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Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability at ASU

Information for this profile was provided by David Feary, School of Sustainability and School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a bachelors degree.

Program Design & Assessment

Overview

The School of Sustainability takes a transdisciplinary approach to addressing a broad spectrum of global challenges, including energy, materials, and technology; water quality and scarcity; international development; ecosystems; social transformations; food and food systems; and policy and governance.

Impetus

The recognition of the need to develop future leaders and scientists with transdisciplinary perspectives who can identify practical solutions to some of the most pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges of sustainability, especially as they relate to urban areas.

Program Goals

The emphasis is heavily on transdisciplinary and problem-oriented learning, to think in a holistic way about sustainability problems and to understand the concepts of sustainability, the issues involved, and the disciplines needed to address real-world problems.

Alumni Careers

Our program is designed to prepare graduates for these career paths:
The range of career paths are extremely broad, including environmental economics, sociology, anthropology, environmental politics, ethics, design, and human geography, ecology, environmental biology, hydrology, environmental chemistry, engineering, earth-systems management, etc.

Courses and Sequencing

Entry into the program

Core courses for both BA and BS majors are 'Sustainable World' and 'Sustainable Cities.'

Tracks

Students can pursue the following tracks (requires satisfactory competencies in Pre-Calculus, Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences, and a Second Language at the 202-level):

Society and Sustainability:

Policy and Governance in Sustainable Systems:
International Development and Sustainability:
Sustainable Urban Dynamics:

Core courses

Students must complete five 'challenge area' courses for a total of fifteen hours:

Electives

All students must complete at least six hours of approved electives that relate to the main track they are studying. A minimum of three of these six hours must be upper-division.

Electives include:

Capstone

All students are required to successfully complete a three-hour pre-approved applied/capstone experience. Applied/Capstone experience options include internships, workshops, research experience, or service learning.



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