BABA General Studies Specialization: Sustainability Studies

The Sustainability Studies (SUS) area of specialization is characterized by three overarching concerns: maintaining ecological and environmental health; creating economic welfare; and ensuring social justice. The aim of the area of specialization in Sustainability Studies is to help students understand the ways in which these three concerns are interrelated and to explore how they best can be pursued at local, national, and global scales. For career information visit the UF Career Connections Center.


Students are required to complete the gateway course and a minimum of four additional classes totaling 12 hours from the 3000-4000 level courses listed below and maintain a minimum 2.0 area of specialization GPA. Be sure to check course prerequisite requirements. Visit the Undergraduate Catalog Courses page to find more details for each course.

  • A gateway course, “Facets of Sustainability” (IDS 2154), introduces all students to the theory, principles, and practices of sustainability as approached through a variety of topical concerns and academic fields. It is offered each fall.
  • Students subsequently select 4 courses that span multiple disciplines to gain a broad exposure to sustainability-related curricula. Students must complete one course from each Cluster for the area of specialization at the 3000-4000 level. The Approved Cluster Courses can be found on the Undergraduate Catalog for the major.
  • For a list of the cluster courses that are being offered in the fall and spring terms, see the Schedule of Courses on One.UF. You may request syllabi for inspection from specific departments or instructors.

Contact Information

For advising about this specialization, please contact an advisor in the Heavener School of Business. If you have specific questions about the Sustainability Studies Major or Minor, or more general questions about the Sustainability Studies Program and contact information for its advisors, see the Sustainability Studies website.

Minor Option

A minor is available in this area of specialization. The minor requires 18 credit hours of coursework. You can find out more about the Sustainability Studies minor in the Undergraduate Catalog.