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Bachelor of Science in Sustainability

Degree Information

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and Regeneration specialize in one of the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, or economic. Compared to the Bachelor of Arts Degree, the BS requires additional coursework within the chosen specialization. Students planning to attend graduate school or desire more technical professions should consider this degree.

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 Science in Sustainability and Regeneration Requirements

Core Courses
Dept./
Course #
Title Credit
Hours
MATH-A 118 Finite Mathematics 3
choose MATH-K 300, PSY-P 341, SOC-S 380, or ECON-E 270
MATH-K 300 Statistics 3
or
PSY-P 341 Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology I 3
or
SOC-S 380  Introduction to Methods and Social Research 3
or
ECON-E 270 Applied Statistics 3
 
choose SOC-S 163, or SOC-S 203
SOC-S 163 Social Problems 3
or
SOC-S 203 Sociological Concepts and Perspectives 3
 
choose GEOG-G 338, or ECON-E 338
GEOG-G 338 GIS 3
or
ECON-E 338 Business & Economic Applications of Geographical Information Systems 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
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)

Required Associated Discipline Minor (15-20 credits)

Choose 1 minor within a discipline from the chosen specialization area. Options below. May use courses taken elsewhere in degree. Refer to bulletin for required courses.

  • Environmental Sustainability: Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Geosciences, Microbiology, Physics
  • Social Sustainability: English, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
  • Economic Sustainability: Economics, Political Science

Senior Experience

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

Campus Events

Orientation (First-Year Students)

Orientation (First-Year Students)

July 24th, 2018

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July 26th, 2018

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Classes End for Summer II Session

Classes End for Summer II Session

August 6th, 2018

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August 8th, 2018

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Orientation (Transfer Students)

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August 10th, 2018

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Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation

August 11th, 2018

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Induction Day

Induction Day

August 17th, 2018

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

2018 Champions Dinner

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August 18th, 2018

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August 20th, 2018

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