Sustainability is a double degree offered in addition to a primary degree.
Sustainability is the philosophy that increasingly drives global business, organization and politics. Our changing world has presented challenges that future leaders will be called on to address, including climate change, reliance on traditional energy sources, water issues and a growing demand for socially and environmentally responsible products and services.
The sustainability double degree from OSU–Cascades exposes students to these real-world problems and fosters knowledge, skills and abilities to address them in communities and workplaces. In step with the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, the degree was designed to complement all OSU degree programs and to be earned as a second bachelor’s degree in addition to a major area of study.
Graduates emerge prepared to communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and apply knowledge of economic, business, scientific, and sociological principles of sustainability to a variety of career fields.
Careers in Sustainability
Career possibilities in the sustainability field are both exciting and rewarding:
Carbon and greenhouse gas management
Sustainability operations for private companies, universities and government entities
Sustainability marketing and market research
Sustainability and engineering manager
Sustainability/environmental performance assessment and monitoring
Sustainability specialist for waste, energy or water management
Sustainability strategic planning
Sustainable supply chain management
Sustainable packaging design and management
Sustainability coordinator for school districts, hospitals and for-profit organizations
Program Admissions Requirements
Students will be accepted into the double-degree program if they have completed sustainability core prerequisite course, EC 201 Microeconomics, and maintain a minimum institutional GPA of 2.5.
Earning a sustainability double degree begins with choosing a primary degree program major. Students are required to complete 180 credits in an OSU major and can receive a second bachelor’s degree in Sustainability by completing an additional 36 credits. Start with a 17-credit core to learn the fundamentals of sustainability from social, ecological, and economic perspectives. Then select 16 additional credits to create an individualized course of study based on major and interests.
Courses for the sustainability core focus on assessment techniques, ecological dimensions of human societies, sustainable economic techniques and social principles of sustainable development. Individualized curricular areas apply sustainability principles and practices to engineering, business administration, natural resource management, humanities, hospitality management, and natural resource policy and law. Students work in conjunction with the sustainability degree advisor to tailor the degree to their desired goals and outcomes.