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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sustainability, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 49101) (SIMS Code: 117001)

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” No more than 48 units of sustainability courses can apply to the degree.

A minor is not required with this major; however, it is recommended that majors in sustainability consider a minor in an area of expertise that helps to ground interdisciplinary work in a focused area or discipline. It is also recommended that students secure competency in a chosen region and/or culture, tied to their choice of a language other than English and study abroad experience.

Individual master plans are filed with the sustainability undergraduate adviser.

Impacted Program

The Sustainability major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the Sustainability major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete preparation for the major;
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one language other than English to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to section of catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Complete one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience Requirement

All sustainability majors are required to complete an international experience. This may involve a study abroad program, student exchange, international internship, coursework abroad, summer program, international volunteer program, or other international activity approved by the international experience coordinator. In consultation with the international experience coordinator students may apply appropriate upper-division semester course units from accredited overseas universities towards the field electives units. See the international experience coordinator to make arrangements to meet the international experience requirement.


A minimum of 33 upper division units to include:

18 Units of Field Electives

18 units selected from three of the following Field Electives, at least three units of which must be 500 level courses.

Field C, Scientific and Analytical Thinking

(3-12 units)


Core courses not selected for the core may be used to satisfy the Field Electives as indicated. Courses numbered 495, 496, 498, 499, and 596 from all participating departments, with appropriate content, are acceptable for Field Elective credit with approval of the undergraduate adviser

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