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    Jun 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Sustainability Studies B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

The Sustainability Studies Bachelor of Arts degree at University of South Florida will prepare graduates for careers in industrial settings, commercial outlets, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies. A degree in Sustainability Studies allows the individual to become the point of contact for managers, owners, and politicians when implementing new technologies and policies. Sustainability Studies provides the tools to safeguard the well-being of future generations, increase profits today, and understand the role science plays in developing new technologies to address societal challenges.

The program establishes a foundation in Sustainability Studies by integrating the natural sciences, social sciences and business into the core curriculum.  This distinctive core curriculum makes it unique in the state, providing students with a broad base of skills, knowledge, and abilities, in the context of a recognizable and valued program of preparation for careers or graduate studies.

A degree in sustainable studies will increase the value of a degree in:

  • Business:  By understanding how sustainability concepts can increase efficiency and profits and provide corporate direction to deal with the ever-changing policy landscape.
  • Social Science and Policy: To help create and implement new policies, laws, and techniques to create a stable and enriched future and to protect the well-being of future generations.
  • Science: By enhancing the understanding behind new technologies and the ability to help businesses and government agencies to implement sustainable processes.

Students must complete 120 course hours, including all required prerequisite and core courses. The curriculum includes all university and college degree requirements.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students should be aware that by university regulation they are obligated to establish academic residency by completing the equivalent of one academic year (30 semester hours) in “on-campus” courses. All undergraduate transfer students electing Sustainability Studies as their major will be required, moreover, to take a minimum of 30 credit hours in major coursework at the University of South Florida. The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no specified common prerequisites for this major. All Florida College System students are encouraged to complete the Associate degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area at the intended transfer institution.

Major Requirements


Major Required (Core) Courses (31 credit hours)


The core courses are designed to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base in business, social sciences and the natural sciences to prepare students for a wide variety of careers or graduate work in fields related to sustainability studies.

GPA Requirements


  • An overall average of 2.50 GPA or greater in all core courses.
  • A transfer student must have a 2.0 GPA or higher when combined with all work attempted at other institutions.

Grading Requirements


A minimum of score of C (not C-) or greater in all core courses.

Internship Opportunities


The Sustainability Studies Degree requires a Senior Capstone Course ISS 4942  Practicing Sustainability (fully vetted) which enables students to choose either a Practicum experience or an Internship.  A wide range of internship experiences are available to students, including opportunities with:

  • Pinellas Community Composting Alliance - (Food Justice & Sustainability Program)
  • Keep Pinellas Beautiful
  • Feeding Florida - Fresh Access Bucks Program - (Food Justice & Sustainability Program)
  • Brick Street Farms
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District - FARMS (Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems) program
  • The Florida Aquarium - Corals research / regeneration
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory - plant taxonomy / research
  • Florida Wildlife Corridor
  • Environmental Protection Commission
  • Montana Conservation Corps via Americorps
  • Reef Monitoring Inc
  • Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (Food Justice & Sustainability Program)
  • Bartlett Park Community Garden (Food Justice & Sustainability Program)
  • WunderFarms (Food Justice & Sustainability Program)
  • Edible Peace Patch (Food Justice & Sustainability Program)
  • Surfriders Foundation - Rise Above Plastics

Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

Residency Requirement


Students are required to complete 50% of the Sustainability Studies major at USF.

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information


Location:  St. Petersburg campus
Undergraduate Academic Advising
140 7th Avenue South, Davis 134
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
​advising@stpetersburg.usf.edu
Contact person(s) Joan Eldridge, Ph.D. 
Email:  eldridge@usf.edu
Phone: (727) 873-4152
Website: https://www.stpetersburg.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/index.aspx

4 Year Plan of Study - Sustainability Studies B.A.


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Project Assistant
  • Transportation Planner
  • Case Manager

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

  • $45,000 - $48,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Free Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Upper Level Free Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • Upper Level Free Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

2 Year Plan of Study - Sustainability Studies B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Free Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13