Bachelor of Science in Sustainability


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:

  1. Sustainable Environment and Science, for primary focus on environmental sciences, natural resources, and energy
  2. Sustainable Management and Organizations, for primary focus on sustainable business strategies and the triple bottom line—economic, social, environmental
  3. 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.

required course work

All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the BS in Sustainability include:

Required Core Courses: 30 units

  • Global Sustainability (U29 364)
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies (U29 209)
  • Environmental Ethics (U22 2352)
  • International Development and Sustainability (U19 344)
  • Environmental and Energy Issues (U25 3311)
  • Environmental Economics (U07 355)
  • Culture and Environment (U69 361)
  • Environmental Law: Applications toward Sustainability (U19 328)
  • Nature and the American Literary Imagination (U65 313)
  • Systems Thinking and Decision Analysis (U44 358) or Strategic Planning (U44 364)
Concentration: 15 units

15 units, including required capstone/practicum and four other authorized electives, chosen from lists of courses below, or 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.

  • Environmental Science: Regional and Global Perspectives (U29 413)
  • Ecology (U29 419)
  • Introduction to GIS (U90 200)
  • Environmental Geology and Energy (U13 107)
  • Science and Society (U16 3643)
  • Introduction to Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering (U19 146)
  • The Metropolis (U19 329)
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering (E63 262)
  • Sustainable Air Quality (E63 449)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Toxicology (E63 438)
  • Sustainability Capstone (U19 450)
  • Anthropology and Climate Change (U69 3795)
  • Sustainability as Transformative Agent in Business and Public Policy (U19 3XX)
  • Introduction to Resilience (U19 U44 3325)

Sustainable Management and Organizations

  • Contemporary Organization Development, Innovations, Sustainability (U44 375)
  • Leadership for Organizational Success (U44 305)
  • Marketing Concepts (U44 270)
  • Public Relations (U44 3501)
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management (U44 356)
  • Organizational Behavior (U87 520)
  • Accounting & Finance for Sustainable Operations (U44 3777)
  • The Metropolis (U19 329)
  • Sustainability Capstone (U19 450)
  • Introduction to Resilience (U19 325)
  • Sustainability as Transformative Agent in Business and Public Policy (U19 3XX)
  • Introduction to Resilience (U19 U44 3325)

Sustainable Communities and Development

  • Study of Cities in Metropolitan America (U19 299)
  • Planning Sustainable Communities (U19 319)
  • Introduction to Political Theory (U19 106)
  • The American City in the 19th and 20th Centuries (L22 3066)
  • Population and Society (U69 312)
  • Public Budgeting and Finance (U44 359)
  • Sustainable Development (A46 472)
  • Sustainability (A46 336A)
  • Practical Applications of Sustainable Design I (U19 362)
  • Practical Applications of Sustainable Design II (U19 363)
  • Introduction to Historic Preservation (U19 315)
  • The Metropolis (U19 329)
  • Universal Design: Process, Principles, and Application (U19 352)
  • Management of the LEED Design Process (U19 343)
  • Sustainability Capstone (U19 450)
  • Introduction to Resilience (U19 325)
  • Introduction to Public Affairs (U44 282)
  • Sustainability as Transformative Agent in Business and Public Policy (U19 3XX)
  • Introduction to Resilience (U19 U44 3325)

admissions requirements

6 units of transferrable college-level course work
  • At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or 
  • at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
2.7 minimum GPA

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.


Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted.

International Students must submit an official transcript from their school and an official evaluation of all previous college-level work.

Personal Essay

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? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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