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Sustainability Degree (Bachelor of Arts)

Whether it’s in government, nonprofit or the corporate sectors, careers in sustainability are dynamic and increasing in demand. A sustainability degree from Creighton will prepare you to help make a more livable future in your community and around the world.

As a sustainability major, you’ll study a variety of perspectives and gain knowledge, skills and the ability to problem-solve to recommend and implement sustainable solutions. Students in the program also gain valuable hands-on experience through a sustainability internship.

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Program Goals

The Bachelor of Arts in sustainability is designed to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow and shape our earth’s future.

As a sustainability major, you’ll gain:

  • Multidisciplinary knowledge of social, political, cultural, scientific, and economic principles, systems and structures influencing sustainability
  • An understand of humanity as interdependent with the natural systems, spiritual systems and ecological vision
  • Competence in defining and deconstructing problems through critical thinking
  • Communication and collaboration skills to organize social action and design solutions
  • Experience with a sustainable program on campus or in the larger Omaha community
  • A sense of the job market possibilities as you develop career skills

As part of the Jesuit, Catholic educational experience, you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your experience and how you’ll commit to caring for the earth, both now and in your career. Graduates will enter the workforce able to advise on sustainable business practices, development, and environmentally and socially conscious public policy.


Along with eight required courses, the program also includes interdisciplinary and additional electives, for a total of 44 credits within the sustainability curriculum.

Courses include:

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introduction To Atmospheric Sciences
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Practice: The Examined Life


A sustainability minor is available for 18 credits. View the curriculum for the minor.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

Creighton’s sustainability degree program has been designed in cooperation with local and regional industry professionals who offer internship sites. Internship options will be available with local nonprofit agencies, city or local government entities, corporations or startup companies. To maximize the experience, internships will be complemented by classroom time, so you will also earn credit toward your sustainability major.

Sustainability research opportunities available will depend on the interests you discover. Several program faculty members conduct ongoing sustainability research. If you think you might be interested in conducting research during the course of your major, contact the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship or the Director of Sustainability Studies, Dr. Jay Leighter.

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