Online Bachelor of Science in Sustainability

The online Bachelor of Science in Sustainability at ASU will provide you with the skills to rethink and reinvent a world at risk and learn to create knowledge and solutions that will shape the quality of life for future generations.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

Details

This program explores the technical as well as social and human aspects of sustainability in the global, regional, and local context of real-world issues. You will look at ways to solve challenges of sustainability related to the environment, economy and society and gain skills through experiential learning, research, community engagement, study abroad and leadership development.

Disciplinary perspectives included in the core courses of the degree tracks include ecology, engineering, environmental economics, environmental science, conservation biology, hydrology, physical geography, earth-systems management and other disciplines relevant to the sustainability of environmental resources and social institutions.

The Sustainability curriculum trains you to think in terms of complex adaptive systems and resilience; management of tradeoffs; stakeholder engagement; future visioning and scenario typologies for transitioning social-ecological systems; interconnections and cascading effects between scales; and other cutting-edge frameworks to address sustainability challenges. Students in the BS select from one of the three following tracks:

  • economics of sustainability
  • sustainable ecosystems
  • sustainable energy, materials and technology

As a graduate in sustainability, you will not only gain an understanding of a growing and increasingly critical field but you will develop strong problem-solving, systems-thinking, stakeholder engagement and future scenario-building skills, and be prepared for the changing world. With the growing interest in sustainability within government and business sectors, you’ll be prepared for a range of career options, including consultancy, intergovernmental organizations, international development, management, policy-making and utilities.

Featured courses


SOS 310: Equity, Justice and Sustainability


SOS 220: Systems Thinking


SOS 232: Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice


SOS 231: Careers in Sustainability


SOS 111: Sustainable Cities ((HU or SB) & G)


SOS 110: Sustainable World (SB)


SOS 498: Pro-Seminar (L)


SOS 484: Capstone: Internship


Related careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Sustainability degree have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Climate Change Analyst


Growth: 11.1 %
Salary: $69,400

Compliance Manager


Growth: 8 %
Salary: $105,610

Environmental Economist


Growth: 6.3 %
Salary: $102,490

Environmental Restoration Planner


Growth: 11.1 %
Salary: $69,400

Environmental Specialist


Growth: 12.1 %
Salary: $45,490

Market Research Analyst


Growth: 23.2 %
Salary: $63,230

Operations Manager


Growth: 6.9 %
Salary: $74,590

Park Ranger


Growth: 6.3 %
Salary: $61,480

Sustainability Specialist


Growth: 8.8 %
Salary: $70,010

Prestigious faculty

ASU’s School of Sustainability recruits faculty from the finest minds and practitioners in sustainability science, business, governance and mission-driven organizations.

They cover a vast array of disciplines, such as business and policy, renewable energy and environmental science. Through use-inspired research, our faculty strives to make our world more sustainable.

Prestigious faculty

ASU’s School of Sustainability recruits faculty from the finest minds and practitioners in sustainability science, business, governance and mission-driven organizations.

They cover a vast array of disciplines, such as business and policy, renewable energy and environmental science. Through use-inspired research, our faculty strives to make our world more sustainable.

Admission requirements

I am a future
You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Study at the nation’s first School of Sustainability

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. We’ve also received accolades from other prestigious organizations, showcasing our commitment to excellence across all disciplines.

Top 10


Coolest Schools by Sierra Club for campus sustainability.

#1


in innovation for 5 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

Top 10%


Best Global Universities.

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