May 30, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sustainability (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy, Sustainability: Total 80 credit hours

Major Area Coursework


Students will select elective courses from existing graduate-level courses with approval from the student’s dissertation committee. At least 50% of the total credits must be at the 700-level or above.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will schematize the interrelationships among social, economic, environmental, and technical aspects of systems.
  2. Students will model systems across multiple spatial and temporal scales.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of worldviews, values, and perspectives other than their own.
  4. Students will create and evaluate futures scenarios.
  5. Students will critically assess quantitative information using statistical, econometric, or bioinformatic methods.
  6. Students will design interventions to enhance the sustainability of systems.
  7. Students will participate in interdisciplinary groups to accomplish shared goals.
  8. Students will create new sustainability knowledge drawn from more than one discipline.
  9. Students will propose and/or implement interventions to enhance the sustainability of systems.
  10. Students will lead interdisciplinary groups to accomplish shared goals.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization