Online Bachelor of Science in Sustainability

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Program at a Glance

  • Combine science with data analytics, policy, communication, and management to help identify environmental issues, develop sustainable practices, and implement mitigation strategies that protect our natural environment, economy, and well-being.
  • Gain a strong foundation in natural resource management while leveraging critical thinking, communication, management, and analytical skills.
  • Lead companies or organizations into a more sustainable and resilient future.
  • Prepare for a variety of career paths in corporate sustainability, including environmental management, natural resource management, politics, environmental consulting, and nonprofits.
  • Customize your degree with a concentration and electives based on your interests:
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
4 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(120 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
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Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Overview

With a growing number of urgent environmental, economic, and social challenges occurring around the world, there is an ever-increasing need for environmental awareness and sustainability. Purdue Global’s online sustainability degree provides an in-depth curriculum to prepare you for a career in this rewarding and growing field.

Professionals working in the field of sustainability are trained to identify environmental issues and develop sustainable practices. They also implement mitigation strategies that protect our natural environment, economy, human health, and well-being. In this online degree program, you’ll study concepts relevant to the sustainable use of environmental resources, and learn to evaluate environmental regulations and policy, as well as the sustainability of technology. You can also customize the degree by selecting a concentration in supply chain management and logistics or economics.

The bachelor’s degree in sustainability curriculum is focused on preparing you to:

  • Apply the major concepts, principles, and historical trends related to natural resource issues and their management, policies, and laws.
  • Apply the major concepts, principles, and methods of science, data analysis, and project management.
  • Evaluate current research in sustainability issues.
  • Integrate professional standards, ethical practices, and legal standards in the sustainability field.
  • Synthesize the impacts of human interactions with others and their environment on local and global scales.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Turn Your Bachelor’s Degree into a Master’s

When you’re ready to further your career, you may want to consider pursuing one of Purdue Global’s many online master’s degree programs.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in the bachelor’s in sustainability program explore environmental issues and sustainable practices. Students can focus on a concentration in supply chain management and logistics or economics.

You’ll learn from experienced professionals who bring real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

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Sample Courses
  • Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Environmental Policy and Management
  • Research Methodology
  • Topics in Sustainability
  • The Global Environment

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Major Credits
  • Elective Credits
  • Concentration Credits
  • Total Credits

Sustainability Concentrations

Combine your knowledge about sustainability and environmental issues, management and policy, research, communication, and social responsibility and apply it to one of four concentrations.

  • Economics

    Learn about international business development, social innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainable and resilient communities, corporate sustainability and social responsibility, and global supply chain management.

  • Environmental Science

    Develop the skills needed to promote environmental resilience, through the conservation of natural resources and reduction of climate risk. Students will also learn about the biology of pollution, the overall health of our environment, and how to conduct an environmental risk assessment.

  • Social Issues

    Modelling the three pillars of social sustainability - inclusion, empowerment, and resilience, students will learn how to communicate in a diverse society to help marginalized groups find their voice and improve overall living conditions by addressing social justice issues, and understanding what healthy, resilient, and sustainable environments and communities look like.

  • Supply Chain and Logistics

    Gain an understanding of global supply chain management and analytics, logistics and distribution management, purchasing and vendor management, and strategic warehouse management. You can also graduate with a micro-credential in supply chain management and logistics.

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for careers related to the environment, such as environmental scientists and specialists, natural sciences managers, urban and regional planners, environmental science and protection technicians, and conservation scientists, are expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2031.*

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Science
  2. Systems Analysis
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Complex Problem-Solving
  5. Judgement and Decision-Making

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 51% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
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Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Job Growth: Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Natural Sciences Managers, Urban and Regional Planners, Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, and Conservation Scientists. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.