Sustainability Studies

The advising track in Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary individualized study plan that combines the Liberal Studies core courses with elective courses in sustainability issues and skills useful to professionals in the field of sustainability. Elective courses are selected from at least two of the three areas of Liberal Studies: the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students will also participate in the Interdisciplinary Thematic Research Seminar (LBST 482) or complete a an independent study project (499) in interdisciplinary sustainability studies.

Students who follow a Sustainability Studies Thematic Plan might choose to focus on scientific approaches to sustainability, leadership in government, non-profit or for-profit businesses concerned with sustainable planning, or creative contributions to the sustainability movement such as documentary film making.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education lists over 25 Masters programs in Sustainability and related studies. Job growth in “green” industries is forecasted to continue growing rapidly for at least the next 30 years.

For more information contact Professor April Bullock at .

Required Courses:

Liberal Studies Core Courses (30 units)

Interdisciplinary Thematic Research Seminar (LBST 482) or 
Independent Study (499) in Sustainability Studies (3 units)

Elective Courses in Sustainability Studies (18 units)

An advisor will help you select from a wide range of courses outside the Liberal Studies department that are suitable for your study plan.  A few examples of possible courses:  

Social Sciences (Choose at least two courses):

AMST 395 California Cultures
AMST 444 The Built Environment
AMST 404 Americans and Nature
ANTH 315 Culture and Nutrition
ANTH/BIOL 322 Human Behavioral Ecology
ECON 462 Natural Resources Economics
COMM 447 Tourism and Travel
GEOG 329 Cities and Nature
GEOG 330 California
GEOG 333 Latin America
GEOG 350 Nature and Society
GEOG 352 The National Parks
GEOG 370 Cities and Suburbs
GEOG 422 Global Climate Change
GEOG 452 Ecotourism
GEOG 478 Urban Planning Principles
GEOG 481 Geographic Information Systems: Introduction
GEOG 486 Environmental Remote Sensing
LBST 310 The California Experience
POSC 322 Leadership for Public Service
POSC 421 Government and the Economy
POSC 446 Corruption, Ethics and Public Policy
PSYC 350 Environmental Psychology
SOC 361 Population and the Environment

Natural Sciences (Choose at least two courses)

BIOL 300 Environmental Biology
BIOL 301 Problems in Environmental Biology
BIOL 314 Population and Community Ecology
BIOL 318 Wildlife Conservation
BIOL 317 Field Marine Biology
BIOL 319 Marine Biology
BIOL 412 Principles of Gene Manipulation
BIOL 443 Plant Ecology
CHEM 313 A/B/C Environmental Pollution and Its Solutions: Air/Water/Land
CHEM 436 Atmospheric Chemistry
CHEM 437 Environmental Water Chemistry
CHEM 438 Environmental Biochemistry
EGCE 441 Environmental Engineering
GEOL 310T Topics in California-Related Geology 

 Arts and Humanities (Choose at least one course)

ART 337 Animal and Wildlife Drawing
ENGL 326 The American Frontier in Literature
ENGL 360 Scientific and Technical Writing
ENGL 429 American Landscape in Literature
PHIL 313 Environmental Ethics
RTVF Documentary Film and TV