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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 32 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 32 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.
OSU offers offer many sustainability-focused undergraduate level programs. The programs below are just a sample!
Food Science and Sustainable Technologies Major
From post-harvest to post-consumption, our food manufacturing systems are complex. It follows that the challenges and opportunities to change these systems to be sustainable are also complex. Food Science is the application of science and engineering principles to the design, analysis, processing, packaging, production, preparation, evaluation and storage of foods, food ingredients, and beverages. OSU Food Science & Technology believes it has the responsibility and the opportunity to be a leader in evolving our food systems to better incorporate sustainable practices and technologies. Join us in crafting the sustainable future of food.
Ecological Engineering Major
Environmental Science Major
Natural Resources Major
Environmental and Occupational Health Minor | Accelerated MPH Program
Renewable Materials Minor
Sustainable Agroforestry Minor (within Natural Resources major)
OSU offers offer several sustainability-focused graduate level programs. Some of them are listed below.
Biological and Ecological Engineering
Environmental Science Graduate Program
Master of Natural Resources
Sustainable Forest Management Minor
Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate
Sustainable Natural Resources Graduate Certificate