Curriculum

Sustainability Double Degree

The Sustainability Double Degree prepares students to incorporate an understanding of sustainability into varied disciplinary and career pathways and to be agents of positive change in their professions and their communities.

Double Degree Requirements

Sustainability is only offered as a double degree, so all students completing their first undergraduate degree must choose a primary major in another discipline. The degree was designed to pair well with all other undergraduate degree programs. Students who pursue the Double Degree earn a B.S. in Sustainability in addition to the Bachelor’s degree they earn in a primary major. The degree is offered on the Corvallis campus, via Ecampus, and on the OSU Cascades campus in Bend.

Most primary majors require students to complete 180 credits. The Sustainability Double Degree requires students to complete an additional 32 credits in addition to 180 from the primary degree, which means Sustainability students earn two degrees for a total of 212 credits.

Students work with the Sustainability Advisor to design a degree program that supports their particular plans and interests, but all students complete a set of core requirements.

All Sustainability students take two courses—Sustainability Assessment and Sustainable Communities—in which they explore the environmental, social, and economic pillars of sustainability, learn to engage in systems thinking, examine how people are striving to create livable communities within finite ecological limits, and study methods for measuring and evaluating progress towards sustainability goals.

In addition, students choose one course from each of the three dimensions of sustainability—ecology, society, and economics. These courses offer foundational knowledge in the science of critical environmental issues, social theory as it relates to the sustainability movement, as well as environmental economics and policy.

Double degree students complete their sustainability credits by designing a Practicum experience and course of electives that supports their goals and interests.

The Practicum requirement encourages students to deepen their knowledge of sustainability concepts and gain practical experience in an area of sustainability they chose. To meet the Practicum requirement, students participate in an internship, research project, study abroad program, or service- learning project.

For detailed information on the Sustainability Double Degree curriculum, please see the OSU Course Catalog.

 

Minor Requirements

Completion of the Sustainability minor requires 27 credits (including a minimum of 12 upper-division credits) within the 180-credit minimum for graduation. Courses from a student’s major course of study will count towards minor requirements.

Students who minor in Sustainability take the same core classes as double degree students but do not complete a Practicum.

For detailed information on the Sustainability minor curriculum, please see the OSU Course Catalog.

 

Post-Baccalaureate Degree

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree can apply to earn a post-baccalaureate degree in Sustainability. Post-bacc students do not need to choose a primary major and can pursue Sustainability as a primary major.

OSU graduates who have completed their first undergraduate degree at OSU must earn 32 credits towards the Sustainability major. Courses from the student’s first degree can be used towards their subsequent Sustainability B.S.

Post-bacc students who have earned their prior degree at an institution other than OSU must earn 32 credits towards the Sustainability major as well as a total of 45 credits at OSU to meet residency requirements.