Sustainability Undergraduate

Highly Experiential

From the courses to the internship or research, you will be doing sustainability.

Students majoring in sustainability will be prepared to pursue careers in the private sector or government.  Career areas include sustainable practices, natural resource management, renewable energy, community planning, non-governmental organizations and education. 


Sustainability: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Students majoring in sustainability may choose either a Natural Science Specialization or a Social Science Specialization.

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Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • A team of USD students – Nathan Bedoya (Sustainability), Chris Barkl (Accounting), Kyle Poss (General Studies), and Jordan Schumacher (Finance) - were selected as finalists for the Department of Energy’s National Geothermal Student Competition with the project titled “LTEC:  Expanding the Viability of Geothermal Energy.”  

  • Every year the sustainability program coordinates and hosts several events for Earth Week with the theme Earth (Every) Day.  

  • We work to increase sustainability awareness and initiatives within the University of South Dakota and it's community. 

After Graduation

Sustainability graduates will be prepared for professional or graduate education, and to enter careers in the following fields:

Potential Careers

  • Coordinator
  • Sustainability Intern
  • Biology Department research assistant
  • Biological technician intern
  • Community supported agriculture (CSA) intern
  • Research assistant
  • Natural resources intern
  • Sustainability Program communications intern

Recent Employers

  • Greening Vermillion
  • Raven Industries
  • University of South Dakota
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Heikes Family Farm
  • Los Alamos National Laboratories
  • SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Success Stories

Success Stories

The sustainability program is one that you can personalize. You are able to take a variety of classes to meet the requirements so that you are able to tailor the program to your interests. Kyle Jorgensen, 2014 Graduate