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Sustainability Studies, BA

Sustainability Studies prepares you to solve global challenges using critical systems thinking and a vision of peace, human rights, promoting cultures of resilience and sustainability and advancing sustainable development in Appalachia and globally.

Career pathways include:

  • Local, Regional and International Development
  • Disaster/Humanitarian Relief Assessment and Advocacy
  • Social Studies Education
  • Urban/Regional Planning
  • Environmental, Energy, Labor or International Law
  • Journalism
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Public Administration
  • Business Administration
  • Public Health
  • International Diplomacy
  • Professional/Academic Geography

Your Degree Plan


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In Sustainability Studies, you'll take courses that combine geoscience, environmental, social and humanities research methods that involve geospatial analysis, mapping, development practice and community engagement.

Tailor this major to your interests by focusing your coursework in one of these areas:

  • Environmental Studies

    To prepare for a career that deals with environmental impacts, assessment, geohazards and climate change.

  • GIS Methods

    To prepare for a career using up-to-date mapping technologies and locate resources.

  • Sustainable Development

    To prepare for a career in planning and development that deals with climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution which also maintains resources for future generations.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

  • On-site WVGIS Technical Center with competitive paid internships.
  • Partnerships with Halliburton and ArcGIS – ESRI.
  • Access to the Undergraduate Resource Room, a study lounge with resources just for our majors.
  • You'll work with one adviser throughout your undergraduate studies.
  • Weekly updates with job postings, internships, on-campus resources and departmental events.
  • Conduct research and participate in meaningful activities with a focus on sustainability in our faculty labs.
  • Opportunities to present at conferences.
  • Four computer labs with ArcGIS, plus the web version of ArcGIS is on all WVU Library computers.
  • Earn academic credit through Eberly internship courses.
  • 500+ scholarships awarded annually by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Academic Enrichment Program offers funding for activities that complement, extend and enhance your academic experience.

Over 92% of WVU freshmen receive grants or scholarships (2022-2023).

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Learn by Doing

Learning happens outside the classroom. Get involved.

Opportunities for research and further study are available in:

  • International Development
  • Economic Development
  • Social Justice
  • Food Justice
  • Environmental Justice
  • Sustainable Development

Additional academic experiences include:

Connect with other students who share your academic interests as a member of:

View all of the student organizations you can join.

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

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What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Career Options

Many graduates pursue careers or graduate study in:

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Land Reclamation
  • Environmental Impact Studies
  • Policy Analysis
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Division of Natural Resources
  • National and State Parks
  • Mapping/GIS
  • Leidos
  • US Government
  • Local Government
  • US Army Corps of Engineers

Who's Hiring Our Grads

  • Leidos
  • Range Resources
  • US Park Service
  • US Government
  • State and Local Governments
  • NGOs
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • USGS

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Sustainability Studies major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Tuition and Aid

How much does Sustainability Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Sustainability Studies major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

How to Complete the FAFSA

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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