Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BAESS)

Promote environmental sustainability with a BAESS

If sustainability, human-environment interactions, sustainable food systems, and environmental ethics topics intrigue you, a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BAESS) degree—which is also a major in environmental and sustainability studies—will give you the opportunity to study these subjects and more. With a BAESS, you will gain a broad overview of environmental sustainability problems and the tools needed to address these issues.

Our graduates have gone on to work as:

  • Marketing Director for a local farmer’s market
  • Environmental Engineeer for Freeport-McMoRan, Miami Inc.
  • Technical Unit Manager of Agriculture, Clean Energy, and Water for Winrock International

Alumni success stories

Isabella Santana, BAESS’19

NATURALIST, DUNES LEARNING CENTER, PORTER, INDIANA

“As a naturalist at the Dunes Learning Center, I’m grateful that my undergraduate degree enabled me to develop a well-rounded skill set. I’m passionate about sustainability – especially ecology and sustainable small scale and urban agriculture – but this program gave me a wide introduction to a lot of different topics within environmental studies.”

Carissa Tirado-Marks, BAESS’16

GARDEN AND SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR, MUNDO VERDE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL, WASHINGTON, D.C.

“At IU, I had the freedom to explore activism through various lenses, including food justice, environmental justice, and sustainability. I learned how school and community gardens can be revolutionary, educational tools. This changed the course of my academic career—and my life.”

Required coursework

This is a joint degree between the O’Neill School and the College of Arts and Sciences and administered through the Integrated Program in the Environment.

Individualize your major to focus on one of five concentration areas: sustainable food systems, sustainable energy and resources, environmental ethics and justice, biodiversity and sustainability, or an individualized concentration. You’ll bridge the arts and humanities, social sciences, and the physical and life sciences—all to make the world a better place.

All BAESS students, whether in O’Neill or the College will be advised by the College’s advisor for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. For BAESS admission information,  contact the BAESS advisor.