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 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
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 (CCBLA) 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
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Farm to Table SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Introduction to Environmental Studies FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Movements and Migrations: Sustainable South Asia SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Quantitative Permaculture Systems FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Social Science Approaches to Solving Environmental Problems JR-SR
  • Spring
16