Oct 05, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sustainability (B.A./B.S.)

Dr. Meghann Jarchow, Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
(605) 677-3115


 36 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .

The concept of sustainability encompasses a wide range of topics broadly focused around environmental conservation, economic development, and social justice issues. Its unifying core is a commitment to the development of a more desirable world, one that can be sustained over time while preserving the health of both human society and the environment.

Students majoring in Sustainability will be prepared to pursue careers in the private sector or government in the areas of sustainable practices, natural resource management, renewable energy, community planning, and non-governmental organizations focused on sustainable development or community empowerment.

USD’s Sustainability major includes a choice of two specializations, both of which are available as either a B.A. or a B.S. A minor in Sustainability is also available.

Specialization Areas

 Students must choose one of the following two specializations.

Natural Sciences Specialization (18 hours)

Select 18 hours from the following courses and 12 hours for double major (no more than four courses from any one prefix or three courses for double majors from any one prefix):


*Courses taken to fulfill requirements in the Sustainability core will not also count as electives within the specialization.
**Inclusion of SUST 491 and 492 in the specializations is subject to approval of the coordinator of the Sustainability Program to ensure suitability for natural or social sciences, respectively.


Sustainability Double Major (30 hours)

 Sustainability Double Major 

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.