Center for Sustainability Studies

The Center for Sustainability Studies works at the intersection of people, cultures, and systems of social organization within the context of the physical world. The School takes an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to critically analyze the geographical, historical, physical, and social consequences of processes and change. With undergraduate and graduate coursework in the natural sciences, social sciences, statistics, and GIS, students receive a rich, holistic, education –moving beyond disciplinary borders while honing marketable skills in a specific major or minor. Our programs include:

  • MAJORS
    • B.S. Economics
    • B.S. Environmental Studies
    • B.S. Geography
    • B.A. Global Studies
    • B.S. Policy and Planning
    • B.A.S. Natural Resource Management and Sustainability
  • MINORS
    • Economics
    • Environmental Studies
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Sustainability
  • MASTERS
    • M.S. Environmental Studies

Academic Programs

Economics

Economics is the social science that explores the problem of relative scarcity and its implications for problems of resource allocation, economic stability, growth and distribution. Applied fields, including labor relations, financial economics, international economics and environmental economics, focus on specific aspects of these broad concerns. In the applied areas, students become cognizant of the interaction between economics and related disciplines.

Learn more about our Economics Major and Minor.

Environmental Studies

Environmental scientists work toward defining and solving environmental problems caused by the actions of human beings. Their training is broad-based and encompasses the natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences. Their primary ethical concern is human stewardship of the earth. The Environmental Studies Program is one of the most comprehensive, high quality, longest running programs in the Midwest.

Geography

We offer a BA or a BS in Geography as well as a BAS in Wilderness Management for transfer students from Vermilion Community College (this degree is not available to non-Vermilion transfer students).

Double Majors in Geography with other fields of study offers a nice complement of skills when entering the work force or graduate school. We also offer Minors in both Geography and Geographical Information Systems.

Geology

The minor in geology can be coupled with a strong science major as valuable preparation for graduate study in geology and related areas. A graduate degree is usually required for career advancement beyond entry level positions.