sustainability studies

Evergreen is dedicated to sustainability. This value is reflected in our curriculum as well as our operations. Many programs and courses focus on the concept of sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Areas of study include sustainable development, environmental policies, ethics, ecology, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, economics, natural resources, sociology, and anthropology.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Activist, Student, Citizen. FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Alternatives and Resistance to Global Capitalism: Mexico, U.S., and Beyond SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Andean Roots: Linguistics and Ecological Agriculture SO-SR
  • Fall
12, 16
Andean Roots: Linguistics and Ecological Agriculture in Peru SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Be Wilder: Writing from Wilderness FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Music FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Poetics FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Gastropoetics FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Political Ecology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Decolonizing in an Era of Climate Change and Denial FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Development as Freedom FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Earth Dynamics: People, Place, Technology, and History FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Environmental Challenges and Solutions FR-SR
  • Summer
12
Farmers of the Global Majority: Resilience, Resistance, and Transformation FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Health vs. Wealth FR-SR
  • Spring
4
History of Agriculture in Washington State (1880-1980) JR-SR
  • Winter
4
Imperative Change: Earth, Food for the Future SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Living Well: The Anthropology of Sustainability FR
  • Fall
16
Making a Living and a Life: Sustainable Creative Practice FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Multiple Dimensions: Design/Art/Environment SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland: Researching Neoliberalism in Local Neighborhoods FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12, 16
Physical Principles of Sustainable Energy FR-SR
  • Summer
6
Playing with Patterns FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Playing with Patterns FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Fall FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Science Seminar: the Universe and You FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Startups and Entrepreneurship JR-SR
  • Fall
8
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Summer
16
Tiny Homes, Earthships, and other Innovative Buildings: Design Principles for Low-impact Homes. FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Climate Justice SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Ecological Agriculture: The Science, Justice, and Policy of Food Systems SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Environmental and Social Justice Successes: How to Grow Hope in the Dark FR-SR
  • Winter
12
Forests and Farms: The Systems that Sustain Us FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Geopolitics, Energy, Economics, and Stewardship of the Pacific Northwest SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Health vs. Wealth FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Living Well: Psychology and Sustainability FR
  • Fall
16
Living With Climate Change SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Political Ecology of Land: Urban Planning, Property Rights, and Land Stewardship JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Political Economy and Environmental and Social Movements: Race, Class, and Gender SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Repair: The Art of Sustainability and Social Practice JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Management, Sustainability and Finance FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Environmental Community-Based Learning and Action JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Summer
16