Curriculum

Over half of the academic departments at U.Va. offer individual courses, such as in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Law, and the School of Architecture. Some programs are highlighted below.

The Office for Sustainability has compiled a list of sustainability related courses being offered this year. Full list of undergraduate, graduate and law classes

Undergraduate Programs

Global Studies - Environments + Sustainability Major

This interdisciplinary major is housed with the College of Arts and Sciences and features four tracks:

  • Development Studies
  • Public Health
  • Security & Justice
  • Environments + Sustainability

Students majoring in Global Studies – Environments + Sustainability address problems associated with human transformations of the earth through the triple lens of environment, equity and economy.
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Global Sustainability Minor

The interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability benefits students of all majors who want to understand the many facets of sustainability and learn how to apply this knowledge to their daily lives. Courses focus on systems thinking, engaged citizenship, innovation, research, and interdisciplinary thinking. The Minor empowers students across the University in common efforts to accomplish real change through community engagement with sustainable projects in their communities and beyond. The Minor also establishes connections between different disciplines and prepares students to incorporate sustainable practices into their varied future careers.
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Environmental Sciences

U.Va.’s interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Sciences department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree, and a minor. The graduate program in environmental sciences offers a Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. Dozens of courses in atmospheric sciences, ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and general environmental science are offered.
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Environmental Thought and Practice

This unique major teaches undergraduates to think about environmental issues within a broadly interdisciplinary framework. Faculty members from Anthropology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Sciences, History, Law, the McIntire School of Commerce, Politics, Religious Studies, Science and Technology Studies, and Urban and Environmental Planning are involved with the Environmental Thought and Practice program.
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Graduate Programs

Master of Urban and Environmental Planning

The degree program prepares students to make significant contributions as professionals in a variety of public, private, and nonprofit settings. A distinctive feature of the program is its commitment to community sustainability. Sustainability is addressed in specific courses with that title, but sustainability also provides the underlying framework for virtually all of the department’s courses.
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Darden School of Business

Darden offers several sustainability-focused electives, as well as an academic concentration on Innovation for Sustainability. Students within the concentration acquire knowledge about the global and systemic impacts on natural systems and human well-being.
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