WhY Sustainability Studies?

Resources are limited in our world – from water to money to time. This is why sustainability has become a priority across industries and organizations. Discover what drives decision-making, and how those decisions impact our environment, our budgets and the everyday lives of people. With this understanding, you’ll be prepared to identify and implement new solutions to current challenges, both locally and globally.

Sustainability Studies at Augustana

Explore the interconnected, and often complex, nature of sustainability while taking advantage of Augustana’s experiential learning opportunities. Students can apply their learning in the field, abroad or with local organizations like the Battle River Watershed Alliance or the Food Artisans of Camrose County. Better yet – throughout your degree you will develop in-demand research, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills that will become invaluable in your future career.

Program Information

Sustainability Studies is available as a:

  • Major in the Bachelor of Arts degree program

Admissions requirements

Academic Innovations

All programs at Augustana include a wide-ranging liberal arts Core, taught within our unique “3-11” calendar

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Your insights in the economic, social and environmental perspectives of sustainability gained in an undergraduate degree majoring in Sustainability Studies from Augustana make you the perfect candidate for careers like:

  • Environmental Resource Management
  • Financial Analyst
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Land Reclamation Specialist
  • Corporate or Municipal Sustainability Officer

Sustainability Studies AlumnUS

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Joël Gervais
Environmental Scientist

Between my experience at Augustana and summer jobs,” Joël says, “I received a broad education and practical experience. I wasn't pigeonholed into one field or task, and I got a good introduction to many environmental topics.

Course Highlights

AUENV 220 - Applications in Sustainability

An introductory course in the theoretical and applied aspects of sustainability as it relates to key categories of energy, food, water, pollution, waste and their impacts on the environment. Current technological advances and emerging initiatives based on lowering our ecological footprint provide a basis for examining sustainability science as it relates to environmental challenges in a changing world.


AUECO 360 - International Economics

Examination of the theories of international trade and investment, the international monetary system, and the multinational firm.


AUENV 320 - Parks and Wilderness

Examination of scientific principles and concepts underlying parks, wilderness and other protected area systems with emphasis on Canada. Topics include history, philosophy, conceptual frameworks, roles in sustainability, and types of biological and geographic designations.


AUSOC 222 - Canadian Social Issues

Introduction to sociological perspectives on social problems. Various theoretical orientations are applied to contemporary Canadian social issues such as poverty, gender issues, Indigenous rights, human sexuality, and regionalism. 


AUENV 355 - Philosophy, Technology, and the Environment

Investigation of the philosophical and social issues related to technology and the environment. The natural/artificial distinction, different senses of environment and the ways we understand, package, and manage nature form the foundation of the course. Issues in environmental ethics are also addressed. Thinkers may include Marx, Heidegger, Marcel, Borgmann, Winner, Singer, Regan and others.


More courses in the Course Catalogue: Environmental Science, Economics, Sociology


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Glynnis Hood, PhD

Dr. Hood teaches many courses in Environmental Science. Her research areas include freshwater ecology, wildlife management, and parks and protected areas.

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Glen Hvenegaard, PhD

Dr. Hvenegaard's research interests include environmental interpretation, protected areas, ecotourism, bird biogeography, and rural sustainability.

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Greg King, PhD

Dr. King's research interests include dendrochronology, forest ecology, urban ecology and northern ecosystems.

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Varghese Manaloor, PhD

“Courses I have taught include applied microeconomics, econometrics, statistics for business and economics, environmental economics, and ethics in business and economics.”

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Tara Milbrandt, PhD

Tara teaches in the areas of sociological theory (classical, modern, and contemporary), introductory sociology, and contemporary culture (film, community).

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Geraint Osborne, PhD

Geraint's research and teaching interests are in the areas of crime, deviance and social control, political sociology, historical sociology, and qualitative methods.

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