Bachelor of Science in Sustainability

Description and Outcomes

This interdisciplinary program in sustainability addresses challenges and opportunities around the world. The degree plan is designed to equip you with multiple critical thinking and communication skills to make you competitive in an evolving global job market. A diversified science background will help you identify environmental issues, develop sustainable practices, and implement mitigation strategies to solve real-world problems for a more resilient planet. Topics related to social and environmental justice, energy use, conservation, pollution reduction, and management will equip you with the tools needed to address pressing environmental challenges. The degree will provide you with the necessary tools and skills to communicate new ideas across various sectors. The curriculum was designed to provide career opportunities in multiple fields including environmental resource management, health care, politics, civil rights advocacy, environmental consulting, non-profit, corporate sustainability, among many others.


You will personalize your degree by focusing electives on a particular concentration. 

Program Length

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.

Program Outcomes

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  1. Knowledge Base: Apply the major concepts, principles, and historical trends related to natural resource issues and their management, policies, and laws.
  2. Application: Apply the major concepts, principles, and methods of science, data analysis, and project management. 
  3. Research Methods: Evaluate current research in sustainability issues.
  4. Standards and Values: Integrate professional standards, ethical practices, and legal standards in the sustainability field.
  5. Global Awareness: Synthesize the impacts of human interactions with others and their environment on local and global scales.

General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies

In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the General Education and Professional Competency Requirements section of this Catalog.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.

This program is subject to minimum enrollments. If minimum enrollments are not met, you will be asked to enroll in a subsequent term.


Please refer to school-specific policies and the Policy Information section for general Purdue Global policies.

Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation. Prospective and current students must review Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications site to view program and state-specific licensure information.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, and meeting other certification requirements.