The Sustainability Concentration is interdisciplinary and focused on problem solving. For most students, no additional coursework is required beyond a 1-credit seminar. To earn the concentration, complete:
During your service learning project, you will connect with community members to solve sustainability problems and gain tangible skills to include on your resume. The 1-credit seminar will support your service learning project.
A concentration in Sustainability will enrich any future career, ranging from governmental and non-profit work to business. In 2010, the Harvard Business Review called Sustainability the next big “societal and economic shift,” which means that it will give you an extra competitive edge when it comes to getting the job that you want, regardless of your chosen career path.
Overview of Courses
Choose 10 credits from Interconnected Systems and 10 credits from Change Agent:
|Interconnected Systems* (IS)||Change Agent (CA)|
|ANTH 100||ANTH 101|
|ANTH 107||ANTH 102|
|ANTH 205||ANTH 103|
|ANTH 206||CMST& 220|
|ANTH 215||CMST& 230|
|ANTH 222||CMST 250|
|ECON 250||CMST 280|
|ENVS& 100||ENVS 120|
|ENVS 105||GEOG 205|
|ENVS 250||PHIL 102|
|GEOG 105/INTST 105||PHIL 122|
|GEOG 108||PHIL 201/POLS 201|
|GEOG 123/INTST 123||POLS& 101|
|GEOG 205||POLS 250|
|GEOL 107||SOC 122|
|INTER 117||SOC& 201|
|OCEA 110/ENVS 110|
*Students must take a minimum of 1 course from the Science Division in this category.
Detailed Program Requirements
- Earn a total of 20 credits from sustainability-focused courses by taking 10 credits from the Interconnected Systems category and 10 credits from the Change Agent category. Up to 10 credits can “double count” toward distribution requirement, as long as they are in different programs.
- Complete a pre-approved 16 hour minimum service learning project. The project might include, but is not limited to, taking a course with a strong service learning component, completing a 299 Individual Studies course in a discipline of choice, conducting undergraduate research on topics related to sustainability, completing an EXPRL 191 internship focused on issues related to sustainability, working or volunteering for Bellevue College’s Office of Sustainability, serving in a leadership role in a chartered student club or program concerned with sustainability, or completing a service learning project of your choice in the surrounding communities served by Bellevue College.*Students must take a minimum of 1 course from the Science Division in this category.
- Take the 1-credit Sustainability Seminar (EXPRL 195), which is focused on forming a cohort with other students around your service learning projects, discussing sustainability issues, and learning about sustainability science (an emerging field of study focused on methods for solving sustainability problems). The seminar course will be offered at various times during the academic year.
Take the Next Step
Contact your academic advisor to determine your coursework. Any questions that you and your advisor have about the concentration should be directed to the Sustainability Concentration Coordinator, Sonya Doucette at email@example.com.
Last Updated February 1, 2023