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Sustainability Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Greenville, SC, United States
Understanding the rapidly changing relationship between humans and the planetary environment is a quintessential liberal arts question and one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Our mission at Furman University is to provide a rigorous, current, and integrated undergraduate education in Sustainability Science.
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The Sustainability Science curriculum offered by Furman University centers on three guiding questions:

  • What are the history and processes of our planet? 
  • How are humans transforming our planet?
  • How can all of humanity live well within the means of one planet?

Our programs focus on analyzing and understanding the human-planetary relationship, constantly evolving real world sustainability challenges, and searching for innovative solutions that will positively impact the environment and society. Our curriculum can be tailored to your interests and career goals and provides excellent preparation for graduate school and a wide variety of professional careers. Small classes, with fewer than 15 students, result in individualized attention in an engaged learning environment.

Furman’s location at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and proximity to Greenville provide easy access to a geologically, ecologically, and socially diverse region with ample opportunity for integrating field experiences into your education. Our philosophy of “teaching through research” provides every student the opportunity to conduct collaborative field research with our faculty.

Career Opportunities

Our flexible curriculum supports a tremendous range of graduate programs and career opportunities.

A degree in Earth and Environmental Science or Sustainability Science will prepare you for a variety of career options and graduate programs. The ability of our majors to comprehend and tackle  various social, economic, environmental, and sustainability issues makes them highly marketable and desirable.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Science
  • Principles of Sustainability Science
  • Human Systems
  • Social Systems
  • Dynamic System Modeling

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Choose an application plan
  • All students may complete and submit the Common Application online. There is a $50 application fee
  • Submit your school report
  • Submit your high school transcript - A strong college preparatory course of study is essential. At minimum, it must include four years of English, algebra I and II, geometry, three years of social studies, at least three years of natural sciences, and two years of the same foreign language
  • Participate in an Optional Interview
  • Submit standardized test scores (optional) - The Admission Committee believes that your potential for success cannot be determined solely by standardized test scores
  • Schedule an interview if you are home-schooled (only for national students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50464 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50464 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Greenville

  • 1083 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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