University of Wisconsin–Madison

Explore a selection of sustainability courses offered in fall 2017 to see how sustainability applies to many fields of study at a variety of levels.

Education

The Office of Sustainability strives to educate the campus community on sustainable practices through both academic courses and experiential learning. By facilitating sustainability education, we seek to raise awareness of sustainability across disciplines, and contribute to a growing workforce of sustainability-minded leaders.

Here, we highlight a selection of academic opportunities in sustainability at UW–Madison. These lists are not intended to be exhaustive; rather, sustainability is a lens that can be applied to nearly any field of study. If you have questions about how to integrate sustainability into your UW–Madison education, talk to your advisor and our Education Fellow, Ann Terlaak.

Courses and Programs

COURSES

UW–Madison students can explore sustainability in many course levels and subject areas. Our featured course lists offer an entry point to show how sustainability applies to many fields of study. Some fall 2017 options include:

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MAJORS

Numerous academic programs at UW–Madison address elements of environmental, social, and/or economic sustainability. Many schools and colleges also offer the opportunity to design an individualized major. Some options include:

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

UW–Madison offers a range of graduate programs (master’s and doctoral) and doctoral minors related to sustainability, spanning the natural and social sciences, engineering, and business. Some options include:

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Undergraduate Certificates

SUSTAINABILITY

This program combines coursework and community engagement to help students learn sustainability principles and how to apply them to issues on our campus and in the wider world.

Eligibility: Any UW undergraduate not earning an environmental studies degree or certificate or the engineering for energy sustainability certificate

ENGINEERING FOR ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY

With courses spanning the engineering curriculum, this program addresses energy sustainability with firm roots in “real world” design and engineering practices.

Eligibility: Any UW undergraduate enrolled in an engineering program

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Through interdisciplinary courses and optional research or fieldwork, students can learn about society’s environmental challenges through science, policy, literature, art and/or philosophy.

Eligibility: Any UW undergraduate

Graduate Certificates

BUSINESS, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

This program explores interrelations between business and its natural and social environment to help students integrate economic, environmental, and social dimensions into their decision-making.

Eligibility: Any UW graduate student

ENERGY ANALYSIS AND POLICY AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL

This program considers scientific, technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making, preparing students to become leaders in energy issues.

Eligibility: Any UW graduate student

Questions about integrating sustainability into your UW–Madison education? Contact our Education Fellow, Ann Terlaak.