Education & Research

Teaching and Learning

Institutions of higher education provide unique opportunities for educating a new generation of sustainability leaders. From sustainability course lists to faculty teaching fellowships, Indiana University is working hard to increase students' sustainablity course and degree offerings, and supporting faculty with professional development in sustainability. 


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The Academic Initiatives Working Group compiles a cross-campus list to promote sustainability education and enable students to find sustainability courses. Click here for Spring 2013 course offerings and the course archive. 

  • Sustainability focused courses concentration the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens. Sustainability is a consistent thread throughout each course component and most assignments are designed to help students develop a better understanding of sustainability and sustainable development.
  • Sustainability related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.

Exceptions can be made for courses that do not meet all criteria but excel in certain areas. To suggest a course for the list, please contact . Go to the IU sustainability course offerings page. 

Course Development Fellowships

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With support from IU's College of Arts and Sciences and the IU Office of Sustainability, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs awarded three Sustainability Course Development Fellowships to Indiana University Bloomington faculty. This year’s recipients were Meriem Chida, Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design; Lisa Sideris, Religious Studies; and Jiangmei Wu, Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design.

Visit the Sustainability Course Development Fellowship page. 

Current Degree Programs

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There are several degree programs that offer sustainability related tracks. Undergraduate and graduate offerings are found below.  

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graduate Programs

New Degree Programs

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A cross-campus proposed degree program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ES&S) has recently been developed as a result of a specific recommendation of the President’s New Academic Directions Committee.  The committee that developed this degree represented SPEA, the College and the School of Public Health with several members of the IUOS Campus Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) participating.  A proposed introductory course and series of concentration courses across departments are just the start of an envisioned new future set of course offerings, drawing largely on coursework in the humanities and social sciences.  Former IUOS CSAB co-chair Jeff White has been named to direct the Integrated Program in the Environment, which will tap more than 60 scientists spanning no fewer than seven academic departments and multiple schools.

Integrated Program in the Environment

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The first step to discovering what IU Bloomington offers in academics, research, creative activities, and organizations focusing on the environment. Visit the website.