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Oregon State University now offers sustainability education via a unique double-degree format. A sustainability minor is also available. Given the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, the double-degree is tailored for students in all academic disciplines. Students are required to complete 180 credits in an OSU major (or other from another baccalaureate degree institution) and can receive a second Bachelor’s degree in sustainability by completing an additional 36 credits. Final approval from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education was granted March 1, 2012.
Students may obtain a Bachelor of Science, Sustainability after completing 36 credits of required and elective courses and a practicum, such as an internship or research project. Students may earn a Sustainability Minor after completing 27 credits of required and elective courses.
More than 41 different departments on OSU's Corvallis campus offer courses that emphasize sustainability. From environmental science to business, students in almost any major can find sustainability focused courses without departing from their degree paths. Sustainability courses are not limited to OSU's main campus, courses can also be taken through OSU's Cascades and Hatfield campuses as well as online.
The Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Weatherford Residential College is a unique living-learning environment for undergraduates offering entrepreneurship courses, hands-on experience, and the opportunity to explore business ideas. One of the four key initiatives is: Responsible, Sustainable Business Practices, exemplifying the importance of sustainability in the business plan of today's entrepreneurs.
Launched as the first undergraduate degree program of its kind, the ecological engineering degree is offered through OSU’s Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. Ecological engineers combine basic and applied science from engineering, ecology, economics, and natural sciences to design sustainable systems that will integrate human activities with the natural environment to the benefit of both.
This 18-credit online certificate is designed for all students, especially company, industry, or agency employees who desire more training in assessing and solving complex sustainability problems. Students will receive graduate-level university credits and a graduate certificate upon successful completion of the program. With approval, credits may be transferred to other graduate degree programs at OSU, and may be applied to the Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Environmental Sciences.
In 2010, OSU adopted Learning Goals for Graduates that included Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Although not embedded specifically into the language of every major, the Goals apply to all OSU graduates.
The goals include:
1. Competency and Knowledge in Multiple Fields
2. Critical Thinking
3. Pluralism and Cultural Legacies
5. Social Responsibility and Sustainability
7. Self-Awareness and Life-Long Learning
Goal 5, Social Responsibility and Sustainability, states: "As an OSU graduate, you will develop the capacity to construct an engaged, contributing life, and to engage in actions that reflect an understanding of the values of service, citizenship and social responsibility, and demonstrate global competence by understanding the interdependent nature of local and global communities."