):

SUS 420. Social Dimensions of Sustainability (3) (Cascades Campus Only)
   or SOC 480. *Environmental Sociology (4)
   or SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (4)
   or SOC/ANS/FES/FW 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)

Courses that satisfy the Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability requirement (3–4):
SUS 330. Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability (3)
   or BI 306. *^Environmental Ecology (3)
   or SUS/SOIL 102. *Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability (4)

Courses that satisfy Economic Dimensions of Sustainability requirement(3–4):
AEC/AREC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
   or AEC/AREC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
   or AEC/AREC 434. ^Measuring Resource and Environmental Impacts (4)

Practicum (3-12)

To apply sustainability concepts, students participate in either an internship or research experience, which will expose them to challenging sustainability issues.

SUS 401. Research (3–12)
   or SUS 410. Internship (3–12)
   or SUS 499. Sustainable Workshop/Service Learning/Special Topics (3–12)

Note: SUS 410. Credits may be achieved by participation in an IE3 Global Internship with advisor approval.

Elective Courses (4-16)

Students take 16 hours of elective courses to further their sustainability education. While we have a list of recommended courses, we are willing to work with students to make each degree individualized and practical. The distribution of course hours is flexible; a student could take 4 4-hour science courses with lab, or 6 3 hour courses without lab, or a mix of the two. We suggest that students use the degree checklist below to guide their search for electives, while also being aware of new courses being offered per term through emails from various departments.

Credits total=36

Classes that can be used to fulfill remaining requirements are listed below. Students are NOT limited to taking courses within their primary major of study. The sustainability advisor(s) will approve courses not listed here if they have an obvious link to sustainability and fulfill the intent of the double degree. See the OSU Sustainability Office list of sustainability-related courses.

Business

AREC/AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AREC/AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
AREC/AEC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AREC/AEC 434. ^Measuring Resource and Environmental Impacts (4)
BA 302. Business Process Management (4)
BA 351. Managing Organizations (4)
BA 352. Managing Individual and Team Performance (4)
BA 362. Social Entrepreneurship and Social Initiatives (4)
BA 465. *Systems Thinking and Practice (4)
BA 466. Integrative Strategic Experience (4)
ECON 202. *Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
ECON 311. Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (4)
MGMT 452. Leadership (4)

Engineering

BEE 221. Fundamentals of Ecological Engineering (3)
BEE 320. Biosystems Analysis and Modeling (4)
BEE 322. Ecological Engineering Thermodynamics and Transfer Process (4)
CCE 422. Green Building Materials (3)
CHE 450. Conventional and Alternative Energy Systems (3)
CHE 451. Solar Energy Technologies (3)
ECE 438. Electric and Hybrid Vehicles (4)
ENGR 350. *Sustainable Engineering (3)
ENVE 321. Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (4)
ME 312/NE 312. Thermodynamics (4)

Natural Sciences

ANS/FES/FW/SOC 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
ATS 320. *The Changing Climate (3)
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
BI 306. *^Environmental Ecology (3)
BI 348. *Human Ecology (3)
BI 349. *Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences and Conservation (3)
BI 370. Ecology (3)
BI/FES/TOX/MCB 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
CH 374. *Technology, Energy, and Risk (3)
CH 390. Environmental Chemistry (3)
FES 341. Forest Ecology (3)
FES 355. Management for Multiple Resource Values (3)
FES 360. Collaboration and Conflict Management (3)
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (3) Ecampus or Cascades campus only
FES/FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES/HORT 455. Urban Forest Planning, Policy and Management (4) Ecampus only
FOR 462. Natural Resource Policy and Law (3)
FW 251. Principles of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (3)
FW 303. Survey of Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resource (3)
FW 321. Applied Community and Ecosystem Ecology (3)
FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (3)
FW 326. Integrated Watershed Management (3)
FW 340. *Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources (3)
FW 350. *Endangered Species, Society, and Sustainability (3)
FW 435. ^Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
FW 488. Problem Solving in Fisheries and Wildlife Science (3)
FW 489. Effective Communications in Fisheries and Wildlife Science (3)
GEO 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEO 306. *Minerals, Energy, Water, and the Environment (3)
GEO 309. *Environmental Justice (3)
GEO 324. Geography of Life: Species Distributions and Conservation (4)
GEO 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
GEO 350. *Population Geography (3)
GEO 365. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)
GEO 420. Geography of Resource Use (3)
GEO 423. Land Use in the American West (3)
GEO 424. International Water Resources Management (3)
GEO 426. Development and Global Resources (3)
GEO 451. Environmental Site Planning (3)
GEO 452. Principles and Practices of Rural and Resource Planning (3)
GEO 453. Resource Evaluation Methods/EIS (3)
PH 313. *Energy Alternatives (3)
SOIL/GEO 335. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
SOIL 475. Soil Resource Potentials (4)
SOIL 499. ST/Gene Modified Organisms and Sustainable Agriculture (1–16)
SOIL 499. ST/Organic Farming (1–16)
   or HORT 260. Organic Farming and Gardening (3)

Social Sciences/Humanities

AEC/AREC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC/AREC 253. *Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics (4)
AEC/AREC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
AEC/AREC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC/AREC 434. ^Measuring Resource and Environmental Impacts (4)
ANS/FES/FW/SOC 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
ANTH 481. *Natural Resources and Community Values (3)
COMM 408. Workshop (3)
COMM 440. Theories of Conflict and Conflict Management (3)
COMM 442. Bargaining and Negotiation Processes (3)
ENG 482. Studies in American Literature, Culture and the Environment (4)
PHL 325. *Scientific Reasoning (4)
PHL 390. Moral Theories (3)
PHL 439. Philosophy of Nature (3)
PHL 440. Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)
PS 331. State and Local Government and Politics (4)
PS 370. *Science, Religion, and Politics (4)
PS 449. ^Topics in Comparative Politics (4)
PS 461. Environmental Political Theory (4)
PS 475. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
SOC 360. *Population Trends and Policy (4)
SOC 480. *Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (4)

Footnotes:

* Bacc Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

This information is also available in the OSU Course Catalog