Sustainable Development


Sustainable development students build a foundational understanding of how the spheres of sustainability—environment, economics, and society—impact each other. Each students chooses a concentrations that connects their passion for science with their desire to help people.

In this program, you will...

  • take courses in environmental science, sociology, public health, and economics
  • participate in at least one international field study experience
  • develop and conduct field-based experiments and research

By studying the overlap of subjects, students develop a holistic understanding of key issues facing humanity and the environment. This understanding drives efforts to meet current needs with solutions that don't sacrifice the future.

Every student chooses one of the following concentrations:

Each concentration has its own international, field-based course that enables students to see the concepts they've learned in action.

Sustainable Agriculture: Courses in agroecology, food systems, soil science, etc. Field course in Costa Rica.

Public and Environmental Health: Courses in community health, epidemiology, health and equity, etc. Field course in Ecuador.

Water Resources: Courses in geomorphology, hydrogeology, environmental chemistry, etc. Field course in Guatemala.

Every sustainable development major completes a practicum and works on a group research project for their senior capstone.

See the curriculum guide.