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Sustainability (BSUS), BA, BS

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Pittsburg, CA, United States
Sustainability has grown from a niche field to an increasingly crucial lens through which all aspects of society are being considered. That's why Chatham University has developed four unique tracks within our Bachelor of Sustainability (BSUS) program. 


The Bachelor Degree in Sustainability from Chatham University provides students with a broad understanding of the inter-connectedness of ecological, economic, social and political systems. It introduces students to a wide range of renewable natural resources, their use and management. It combines professional competency in management skills with a strong foundation in the biophysical, social, and economic fields.

Sustainability (BA/BS) Learning Outcomes

·         Students are able to develop and explain a personal sustainability mission statement.

·         Students are able to demonstrate and model the socio-ecological determinants of complex systems.

·         Students are able to explain a holistic and integrated perspective on socio-ecological systems.

·         Students develop ethical transformative leadership practices, including creative solutions and strategies, in multiple contexts and at multiple scales.

·         Students can explain production and consumption of major material and energy resources, in multiple contexts and at multiple scales.

·         Students can explain the history and current usage(s) of the term “sustainability”, and demonstrate how it can be assessed in public, private, and not-for-profit contexts.

·         Students apply best practices for global, national, regional, interpersonal, and personal decision making, including accessing appropriate sources and types of knowledge, and strategically managing uncertainty.

·         Students explain the relationship between environmental and human wellbeing, and explain how they change over time.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    52 alternative credits

    BA: 52 credits; BS: 53 credits

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

    Courses Included:

    ·         Sustainability Science

    ·         Sustainability and Society

    ·         Global Environmental Health

    ·         Social Justice and Sustainability

    ·         Scientific Research Methods

    ·         Environmental Policy

    ·         Integrative Capstone

    ·         Basic Agroecology

    ·         Growing Sustainably Lab

    ·         Principles of Microeconomics

    ·         Media and Society

    ·         Integrative Biology

    ·         Business Statistics

    ·         American Government and Public Policy

    ·         Dynamic Earth Systems

    ·         Quantitative Ecology

    ·         Quantitative Ecology Laboratory

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

    Application requirements:

    First-year student admission is for applicants entering directly from high school, without enrolling in prior post-secondary course work (other than courses completed while attending high school).

    First-year student applicants must submit the following:

    ·         Completed application for admission

    ·         Official high school transcripts 

    ·         SAT  or ACT scores

    ·         Essay or writing sample

    ·         One or more letters of recommendation from guidance counselor or teachers. 

    Students may apply using our test optional policy and choose not to submit their standardized test scores at the time of application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37611 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    37611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37611 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburg

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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