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Sustainability ManagementBachelor of Science — Online

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Sustainability Management is an online program that enables students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree. Designed for transfer students, this program offers upper-division undergraduate courses, typically offered during the third and fourth years of a four-year undergraduate program.

Sustainability Management integrates discipline- and career-focused knowledge, skills, and perspectives based on the three pillars of sustainability: economics, society and the environment. Emphasis is placed upon key environmental dimensions of sustainability and their interdependence with socially and economically viable policies and practices. This program builds upon a broad and flexible foundation at the lower division, with specialized sustainability coursework at the upper division. The Sustainability Management program prepares students to be competitive for entry-level roles such as sustainability specialist or coordinator, and for mid-career advancement in an expanding range of careers in local, state, and national organizations throughout the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Primary Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the complex interactions among and between the three pillars of sustainability: the environment, the economy, and society with a focus on identifying areas of potential conflict / opportunity.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative skills appropriate to the sustainability field (e.g., energy modeling, budgeting, financial analysis, GIS, life cycle assessment, interviewing & surveying, environmental and risk communication).
  • Analyze data and develop reports and presentations relevant to sustainability and its implementation (e.g., scientific publications, policy documents, sustainability indicators, public audience presentations).
  • Work independently and collaboratively for effective and successful project and people management, communication, and to institutionalize sustainable practices.
  • Apply knowledge of principles and best practices to the analysis of real-world sustainability problems in public, private and non-profit contexts.
  • Develop solutions that balance the priorities of sustainable development, social equity and human nature interaction.

This program is designed to be completed in 2 academic years if you are enrolled on a full-time basis.


Upper Division Required Courses

Course Credits
SUS 300 Sustainable Systems Thinking: Ecology, Economics, & Society 3
SUS 310 Human & Social Dimensions of Sustainability 3
SUS 330 Introduction to Sustainability Data Analysis 3
SUS 320 Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability 3
SUS 340 Principles of Sustainable Development 3
SUS 350  Introduction to Spatial Analysis & Geographic Information Systems 3
SUS 360 Climate Change & Sustainability 3
SUS 400   Analysis of Sustainable Systems 3
SUS 410 Sustainable Urbanism 3
SUS 420   Sustainable Energy: Technology, Systems, & Policy 3
SUS 430   Managerial Economics for Sustainability 3
SUS 440 Environmental Justice: Policy, Law, & Society 3
SUS 450 Civic Engagement & Participatory Planning 3
SUS 480   Sustainability Management Capstone 3

Upper Division Elective Courses

There are 6, 3-credit upper division electives you will select in consultation with your advisor. 

Lower Division Required Courses

The Bachelor's of Science in Sustainability Management is an upper division program (i.e., the junior and senior years) that enables you to complete this degree online. Interested students should have completed the following lower division core course requirements. Students who have not completed an associate's degree or all of the required lower division requirements should consult with an ESF Admissions Office counselor to determine eligibility for admission.

Course Credits
PHYSC Physical Science Elective 3
SUST Introduction to Sustainability 3
ECOL Ecology 3 - 4
MATH College Algebra or Higher 3
STATIS Probability & Statistics 3
ECON Economics 3
COMP1 English with a focus on Writing 1 3
COMP2 English with a focus on Literature 3
PUBSP Public Speaking 3
GENEDU General Education Elective 3
GENEDU General Education Elective 3
GENEDU General Education Elective 3
SOCI Sociology 3
ELECT Free Electives 21
Total Lower Division Credits Required: 60 – 61

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