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  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 APU Catalog

Sustainability Studies, B.A.


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The Sustainability Studies major explores the relationship between humans and the environment through an interdisciplinary curriculum. This Alaska-based program encourages you to explore Alaska’s cultural and ecological diversity and directly experience the strong connections between the landscape and its communities. Focusing on the ‘triple bottomline’ of sustainability, students draw together studies addressing people, the planet, and the economy.

In the Sustainability Studies major, you will develop an individualized study plan, allowing you to customize your educational experience. With the guidance of an academic advisor, you will choose from various topics, including sustainability, climate change, environmental problem-solving, agriculture, energy, fisheries, and water. This flexible program encourages you to take courses throughout the entire university. A typical study plan may include courses from Liberal Studies, Outdoor Studies, Counseling Psychology, Marine & Environmental Sciences, and Business. Once a plan is established, you will develop relationships with federal, state, and local non-profit agencies through internships and course projects that prepare you to enter the workforce in your field of expertise. This hands-on experience provides you with the professional experience sought by a range of employers.

Alaska is positioned on the cusp of great change and great challenges within its terrestrial, marine, and atmospheric environments. Opportunities abound for those who can work across disciplines to study, publicize, manage, and/or predict these challenges. This major is specifically designed for exceptional students who are interested in addressing today’s multidisciplinary, environmental challenges.

As a graduate, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with demonstrated achievement in APU’s Essential Competencies;  Effective Communication; Critical Thinking; Cultural & Historical Perspective; Scientific Inquiry;  and Ethical Engagement.

Foundational Studies (32-40 credits)


  • EC Written Communication** (WRIT 20100) (4)
  • EC Presentation & Media Literacy (from 10000-20000 level COMM) (3-4)
  • CT Critical Thinking (from 10000-20000 level CRIT) (3-4)
  • CT Computation** (MT 10100, BAM 10500, or higher placement) (0-4)
  • CH Intellectual Traditions (from 10000-20000 level PH/HI) (4)
  • CH Creative Endeavors (from 10000-20000 level HUM) (4)
  • CH Intercultural & Spiritual Understandings (from 10000-20000 level RS/CS) (3-4)
  • SI Biological/Physical Scientific Inquiry (from 10000-20000 level SC w/ lab or OS 21000) (4)
  • SI Social/Behavioral Scientific Inquiry (various) (3-4)
  • EE Social Responsibility (LS 10200) (2)
  • EE Personal Responsibility (from 10000-20000 OS/PE or BAM 20400, MAR 11000, MAR 24000, LS 20500) (1-2)

                    [ **  Minimum grade of ‘C’ (defined as C+, C, C-) must be earned]

Major Studies (63 credits)


Self-Directed Studies (varies)


  • Students are encouraged to pursue a minor, double major, Eco League exchange, or other distinguishing study program to add to the Sustainability Studies major.

Minimum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 128


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