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Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability

Degree Information

The Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and Regeneration program introduces students to the concepts of sustainability and regeneration, and how these concepts relate to and impact the world around us. This program focuses on the interaction of environmental, economic, and social systems, as it pertains to a global society.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Biology Residency Requirements

The Department of Biology enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

General Education Core Requirements

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated in the General Education Core, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the following BA Distribution Requirements. There is no limit to the number of hours a student may take in any one discipline. In some rare instances, it is possible to "double dip" BA Distribution courses with some General Education Core courses and major courses. When "double dipping," the minimum grade required is the higher of the two. The additional distribution requirements are as follows:

  • Additional Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Ethical Reasoning/Diversity requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the Ethical Reasoning/Diversity. One course must be in Ethical Reasoning and one course must be in Diversity. (May not "double dip" with the General Education Core Ethical Reasoning/Diversity Requirement, the BA Distribution Historical Investigation Requirement, or the BA Distribution Social & Behavioral Science Requirement.) Refer to BA Distribution Required Course List.
  • Additional Natural Science (3 credits)
    In addition to the five credit hours (lecture + lab) required for the campus General Education Natural Science requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 8 credit hours in the natural sciences. One course must be in the life sciences and one course must be in the physical sciences. Covered by major with CHEM-C 101 or CHEM-C 105.
  • Additional Social Science (3 credits)
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Social Science requirement, choose one additional course in any discipline for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the social/behavioral sciences. (May not "double dip" with General Education Core Social & Behavioral Science or the BA Distribution Historical Investigation requirement.) Refer to BA Distribution Required Course List.
  • Historical Investigation (6 credits)
    Two courses in Historical Investigation. (May not “double dip” with the additional Social & Behavioral Science for the BA Distribution requirements.) Refer to BA Distribution Required Course List.
  • Foreign Language (4 semesters)
    All BA degree candidates must satisfactorily complete (D- or higher) four semesters of a single foreign language, or they must earn an achievement examination or placement test score sufficient for placement in foreign language classes at the 300 level or above. FREN-F 100, GER-G 100, SPAN-S 100, EALC-J 100 (4 credits); F 150, G 150, S 150, J 102 (3 credits); F 200, G 200, S 200, J 201 (3 credits); F 250, G 250, S 250, J 202 (3 credits).

Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and Regeneration Major Requirements

All courses require a grade of C or higher.

Core Courses
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
MATH-A 118 Finite Mathematics 3
choose SOC-S 163 or SOC-S 203
SOC-S 163 Social Problems 3
or
SOC-S 203 Sociological Concepts and Perspectives 3
 
ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing 3
SUST-S 211 Sustainability and Regeneration 3
PHYS-P 120 Energy & Technology 3
PHIL-P 237 Environmental Ethics 3
SOC-S 309 The Community 3

Secondary Sustainability Courses

Complete one course from each discipline.

Environmental Sustainability (Choose One)
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
EDUC-Q 450-/550 Science Technology & Society in a Changing World 3
BIOL-L 200 Environmental Biology 3
Social Sustainability (Choose One)
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
SOC-S 305 Population & Human Ecology 3
SOC-S 308 Global Society 3
PSY-P 488 Environmental Society & Sustainable Living 3
Economic Sustainability (Choose One)
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
ECON-E 363 Environment & Natural Resources 3
POLS-Y 376 International Political Economy 3

Specialization Area

Choose one area of specialization (Environmental, Social or Economic Sustainability), Upper-level courses not used to fulfill the Secondary Sustainability courses can also be used to fulfill this requirement.

Environmental Sustainability
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
BIOL-L 303 Field Biology 3
BIOL-L 343 Conservation 5
BIOL-L 473/474 Ecology 5
CHEM-C 303 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM-C 305 Environmental Chemistry Seminar 1
CHEM-C 318 Spectrochemistry and Sep. 3
CHEM-C 333 Environmental Chemistry 2
EDUC-Q 450 Science, Technology & Society in a Changing World 3
GEOG-G 250 Water & Environmental Issues 3
GEOG-G 307 Biogeography 3
GEOG-G 315 Environmental Conservation 3
GEOG-G 316 Economic Geography 3
GEOG-G 320 Population Geography 3
GEOG-G 432 Current Issues in Environmental Conservation 3
GEOG-G 338 GIS 3
GEOG-G 438 Advanced GIS
GEOG-G 439 Seminar in GIS 3
GEOG-G 400 Energy: Sources & Needs 3
GEOG-G 424 GIS: Applications in Geology 3
MICR-M 420 Environmental Microbiology 6
PHYS-P 310 Environmental Physics 3
Social Sustainability
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
HIST-F 350 Environment in Latin American History 3
HIST-F 360 Natural Disasters in Latin American History 3
POLS-Y 303 Formation of Public Policy 3
SUST-S 361 Sustainability Abroad 3
REL-R 371 Religion, Ethics & The Environment 3
SOC-R 463 Inequality & Society 3
SOC-S 305 Populations & Human Ecology 3
SOC-S 308 Global Society 3
Economic Sustainability
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
ECON-E 363 Environment & Natural Resources 3
POLS-Y 376 International Political Economy 3
SOC-S 360 Topics in Social Policy 3
SOC-S 419 Social Movements & Collective Action 3
SOC-S 403 Industry, Labor & Community 3
Internship
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
COAS-S 399 Internship 2 (maximum)

Senior Experience (6 credits)

Must have completed all primary and secondary coursework and 5 credits of specialization courses. The coursework must be directed towards the area of specialization.

Experimental Learning (Choose One)
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
SUST-S 491 Internship in Sustainability 3
SUST-S 415 Research in Sustainability 3
Sustainability Capstone (Required)
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
SUST-S 410 Readings in Sustainability 3