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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.
Sustainable Agroforestry Minor (within Natural Resources major)
Renewable Materials Minor
OSU offers offer several sustainability-focused graduate degree programs, majors, and minors. Some of them are listed below.
Biological and Ecological Engineering
Master of Natural Resources
Sustainable Forest Management Minor
Sustainable Natural Resources Graduate Certificate
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."