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Environmental & Sustainability Studies

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From climate change, to water purification and global health issues, Ohio Valley University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental & Sustainability Studies has been designed to provide students with the scientific tools and interdisciplinary perspective to offer sustainable solutions to humanity’s most pressing environmental problems. Students in the program can seek to enter the workforce directly after their bachelor’s degree working in the private sector, government, or non-profit organizations or pursue environment-related graduate degrees in natural sciences, business, law, or social sciences.

Faith & Science

At a faith-based institution, this degree program will frame the academic study of the environment and sustainability within a worldview emphasizing the goodness of God’s creation, the ecological consequences of human sin and rebellion, and the ways in which humanity can faithfully steward Earth’s environment and resources. Thus, students will not only gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to help them to be successful professionals in environmental and sustainability fields, they will also develop a Christian worldview for their life’s work.

Core Curriculum

  • Natural Science Core: General Biology I & II, General Chemistry I & II, Physics I, and Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Environmental Sciences: Environment & Sustainability, Physical Geology, Energy Resources & Efficiencies, Oceanographic & Atmospheric Science, Microbiology, and Ecology
  • Environmental Social Sciences: Environmental Economics, Environmental Science & Policy, and Introduction to Geography
  • Environmental Humanities: Environmental Ethics, Environmental History, and Environmental Literature
  • Research Tools: Intro to Statistics, Mathematical Modeling, Geographic Information Systems, and Professional Writing

Interested? Apply online today.


Program Structure

This program provides a flexible, small group learning environment where students take most of their major courses together. Students will also take elective coursework in the natural sciences, business, or social sciences to best meet their vocational aspirations.

Capstone Project

All students will complete a senior project as a requirement for graduation, but the program offers options depending on a student’s plans. For instance, students seeking to find a job after graduating with a bachelor’s degree will engage in a real-world practicum experience or applied project. Students interested in continuing their education or pursuing graduate degrees in the sciences will conduct directed research projects.

Program Benefits:

  • Rigorous academic study of the environment and sustainability issues from multiple disciplinary perspectives within the context of the Christian worldview
  • Hands-on experience with cutting edge technology in water purification
  • Prepares students for a variety of possible careers or graduate school programs
  • Opportunities to engage in focused research or real-world internships

Career Path Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs related to Environmental and Sustainability Studies are expected to experience faster than average job growth over the next decade:

  • Environmental Technician
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Analyst
  • Government Lobbyist
  • Environmental Compliance Officer
  • Non-Profit Sustainability Program Director
  • Environmental Planner
  • Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Forest Ranger

Graduate School Opportunities

  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Green MBA
  • Environmental Law
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Forestry
  • Hydrology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Environmental Engineering


To learn more about this degree program, contact:

Dr. Stephen Opoku-Duah
Associate Professor of Chemistry & Water Sciences
Director of Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program

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"This degree is focused on providing students opportunities to gain significant scientific, academic, and practical capabilities for working in a variety of environmental or sustainability fields."

Dr. Stephen Opoku-Duah
Associate Professor of Chemistry & Water Sciences