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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.
Career possibilities in the sustainability field are both exciting and rewarding:
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.