A growing population and expanding economy in a world with resource constraints underscore the need for sustainable solutions that balance the environment, economy and society. The EEDS major is a multi-disciplinary degree program that focuses on the human dimensions of sustainability. This cutting-edge major provides the core knowledge and skills students need to launch a career in sustainability in the private, public or non-profit sectors.

Sustainability is a rapidly growing area that requires knowledge of human and natural systems and the skills to manage change, think holistically, and assess sustainable development in a variety of settings.

Sustainability is not just a specialization. It is becoming an important competency in many types of jobs. The goal of the EEDS major is to provide students with rigorous coursework and training in sustainability to prepare them for the career path they choose. EEDS gives students that have a passion and a purpose the tools they seek to become agents of change.


All EEDS students take an integrated set of coursework in environmental economics, business management, environmental sociology, community and international development, ecological engineering and environmental sciences. Students build on this foundation by choosing to specialize in one of four areas:

  • Sustainability and Business
  • Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis
  • Community Development
  • International Development

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Program Partners:

EEDS is a joint major between the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE) in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Additional partners include the Fisher College of Business; Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; City and Regional Planning; International Studies; Center for Resilience; John Glenn School of Public Affairs; and the President’s and Provost’s Council on Sustainability.



  1. The April 12th EPN Breakfast Gives EEDS Capstone Students An Opportunity To Share Their Research

    May 4, 2016

    The Ohio State University commitment to its Climate Action Plan was in full swing at the April 12th 

  2. Dan Woda's Internship Experience Brings Solar to Historic Worthington

    Mar 23, 2016

    Internships are a crucial part of career development. They provide students with professionalism and confidence, and can help create a network of contacts. Required internships for the EEDS program can include a wide variety of positions, and often challenge the status quo.

    In some instances, students are even given the opportunity to create political change in their own community. During an internship with Ecohouse Solar, EEDS student Daniel Woda was able to encourage sustainable political change in Central Ohio.

  3. EEDS Program Graduate: How I Launched My Sustainability Career

    Oct 15, 2014

    The Ohio State EEDS program began its third academic year with the start of the Autumn 2014 semester. We recently sat down to speak with one of the first graduates of the program, Alexandra Kueller, who took a job with the Virginia-based Strategic Sustainability Consulting (SSC) after graduating from the program in Spring 2014.