Sustainability Studies, BASS Flex-Track Degree for Adults

Offered in: Chicago | Roosevelt Online

The Flex-Track Program for Adults lets students earn their undergraduate degrees at an accelerated pace while balancing work and family commitments. Courses in the Flex-Track program are conveniently offered on-campus, online, and in “hybrid” mode (combining face-to-face meetings and online interactions). Courses are eight weeks in length, allowing adult students to reduce the time it takes to earn the bachelor’s degree.

The Bachelor of Arts Flex-Track degree in Sustainability Studies is open to students 22 years of age and older. Its main requirements include seven core SUST courses, one SUST elective, two "relevant electives" in an appropriate subject area, an 18-credit-hour "functional area" (which may also be a minor) in a related discipline or interdisciplinary area, selected general education seminars specifically geared toward the needs and learning styles of adult learners, and general electives.

Standards

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Professional Studies:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate.

Requirements

ENG 101 COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING is a pre-requisite for all 200-level SUST courses; the university writing requirement is a pre-requisite for all 300-level SUST courses.

Grade of C- or higher required in all major courses.

Core
SUST 210SUSTAINABLE FUTURE3
SUST 220WATER3
SUST 230FOOD3
SUST 240WASTE3
SUST 310ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE3
SUST 320SPRAWL, TRANSPORT, PLANNING3
SUST 330BIODIVERSITY3
SUST Elective
Select one of the following:3
POLICY, LAW, ETHICS
SERVICE AND SUSTAINABILITY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SUSTAINABILITY
SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES INTERNSHIP
Relevant Electives
Two electives, chosen in consultation with an advisor, from these subject areas: SUST, BCHM, BIOL, CHEM, CJL, ECON, ENVS, HOSM, MATH, OLED, PHSC, POS, or SOC6
Functional Area or Minor
Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor18
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12078
Total Credit Hours126

General Education Requirements

Introductory
General Education Courses:
PLS 201CRITICAL REASONING AND SKILLS3
PLS 202INFORMATION LITERACY AND RESEARCH WRITING3
PLS 220TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY3
Mathematics:
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or higher)3
Other Requirements
General education (University Writing Requirement):
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
General Electives:
Select additional courses from any area to complete the 120-hour degree requirement
Upper Level General Education Seminars:
PLS 350SOCIAL SCIENCES SEMINAR I: CRITICAL SKILLS3
PLS 351SOCIAL SCIENCES SEMINAR II: SPECIAL TOPICS3
PLS 360NATURAL SCIENCES SEMINAR I3
PLS 361NATURAL SCIENCES SEMINAR II3
PLS 370HUMANITIES SEMINAR I: CRITICAL SKILLS3
PLS 371HUMANITIES SEMINAR II: SPECIAL TOPICS3
PLS 397ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN AND EVALUATION3
PLS 398SENIOR THESIS3
Total Credit Hours42

Options for Minors and Double-Majors

Students may double-major with other Flex-Track majors in the College of Professional Studies or minor in other fields offered throughout the university. A minor and/or double-major in a professional, natural science, or social science discipline gives a SUST major additional focus and power, both for graduate study or the job market.

Recommended minors include:

  • Professional: Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Journalism, Organizational Leadership, Paralegal Studies
  • Natural Science: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Math
  • Social Science: Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Justice Studies, Sociology