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
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.