Applied Sustainability Emphasis

Concentration/Emphasis

Immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on designing solutions to environmental problems.

Students combine the fundamentals of ecology and permaculture with social sciences and humanities as they seek solutions to complex global challenges.

We emphasize hands-on learning. Students study and practice ecological design at permaculture sites near campus, including Pacific University’s own B Street Farm, a learning lab for food production and permaculture.

Headlines

Ron Calkins at B Street farm

Mulberries, tomatoes, honey, rabbits and squash: Pacific University's B Street Farm is a food producer, a laboratory and a learning center.

Heide Island presenting

Psychology professor Heide Island spent the past 10 months on Whidbey Island north of Seattle to continue extensive research she is conducting on the behavior of river otters.

Boxer Food Share

At Pacific University, we are working hard to meet the nutritional needs of our students, many of whom are transfer students and first-generation students — both groups that are statistically at higher risk of food insecurity than their peers.