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BS in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability The Ohio State University



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The environment, economy, development and sustainability (EEDS) major is a multi-disciplinary major that focuses on the economic, business and social dimensions of sustainability. This cutting-edge major provides the core knowledge and skills students need to launch a career in sustainability in the private, public or non-profit sectors.


All EEDS students take an integrated set of course work in environmental economics, business management, environmental sociology, community and international development, ecological engineering and environmental sciences. Students build on this foundation by choosing to specialize in one of four areas:

  1. Sustainability and business: Study how and why businesses are moving to a sustainability management approach and learn the tools needed to assess, manage and lead sustainability in a business context.
  2. Environmental economics and policy analysis: Study how to measure and enhance the benefits of ecosystem services and learn how to design and evaluate policies that address environmental problems by accounting for the natural science and social dimensions of economic activity.
  3. Community development: Study the theories and processes of community planning, local economies and social change. Learn the skills needed to implement positive social, economic and environmental change while taking a holistic community approach and encouraging citizen engagement.
  4. International development: Study the theory and practice of sustainable development in an international setting and learn how to reduce long-term poverty by developing approaches that promote improved, secure and sustainable livelihood strategies for those whose basic survival depends directly on the natural environment.

All EEDS students take a project-based capstone course in which they develop and pitch their own sustainability project and receive feedback from outside experts in the field.

Possible careers

Sustainability is a rapidly growing area that requires knowledge and skills that have both depth and breadth. Focusing on the economic, business and social dimensions of sustainability, EEDS gives students that have a passion and a purpose the tools they need to become agents of change.

Below are examples of sustainability-related jobs:

  • Purchasing and materials manager
  • International project manager
  • Cooperative enterprise manager
  • Community organizer
  • Environmental conservation economist
  • Regional planner
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Energy economist
  • Energy efficiency program manager
  • Capacity development expert

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BS in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$34,989.00 (25,64,673) per year

Tuition fee includes an International Undergraduate Student Fee of USD $1,464 per semester, assessed to provide academic and support services for international students.


25 Aug, 11 Jan


School of Environment and Natural Resources

210 Kottman Hall,

2021 Coffey Road,



43210, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicant must have successful completion of university preparatory courses, high school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA, Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community, Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement, Status as a first-generation university student, Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area and High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors. English proficiency level TOEFL: 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test and IELTS: 6.5 or higher

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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