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Bachelor of Professional Studies in Sustainability Studies

Program Details

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Sustainability Studies degree offered by Roosevelt University is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program is based on an interdisciplinary curriculum that is environmentally focused. The Sustainability Studies program intends to equip its students with a foundation of skills and knowledge related to the study of sustainability and how it affects society, the environment, business, and the future. The goals of this program include:

  • To engage students in the important public policy concerns surrounding consumption, energy usage, and viable economic growth
  • To foster a student’s environmental literacy by using rigorous, scholarly-based research in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities
  • To explore social justice issues on a range of fronts, which includes environmental justice, resource allocation, urban development, and social equity

This program seeks to make itself a relevant and important voice and leader in the sustainability field, which has become one of the most critical social justice issues in the 21st century.

This program intends to engender its students with the ability to understand the varied dimensions of sustainability from both a local and global perspective. By the end of the program, a student should be able to be fluent in articulating how sustainability issues relate to matters of the environment, the economy, and social equity. Students should also be able to demonstrate critical thinking, writing, reading, and research skills.

The learning objectives of this program include:

  • The ability to recognize and explain the central sustainability problems of the 21st Century in areas like energy, transportation, food production, waste management, water availability, conversation, and general consumption
  • The ability to draw on a foundation of scientific, environmental, and quantitative literacy in order to understand and assess the science behind major sustainability problems, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and the threats to natural resources
  • The ability to utilize the scientific method and quantitative literacy skills to the study of natural and social ecosystems
  • To recognize the local, national, and global social justice implications of resource allocation, food production, energy consumption, and waste production

Students should also learn about the political processes and policy actors which are central to the progress in sustainability and the importance of leadership as a central component of social change and technical innovation. By the end of this program, a student should be able to apply their knowledge about sustainability to their areas of personal interest and / or work professions.

The requirements for this program include that the student must be 24 years of age when they start the program. They must complete 30 semester hours at Roosevelt University and have a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in their previous introductory courses.


Students must be 24 years of age when they start the program and must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all previous academic work.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission