Sustainability Double Degree

Undergraduate Program Fact Sheet
Sustainability Double Degree

Become a Systems Thinker

The Sustainability Program allows you to add a B.S. in Sustainability to your degree plan in any other major at OSU. Students from majors as different as Business Administration, Natural Resources, and Civil Engineering come together in the Sustainability Program to gain a better understanding of the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability issues and to hone their skills in systems thinking. As a Sustainability student, you will learn to creatively and collaboratively work towards a more equitable and sustainable future.
Grace Burks

Faces of AgSci

"I sought to engage with interdisciplinary curriculum, guaranteeing I could work with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. I also plan to work in the field of sustainable agriculture, and this double degree allowed me to expand my knowledge and networks within this realm." ~ Grace Burks

College of Agricultural Sciences

  2,618 |  
Total number of AgSci
undergraduate students
  169 |  
Number of undergraduate
students in this major
  $500K |  
In scholarships for
AgSci students
  $100M |  
In funding for AgSci
research each year

Sustainability Double Degree Degree Options

  • Sustainability Double Degree (Corvallis, Ecampus, Cascades)
  • Sustainability Minor (Corvallis, Ecampus, Cascades)

Degrees that Pay. Careers that Matter.

Job opportunities are abundant for graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or ecological sustainability. This expertise helps solve the world’s most pressing issues in the arenas of world hunger, human health, and environmental conservation. Discover how you can build a meaningful career that helps make tomorrow better.

Examples of career paths with a degree in Sustainability Double Degree include:

  • Conservation and restoration
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Policy making and regulation
  • NGO or other nonprofit
  • Education
  • Research and development
  • Marketing and media
  • Sustainable engineering
  • Consulting
  • Waste prevention and management
  • Food and agriculture

Individualized Advising

Advisors help students develop their course of study. They are the students’ link to scholarships and campus resources, advise on matters of professional development, and point students toward experiential learning and leadership opportunities that will help them be successful in their agricultural or business careers after graduation. For Sustainability Double Degree advising, contact Erica Elliott

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This is a sample schedule intended for informational purposes only. Students should consult with their OSU academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan.

Requirement Course Credits
Core SUS 200: Orientation to Sustainability 2
  SUS 304: Sustainability Assessment 4
  SUS 350: Sustainable Communities 4
  SUS 450: Sustainable Organizations 3
Ecological Dimension (choose one) SUS 102: Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability
BI 301: Human Impacts on Ecosystems
BI 360H: Environmental Ecology
Social Dimension (choose one) SOC 381: Social Dimensions of Sustainability
SOC 480: Environmental Sociology
SOC 481: Society and Natural Resources
SUS 331: Sustainability, Justice, and Engagement
SUS 420: Social Dimensions of Sustainability
Economic Dimension (choose one) AEC 250: Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy
AEC 351: Natural Resource Economics and Policy
AEC 352: Environmental Economics and Policy
Experiential Learning (choose one) SUS 410: Internship
SUS 401: Research
Electives See “popular elective” list below 1-7
Total credits   32

The B.S. in Sustainability is a Double Degree that must be paired with a B.A., B.S., or B.F.A. in a primary major. Students must complete the credits necessary for a primary major and earn 32 additional credits in Sustainability.

Sustainability students 1) take four required core classes and one class in each of the three dimensions of sustainability (ecological, social, and economic); 2) choose several electives, some of which may overlap with other parts of their degree plan; and 3) gain experience in the field of sustainability by completing an internship, research project, study abroad program, service learning project, or sustainability credential exam. Many required courses and electives also fulfill Baccalaureate Core areas.

Popular Electives:

  • AEC 253: Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics
  • ENGR 350: Sustainable Engineering
  • AEC 411: Introduction to Food Systems: Local and Global
  • FES 485: Consensus and Natural Resources
  • GEOG 300: Sustainability for the Common Good
  • GEOG 3339: Environmental Justice
  • SUS 103: Introduction to Climate Change
  • WSE 266: Hempology: The Industrial Hemp Story
  • FW 350: Endangered Species, Society, and Sustainability
  • PS 374: Sustainable Living: Practices and Policies

Primary Majors Students Often Pair with Sustainability:

College of Agricultural Sciences Agricultural Sciences; Ecological Engineering Environmental Economics and Policy; Fisheries and Wildlife
College of Business Business Administration; Interior Design; Marketing
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Environmental Sciences
College of Engineering Civil Engineering; Energy Systems Engineering
College of Forestry Natural Resources; Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership
College of Liberal Arts Anthropology; Liberal Studies; Sociology
College of Public Health and Human Sciences Human Development and Family Sciences
College of Science Zoology