Sustainability Core Requirement

Sustainability is a conceptual framework, and set of practices that recognize the complexity, embeddedness, and interconnections between ecological integrity, social equity, and economic vitality; and actively works toward ethical, transdisciplinary solutions across local and global scales that advance the wellbeing of people and places now and in the future. Learn more about sustainability through the Center for a Sustainable Society.

Students can propose a 0 - 4 credit project to fulfill this requirement. There should be a good justification for a project in lieu of a course and a faculty sponsor is required. Please complete this project application form (.docx) [PDF version] and submit it to Michelle Larkins.

Students may choose to propose a project that spans two terms when appropriate to the project goals. See the form for more information about this option.

Upon completion of this requirement students will be able to:

  • evaluate sustainability issues and solutions using an approach that focuses on the intersections between complex human and natural systems.
  • describe the three aspects of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) and give examples of how at least two of the three are interrelated.
  • articulate how sustainability relates to their lives as community members, workers and individuals and how their actions impact sustainability.

Students complete a class from the courses listed below or do a project approved by the Center for Sustainability Studies.

Courses that Fulfill the Sustainability Core Requirement Credits
ARTST 107 Systems Thinking 2
ARTST 122 Studio 1 CE: The Creative Process 2-4
ARTST 201 Material Science for Makers 2
ARTST 207 Design for Sustainability 4
ARTST 222 Studio II CE: Exploration 2-4
ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Design Seminar 2-4
CHEM 460 Environmental Chemistry 2
CIV 240 Food for Thought and Action 2
CJLS 310 Green Criminology 4
ECON/ENV 255/355 Environmental Economics: Theory 2
ECON/ENV 255/355 Environmental Economics: Field 2
ENV 121 Our Global Environment 4
ENV 131 Introduction to Environmental Issues in Hawaii 2
ENV 132 Environmental Issues in Hawaii 2
ENV 141 Permaculture Science 4
ENV 200 Sustainability Science 4
ENV 204 Sustainable Use: Soil and Water 4
ENV 210 Tropical Environmental Biology 4
ENV 222/ENGL 222 Environmental Literature 4
ENV 224 Environmental Politics 4
ENV 230 Restoration Ecology 4
ENV 233 Interpersonal Sustainability Leadership 2
ENV 250 Frameworks of Sustainability 2
ENV 260 Oregon Natural History 4
ENV 312 Sustainable Agriculture in the Global Economy 2
ENV/PSY 313 Ecopyschology 4
ENV/BIOL 325 Conservation Biology 4
ENV/ECON 333 Environmental Economics 4
ENV 344 Environmental Toxicology 2
ENV 352 Gender and the Environment 4
ENV/HIST 441 Environmental History 4
HIST 155 (spring '20) Global History of Food 4
KINES 216 Hunger and the Global Environment 2
PH 320 Environmental Health 4
PHIL/ENV 321 Environmental Ethics 4
PHIL/ENV 322 Animal Ethics 4
PSY 324 Comparative Behavior 2
PSY 452 Behavioral Endocrinology 4
SINP 102 Innovation and Leadership Seminar 2
SOCWK 355 (spring '20) Environmental Justice 4