The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving today’s most pressing and complex environmental, economic, and social challenges. The program is built on a foundation of Arts & Sciences courses that examine sustainable living from multiple perspectives--scientific, political, economic, social, historical, philosophical, anthropological, and literary. Grounded in this integrative approach and common understanding of the issues, students then choose one of three concentrations for greater in-depth study of sustainability:
- Sustainable Environment and Science, for primary focus on environmental sciences, natural resources, and energy;
- Sustainable Management and Organizations, for primary focus on sustainable business strategies and the triple bottom line—economic, social, environmental; and
- Sustainable Communities and Development, for primary focus on designing and managing sustainable spaces in our cities and communities.
These three concentrations include selected courses from Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Architecture. The overarching goal of the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability is to provide students with knowledge and methods about sustainability, local to global, and to help improve the quality of individual lives, the productivity of institutions, and the security of our planet.
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Courses that apply to this degree program may be found by selecting "U19 Sustainability" under the Courses and Registration tab on the University College website. Requirements specific to this major include:
Required Core Courses (30 units)
|Concentration (15 units)|
15 Units, including required capstone/practicum and four other authorized electives, chosen from lists of courses below, other courses with authorization.
Sustainable Environment and Science
Students pursuing this concentration advised to take Calculus and Statistics, to count toward math/science distribution or general elective.
Sustainable Management and Organizations
Sustainable Communities and Development
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Sustainability undergraduate degree at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
- Completed application form
The application form for the Sustainability undergraduate degree is available online on the Apply page.
- Official transcripts from all previous college work
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application.
- TOEFL scores, if applicable
International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a US college or University may be accepted as documentation of English language skills.
- $35 application fee
Payment may be submitted by credit card online as part of your application, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
Certificates in Sustainability
- Certificate in Sustainable Environment and Science
- Certificate in Sustainable Management and Organizations
- Download the degree program worksheets below to help determine which classes are required for your course of study. If you have been admitted, you can check your progress through WUachieve.
- Attend an information session and learn more about the B.S. in Sustainability.
- Review degree requirements through WUachieve, our new online degree audit system.
- Apply today!
Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered through University College are not offered by the Olin Business School at Washington University and do not come under the accreditation responsibility of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). No more than 25% of course work applied to a Bachelor of Science in University College may be in business disciplines.