Chatham University

Bachelor of Sustainability
Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Sustainability program provides the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to advance sustainability in businesses, industry, government, and communities. It is built around several key ideals, all in the context of sustainability:

Below we summarize our emphasis on these areas, followed by more detailed program and general education requirements.

Intellectual and experiential core

Coursework will begin with foundations in the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, along with courses that tie these topics to sustainability. Our innovative design integrates foundational readings, seminar-style discussions, writing and multimedia projects, field experiences, laboratory experiments, and service projects to promote intellectual and experiential understanding of each subject. In addition, through a suite of courses students develop knowledge of a range of topics essential to sustainability. These include economics, social justice, system modeling, global environmental health, sustainability assessment and reporting, decision theory, mathematics, and technology.

Entrepreneurial and transformative leadership

We believe that all of our graduates should be prepared to champion change for sustainability, whether in a business, community, or governmental setting. To that end, every student will engage in workshops, presentations, field excursions, and other co-curricular activities.

Ethical and informed citizenship

Graduates will be prepared to contribute to their communities at any scale, from the local to the global. All of the major courses include emphasis on ethics and citizenship.

Able and engaged professionals

Through a two semester long course, every student – individually or in teams – will complete a capstone project. This can take many forms: it could be a business plan, film, policy brief, market research, exhibit, white paper, database, podcast, website, thesis, feasibility study, or another appropriate format. Ideally, each project will be useful for a community group, non-profit, business, agency, or governing body. Each project will be presented to the whole school community as part of the informed citizenship seminar. In addition, each student will take a course preparing for a career, including networking, public speaking, and portfolio development.