Environmental Sustainability Major

Bachelor of Science Degree

ORU Distinguishing Features

The bachelor of science degree with a major in environmental sustainability is designed to allow students to combine training in the fundamentals of environmental science with instruction in other pertinent fields of study. Stewardship of the environment and management of natural resources are seen as essential steps to providing for the needs of future generations. Such endeavors involve a wide range of professional disciplines. In this degree, students will complete a core of environmental classes and also pursue two minors from a list that includes sociology, social justice, business, government, international relations, biology, chemistry, writing, journalism, missions and recreation management. The degree will prepare students to seek graduate degrees in related specialties.


“Initially I was enticed to become an Environmental Sustainability student by the wide array of studies the degree offered. The major consists of both technical and conceptual studies which I believe will further prepare me to serve God through resource stewardship and practical need-based ministry in the third world as well as in developed nations.”

“The major is also unique in that it affords it’s students the opportunity to study out of state. Every Environmental Sustainability student spends a month at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, where they learn through hands-on experience about current environmental concerns. Students who choose this major are able to tailor their major by selecting two minors from a list of many.

Ethan Eakin

:  Ethan
Major: Environmental Sustainability
Hometown: Broken Arrow

Environmental sustainability training is applicable to a wide range of careers. In today’s world, laws and regulations require most businesses and organizations to assess their impact on the environment. As such, managers, advisors, planners and consultants are needed in fields such as city, state and federal government; heavy industry, utility, construction and energy companies; as well as food distributors, organic farming and ecotourism. In addition to being an environmental compliance officer in a specified business, sustainability specialists are employed by a large number of non-governmental organizations whose focus is on conservation and land management as well as protection of the rights of disadvantaged peoples. These careers range from wildlife biologists and land managers to technical writers and policy experts. Professions such as law and finance include environmental specialties in which practice is exclusively focused on sustainability.

Course Offerings

  • Global Development and Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Principles of Economics
  • Earth Science

Degree Plan


Joel S. Gaikwad, Ph.D.
Chair of Biology and Chemistry