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Sustainability in courses and programs


USC is sustainability-focused and has developed innovative and rigorous courses and programs of study to advance this critical area of study, research and practice.

At USC we know that being sustainability–focused is complex, cross disciplinary and essential to achieving a balance between meeting our needs today and considering future generations.

A graduate attribute for today and for the future

Sustainability–focused is one of the University's Graduate Attributes, designed and developed to be a part of every USC Program of study.

The Sustainability-focused graduate attribute is supported through the concentration of expertise at the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC).

The SRC not only develops and disseminates cross disciplinary research through its 60+ members (including early career researchers and HDR students), but it feeds expertise into the University's courses and programs.

Sustainability is also the focus of a range of courses and programs, including climate change adaptation, sustainability, public health, environmental science, environment and water (civil engineering).

Many of our undergraduate degree programs allow students to take a Major or Minor in Sustainability: 

  • a major (eight courses), designed to allow students to gain skills, knowledge and qualities in sustainability that are then applied to a major sustainability project, and a minor (four courses) in Sustainability.
  • a major called Sustainability which includes the Sustainability- Society minor and then allows students to choose four courses from a variety of upper level sustainability related courses in science.

Sustainability-focused programs

Undergraduate programs, majors and minors
Postgraduate programs

Sustainability-focused courses

Every program at USC has courses that include sustainability-focused learning outcomes. Following is a list of some specific courses across the disciplines that allow you to develop a deeper understanding of this critical field.

Business and Information Technology
  • BUS320 Business, Governance and Society
  • MKG222 Marketing of Social Causes
  • TSM223 Sustainable Tourism, Leisure and Event Management
Communication and Design
  • DES105 Introduction to Design and Concept
  • DRA201
  • EDU107
  • EDU303
  • PUB102 Environment and Health
  • PUB352
  • BIM331 Immunology
  • NUR121 Health, Culture and Society
Humanities and Social Sciences
  • SUS101 Foundations of Sustainability
  • SUS201 Measuring Sustainability
  • SCS201 International Community Development and Global Justice
  • SUS202 Communicating Sustainability
  • SUS302 Sustainability Problem Solving
  • SUS310 Sustainability Project
  • SCS235 Social Justice, Welfare and the State
  • ENP236 Regions, Change and Sustainability
  • ENP211 Planning and Environmental Law
  • LAW406 Planning and Environment Law
Science and Engineering
  • ENS281 Sustainable Energy Systems
  • ENS310
  • ENS320
  • ENG411 Reservoir and Stormwater Engineering
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