School of Natural Sciences

Sustainability and Regeneration (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description

The Brundtland Commission (formerly, the World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987) envisioned the concept: sustainable development is development that “meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The logical components of a sustainable development strategy encompass environmental, economic, social, and political elements. This bachelor's curriculum is a truly multidisciplinary progam, based on the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic. 

Students attracted to the sustainability degree are expected to work for governments, private businesses, and special interest organizations that seek to sustain and improve both current and future conditions for life on earth. The interdisciplinary degree seeks to provide them with skills and perspectives that will serve the development of their own rewarding careers in this field.

The strengths of the BA program are:

  • Offers a holistic interdisciplinary approach.
  • Engages students in relevant civic engagement opportunities in the Southern Indiana - Louisville metropolitan region.
  • Provides an alternative program for students interested in environmental issues but less interested in scientific occupations.
  • Enhances the liberal arts experience with courses in the social sciences,
    humanities, natural sciences, and business.

 Degree Requirements 

  • General 

Complete 120 total credit hours, with at least 30 at the 300-400 (upper division) level, and a program cumulative grade point average of 2.0. 

  • General Education Requirements (30 credit hours) 

Complete the University General Education requirements. Note: Some of the course options in some categories of the General Education curriculum also fulfill specific major requirements. Please see annotations in major grid below, identifying these double-duty courses, for maximizing your degree completion efficiency. 

  •  Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements (27 credits hours)

 Complete the additional BA Distribution requirements beyond General Education.  Note: Some of the course options in some categories of the BA Distribution curriculum also fulfill specific major requirements. Please see annotations in major grid below, identifying these double-duty courses, for maximizing your degree completion efficiency. 

  • Major 
    • Breadth Requirements (9 credit hours)
Dept.  Course Number  Title 

Credit Hours   

Minimum Grade  Pre-Requisites 
MATH-A  1181 Finite Math for Social and Biological Sciences  3 MATH-M 101 
Social Sciences: Choose one
SOC-S 1632 Social Problems  3 C None 
SOC-S 2032 Sociological Concepts & Perspectives  3 C None 
Research Writing: Choose one
ENG-W  2313 Professional Writing Skills  3 C ENG-W 131 
ENG-W  2343 Technical Report Writing  3 C ENG-W 131 
ENG-W  2703 Argumentative Writing  ENG-W 131 

1Fulfills General Education Quantitative Reasoning requirement too. 

2Together fulfill both the General Education and BA Distribution Requirements in Social Sciences too. 

3Fulfills General Education Second Level Writing requirement too.


  • Primary Sustainability Courses (12 credit hours) 
Dept. Course Number  Title Credit Hours  Minimum Grade  Pre-Requisites 
SUST-S 2011 Foundations of Sustainability  3 C None
PHYS-P 1202 Energy and Technology  3 C None
PHIL-P 237 Environmental Ethics  3 C ENG-W 131
SOC-S 309 The Community  3 C 3 credits in Sociology. 

 1Substitute course SUST-S 211, Sustainabilty and Regeneration: Essentials to be introduced Fall 2018. 

2Also fulfills BA Distribution requirement in Natural Sciences. 


  • Secondary Sustainability Courses (9 credits)

Complete one course from each discipline, Environmental, Social and Economic sustainability. 

Dept. Course Number  Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade   Pre-Requisites 
Environmental Sustainability: Choose one
EDUC-Q 450 Science Technology and Society for a  Changing World  3 C None 
BIOL-L  200 Environmental Biology and Conservation  3 C None 
Social  Sustainability: Choose one
SOC-S   305 Population 3 C 3 credits in Sociology
SOC-S 308  Global Society  3 C 3 credits in Sociology
Economic Sustainability: Choose one
ECON-E 463 Environmental and Resource Economics 3 C ECON-E 201
POLS-Y 376 International Political Economy 3 C None 


  •  Specialization Area Requirements (12-13)

Choose one specialization area and complete a minimum of 9 credit hours in that
area, beyond what was taken for Secondary Sustainability area above.  Upper level (300-400 level) courses not used to fulfill the required secondary courses above may  be used to fulfill this requirement. Course list is subject to change. Please consult with academic advisor for current offerings. Check schedule of classes for necesary pre-requisites. 

Environmental Sustainability Options 

Dept.  Course Number  Title  Credit Hours  Minimum Grade 
BIOL-L  303 Field Biology  3 C
BIOL-L 343 Applied Conservation Biology  3 C
BIOL-L  473/474 Ecology (lecture+ lab) 5 C
CHEM-C  303  Environmental Chemistry  3 C
CHEM-C  305  Environmental Chemistry Seminar  1 C
CHEM-C  318 Spectrochemistry and Separations  3 C
CHEM-C  333 Experimental Environmental Chemistry  3 C
EDUC-Q  450 Science, Technology, & Society for a Changing World  3 C
GEOG-G  213 Introduction to Economic Geography  3 C
GEOG-G 315 Conservation of Natural Resouces 3 C
GEOG-G  338 Geographic Information Science  3


GEOL-G 400 Energy:Sources and Needs  3


GEOG-G 432 Current Issues in Environmental Conservation  3


GEOG-G 438 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3 C
GEOG-G  439 GIS and Envrinmental Analysis  3 C
MICR-M  420 Environmental Microbiology  5 C
PHYS-P  310 Environmental Physics  3 C


Social Sustainability Options 

Dept.  Course Number  Title  Credit Hours  Minimum Grade 
POLS-Y  303 Policy Making in the U.S  3 C
PSY-P  457 Topics in Psychology: Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Living  4 C
REL-R 371  Religion, Ethics, and the Environment 3 C
SOC-S 305  Populations 3 C
SOC-S  308  Global Society  3 C


 Economic Sustainability Options 

Dept.  Course Number  Title  Credit Hours  Minimum Grade 
ECON-E 463 Environment and Resource Economics  3 C
POLS-Y  376 International Political Economy  3 C
SOC-S  360 Topics in Social Policy  3 C
SOC-S  419 Social Movements and Collective Action  3 C
SOC-S  403 Industry, Labor, and Community  3 C

Internship Option

Students may elect a COAS-S 399 Internship as part of the specialization area. A maximum of 2 credit hours of internship credit may be applied to the specialization area; and must be pre-approved by faculty member sponsoring the internship. 

  • Senior Experience Requirements (6 credit hours) 

To begin work on Senior Experience, student must have completed all primary & secondary coursework as
well as a minimum of 5 credits of specialization courses. As part of the Senior Experience, all students must
complete one Experiential Learning Course and the Sustainability Capstone course.

Dept.  Course Number  Title  Credit Hours  Minumum Grade  Pre-Requisite 
Experiential Learning: Choose one
SUST-S  491  Internship in Sustainability  C Instructor Permission 
SUST-S  415 Research in Sustainability and Regeneration C Instructor Permission
SUST-S  410 Readings in Sustainability and Regeneration  3 C Completion of all primary and secondary courses as well as 5 credits toward specialization area. 

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