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Sustainability Studies, BASS Flex-Track Degree for Adults

Offered in: CHICAGO | ONLINE

The Bachelor of Arts Flex-Track degree in Sustainability Studies is open to students 22 years of age and older. Its main requirements include seven core SUST courses, one SUST elective, two "relevant electives" in an appropriate subject area, an 18-semester-hour "functional area" (which may also be a minor) in a related discipline or interdisciplinary area, selected general education seminars specifically geared toward the needs and learning styles of adult learners, and general electives.


These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Professional Studies:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate.


Core SUST Requirements

English 101 is a pre-requisite for all 200-level SUST courses; the university writing requirement is a pre-requisite for all 300-level SUST courses.

Grade of C- or higher required in all major courses.

  SUST 210 Sustainable Future .....3
  SUST 220 Water .....3
  SUST 230 Food .....3
  SUST 240 Waste .....3
  SUST 310 Energy and Climate Change .....3
  SUST 320 Sprawl, Transportation, and Planning .....3
  SUST 330 Biodiversity .....3
SUST elective (choose one of the following)
  SUST 340 Policy, Law, and Ethics OR .....3
  SUST 350 Service Learning OR .....3
  SUST 390 Special Topics OR .....3
  SUST 395 Sustainability Studies Internship .....3

Functional area or minor

  Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor .....18


General education courses
  PLS 201 Critical Reasoning and Academic Skills .....3
  PLS  202 Information Literacy and Research Writing .....3
  PLS 220 Technological Literacy .....3


  MATH 110 Quantitative Literacy (or higher) .....3

Other requirements

General education (university writing requirement)
  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3
Relevant electives
  Two electives, chosen in consultation with an advisor, from these subject areas: SUST, biology, chemistry, environmental science, math (especially statistics), criminal justice, hospitality and tourism management, organizational leadership, or paralegal .....6
To be selected from any area: additional courses to complete the 120-hour requirement
Upper level general education seminars
  PLS 350 Social Science Seminar I .....3
  PLS 351 Social Science Seminar II .....3
  PLS 360 Natural Science Seminar I .....3
  PLS 361 Natural Science Seminar II .....3
  PLS 370 Humanities Seminar I .....3
  PLS 371 Humanities Seminar II .....3
  PLS 397 Advanced Research .....3
  PLS 398 Senior Thesis .....3

Options for Minors and Double-Majors

Students may double-major with other Flex-Track majors in the College of Professional Studies or minor in other fields offered throughout the university. A minor and/or double-major in a professional, natural science, or social science discipline gives a SUST major additional focus and power, both for graduate study or the job market.

Recommended minors include:

  • Professional: Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Organizational Leadership, Paralegal Studies.
  • Natural Science: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Math.
  • Social Science: Economics, History, Psychology, Social Justice Studies, Sociology.

Double-major options for the BASS Flex-Track degree include:

  • Business.
  • Criminal Justice.
  • Organizational Communication.
  • Organizational Leadership.
  • Paralegal Studies.
  • Psychology.