What will I learn?

Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the majors add to the College's academic offerings in sustainability that currently include a minor in sustainability and a 12-credit-hour graduate certificate in sustainability. The School of Engineering also has a master's program in renewable and clean energy.

Carter Creviston, a student from Cincinnati who just wrapped up his first year at UD, plans to switch to the new major this fall.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I have been interested in helping the environment, often doing small things to help like sorting recyclables at my house and at school. I had no idea my interest in helping the environment would be what I dedicate my college education and, hopefully, my life to," Creviston said. "Very early into college I decided I wanted to get the sustainability minor. However, when I learned there was a major in the works, I was immediately intrigued. I am incredibly excited to pursue the major, especially at a university that is among the top in the nation in sustainability efforts."

The bachelor of science degree will have tracks in energy and sustainable watersheds and will involve courses in biology, geology, economics, chemistry, political science, math and engineering, among others. It also could benefits students going on to be paralegals or lawyers in sustainability fields.

The bachelor of arts degree will have tracks in food studies and urban sustainability and include courses in data analysis, statistics, geographical information systems, ecology, advanced writing and philosophy, among others.

"We are placing vocation and community-based hands-on learning at the center of the curriculum," said Rebecca Potter, director of the sustainability program. "These programs will provide students a foundation for using sustainability to serve others regardless of their career paths."

The sustainability degrees are intentionally designed to complement other majors, Potter added. For example, she said students eyeing careers with environmental protection agencies can easily double major in environmental biology and sustainability. A double major in history or sociology and sustainability could suit future urban planners. Students pursuing nonprofit careers, especially combating food deserts, could benefit from a philosophy-sustainability double major.


  • Food Systems (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Urban Sustainability (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Energy (Bachelor of Science)
  • Sustainable Watersheds (Bachelor of Science)

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$44,100.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

O'Reilly Hall ,

300 College Park,



45469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have qualification equivalent to secondary schools.

For international students

Students must have qualification equivalent to secondary schools.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based (iB) test.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum Band 6.5 score is required for full admission.

iTEP. A minimum score of 4.5 is required for full admission.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). A minimum score of 60 is required for full admission.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). A minimum critical reading score of 550 on old SAT or 30 on Reading Test of new SAT.

American College Testing (ACT). A minimum English score of 24.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.