Southern Oregon University identifies sustainable practices as a specific emphasis within our university mission. This commitment is realized, in part, by offering a wide-range of exceptional programs that emphasize sustainability and environmental awareness. SOU students will find courses emphasizing our commitment to sustainability in a wide-range of programs from art to business.
General Education Program
Green House University Seminar
The SOU Green House is an exciting new solution-oriented learning community here at Southern Oregon University that focuses on sustainability, adventure, leadership, and applied research. Students, faculty and community members work together to understand and solve problems through investigation, collaboration and action. Please browse our site to learn about the opportunities available to you to make a difference in your community, state, country and world.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy
SOU offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy that prepares students for a wide variety of employment in such organizations as governmental agencies, industry, non-profits and environmental consulting firms. A BS in Environmental Science & Policy prepares students for graduate and professional schools in areas such as environmental policy and management, law, public policy, and environmental science.
A Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy integrates natural sciences and social sciences to address complex environmental issues. The ES faculty has expertise in multiple disciplines including biology, geology, sociology, economics, geography, and anthropology. This diversity of areas allows the student to customize their ES Degree to their individual interests.
Minors and Certificate Programs
Certificate in Sustainability Leadership
The Certificate in Sustainability Leadership (CSL) is an undergraduate interdisciplinary program designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in organizations committed to sustainable practices. The program is designed to give students a strong foundational understanding in the three E’s of sustainability: economy, environment, and equity (also known as the Triple Bottom Line). The certificate provides students with a broad understanding of all of the major applied areas of sustainable organizational leadership, including alternative transportation, waste reduction, renewable energy, green building, corporate social responsibility, fair trade, shared value, localization, community finance, and other emerging sustainable business practices.
Students who complete the certificate will have a strong grasp of what sustainability means, how it is achieved, and the forces that discourage sustainable practices. This understanding will enhance their ability to serve as effective leaders in both small and large corporations, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector throughout the region, state, and country. Students will have opportunities to work on real-world projects in the many fields of sustainability and explore how their personal values and future goals relate to their practice of sustainable organizational leadership.
Courses on the Environment, Ecology and Sustainability
BA 483/MM 590 Sustainable Organizational Leadership
Students explore their roles as organizational leaders from various perspectives on organizational sustainability including alternative transportation, waste reduction, renewable energy, green building, corporate social responsibility, fair trade, localization, community finance, and other emerging sustainable business practices. Familiarizes students with important concepts, principles, and frameworks relating to the sustainability movement including natural capitalism, triple-bottom-line, and the three E's of sustainability: Economy, Environment, and Equity. Applied focus with emphasis on each student's specific organizational context and future leadership aspirations.