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.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Class number may be less for transfer students.
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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.

First comprehensive degree-granting program of its kind in the country:

  • Study at the nation’s #1 school of sustainability
  • Create a degree tailored to your sustainability interest
  • Cutting-edge sustainability research
  • #1 university in the U.S. for innovation
  • #2 online undergraduate degree programs in the nation
  • #5 in the nation for producing the best-qualified graduates


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ASU’s School of Sustainability spans a multitude of expertise among faculty members who are training tomorrow’s leaders to address real-world challenges. Faculty members cover a vast set of disciplines including:

  • Business and policy
  • Renewable energy
  • Environmental science

Additionally, the school’s faculty members have been placed in the Popular Science “Brilliant 10”, members of the National Academy of Sciences and earned recognitions as a U.N. “Champion of the Earth”.

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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:

Example Careers

Graduates of the sustainability program are well-qualified for the following career opportunities in:

  • Consultancy
  • Energy management
  • Government
  • Nonprofit
  • Intergovernmental agencies
  • International development


Applicants to the School of Sustainability must meet the following requirements.

Freshman applicants must meet the following standards:

Have a minimum high school ABOR GPA of 3.0 AND

  • Rank in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class OR
  • An SAT combined score of 1040 or higher (if taken prior to March 2016) or 1120 or higher (if taken in or after March 2016) OR
  • An ACT combined score of 22 or higher

Transfer students (with 12 or more transfer hours after high school graduation) are required to have a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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