Sustainability Double Degree & Minor Requirements

The Sustainability double degree and minor are offered via the Corvallis campus, Ecampus, and the Cascades campus in Bend. There are three aspects to the double degree, which requires earning 32 credits in addition to the 180 credits required for a student's primary major:

  • Five core courses in Sustainability
  • A practicum experience
  • Elective credits

The minor in Sustainability, which requires earning 27 credits within the 180 required for a primary major, consists of 5 Sustainability Core Courses and elective courses. Practicum is not required for students earning the minor. However, if minor students want to do a Practicum, they may count these credits towards their Sustainability electives.

Many of the required courses for the Sustainability double degree and minor can also fulfill bacc core requirements as highlighted in the table below.  

Required Sustainability Core Courses (17-20 credits)
  Designator Course Title Credits Bacc Core Category 

Sustainability Core
Required of all students

SUS 304 Sustainability Assessment 4 Science, Technology, and Society
  SUS 350 Sustainable Communities 4 Contemporary Global Issues

Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability
One required from the following:

SUS 102 Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability 4 Biological Science
  BI 301 Human Impacts on Ecosystems 3 Contemporary Global Issues
  BI 306H Environmental Ecology 3 Global Issues or Writing Intensive

Social Dimensions of Sustainability
One required from the following:

SOC 381 Social Dimensions of Sustainability 4 N/A
  SOC 480 Environmental Sociology 4 Contemporary Global Issues
  SOC 481 Society and Natural Resources 4 Science, Technology, and Society
  SUS 420 Social Dimensions of Sustainability 3 N/A

Economic Dimensions of Sustainability
One required from the following:

AEC 250 Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy 3 Social Processes and Institutions
  AEC 351 Natural Resource Economics and Policy 3

Contemporary Global Issues

  AEC 352/ ECON 352

Environmental Economics and Policy


Contemporary Global Issues

  AEC 434 Measuring Resource and Environmental Impacts 4 Writing Intensive
Practicum (3-12 credits required for double degree students only)

To apply sustainability concepts, students participate in an internship, a research experience, or another type of experiential learning, which will expose them to challenging sustainability issues. Students may share some credits with an internship or research experience completed through another unit, but all students taking Practicum credits must complete assignments for Sustainability credit in consultation with the Sustainability advisor and Practicum coordinators.
The following types of credits may count as Practicum:

  • SUS 401: Research
  • SUS 410: Internship, Faculty-Led Study Abroad, or Alternative Break
  • SUS 499: Sustainability Workshop/Service Learning
Elective Courses (0-12 credits)

Students take 0-12 hours of elective courses depending on how many credits they earn through Core and Practicum. Double degree student must take enough elective credits to earn 32 total credits towards the degree while minor students need only 27 credits. 
Please check the Requirements page for the Sustainability major or minor in the OSU Course Catalog to view a list of approved electives. Students are not limited to taking courses within their primary major of study. The Sustainability Double Degree Advisor will approve courses not listed here if they have an obvious link to sustainability and fulfill the intent of the Sustainability Double Degree and the student's path of study. 

To contact Erica Elliott, the Academic Advisor for the Sustainability Double Degree Program, please email or click here to make an appointment.