Sustainable Development majors build a foundational understanding of how the spheres of sustainability—environment, economics, and society—impact each other. Studying the breadth of these subjects allows students to develop a holistic understanding of key issues facing humanity and the environment. This understanding drives efforts to meet current sustainability needs with solutions that don’t sacrifice the future.
Courses in environmental science, sociology, public health, and economics form a foundation for advanced Sustainable Development classes. To build your experience, faculty will encourage you to obtain practical experience by working on sustainability projects on campus, in the local community, and internationally.
Sustainable Development students grow in their knowledge, skills, and motivation for sustainability by putting principles into practice. After learning core sustainable development principles through courses in environmental law, global health, geospatial analysis, microeconomics, ecology, geology, and cultural anthropology, each student chooses from a wide range of electives to put into practice aspects of sustainability, such as one of the following:
Investigate environmental aspects that affect human health. Promote healthy communities and foster better relationships between people and the environment. Classes focus on community health, epidemiology, and equity. Studies in Ecuador are available.
Students interested in working toward improving the supply of healthy food while also maintaining environmental quality can take courses in agroecology, food systems, soil science, and more. You can even travel to Malawi for your field course.
Study global water issues and resource management. Discover how hydrogeology and environmental chemistry connect to develop sustainable plans for proper water quality and distribution. A water resource field course is offered in Guatemala.
Study what sustainability looks like in an urban context through courses in ethnic and minority issues, community and urban affairs, and health.
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.
The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.
Solving sustainable food production problems has broad social, economic, and geo-political implications. One of the ways you'll begin wrestling with these issues is through working with Full Circle Gardens. Located outside Randall Environmental Center, you'll get hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture and food systems, including a chicken coop, an aquaponics system, and a worm compost table in the greenhouse. Follow our progress on Instagram @Full.Circle.Gardens.
Sustainable Development graduates live out their calling through four main categories of employment: corporate sustainability, environmental education, non-profit work in communities, and government positions to development and implement innovative policies. These fast-growing “green jobs” reflect an increased demand across industry sectors. Our students have a competitive advantage in this sphere through their hands-on skills, their cross-cultural capacity, and their intrinsic motivation based on the Biblical call to love God and love neighbors by caring for the earth.