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Bachelor of Arts

Online BA in Sustainability and the Environment

School of Environment, Arts and Society


There's never been a greater need for skilled professionals who understand the increasingly complex environmental issues of natural resource management. FIU Online's Bachelor in Sustainability and the Environment introduces students to factors that determine the sustainability of human institutions, organizations, cultures and technologies in different environments. This fully online program is multidisciplinary, with a focus on developing creative, adaptive solutions to real-world challenges. The curriculum addresses the connections between people in their social, natural and built environment, so that students will be able to think holistically about sustainability issues.

Take the next step.

With FIU Online, you can learn anywhere, anytime. With our flexible, convenient, fully online program, you can earn your degree and still balance your work, family and community commitments. Our interactive technology enables you to watch lectures, get real-time feedback from your instructors and collaborate with classmates on projects. Plus, we provide you with a personal success coach who will provide you with one-on-one guidance every step of the way.

Why Apply?

Sustainability is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of the future. Graduates with a bachelor's degree in Sustainability and the Environment will have the in-demand skills to launch and manage green initiatives in public, private and non-profit organizations.

FIU Online's faculty from the department of Earth & Environment are well-respected scholars in environmental sciences and natural resource management issues.

Green Career Opportunities

The bachelor’s degree in Sustainability and the Environment will open doors to jobs in the fields of environmental sustainability and environmental management. Career paths include:

  • Entry-level sustainability position
  • Park management
  • Transportation coordinator
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Sustainability director
  • Sustainability manager
  • Sustainability analyst
  • Energy efficiency analyst
  • Operations manager

Wages & Employment Trends for Environmental Scientists and Specialists

People who worked as sustainability coordinators in January 2014 and took home a salary within the 10th–90th percentile range earned $29,564–$68,040 with the potential for bonuses up to $4,907, reported PayScale.com. Industries that hired sustainability coordinators included colleges and universities, local government, healthcare, engineering consulting and architecture.

Florida Median income:  $49,300

Florida rate of growth:  +9%
National Median wages:  $63,570 
National Projected growth:  +19%

Source and more information: O Net OnLine


Program Completion Requirements

Total Credits: 120 
Sustainability and the Environment Credits: 60

A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and the Environment.


For students transferring into the degree with 60 credits, it is highly recommended that they have completed: 

  • An introductory stats course  
  • Micro economics (ECO 2023)  
  • FIU College of Arts, Sciences & Education foreign language requirement (2nd semester completion) 

This will allow students to complete a minor or specialization within the 120 credit hours. However, if these courses are not taken before completing 60 credits, it will not result in denial of a student’s admission. 

Recommended Courses

PSC 1515 – Energy and the Natural Environment.  (This course, if taken at Miami Dade College, can substitute for EVR 1001 (Required)

Lower Division Requirements

ECO 2023 – Principles of Microeconomics

EVR 1001 – Introduction to Environmental Science – GL*

EVR 1001L – Introduction to Environmental Science Lab

EVR 1017 – Global Environment and Society - GL*

MAC 1005 – College Algebra

STA 2023 – Statistics for Business and Economics  or  STA 2122 – Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences I or STA 3111 – Statistics I

Upper Division Program

Recommended Courses

ENC 3213 – Professional & Technical Writing

POS 2042 – American Government

STA 3112 – Statistics II

POS 3424 – Legislative Process

Required Courses (31)

Natural Dimensions Courses:

EVR 3010 – Energy Flow in Natural and Man-made Systems (Prerequisiste: MAC 1105 – College Algebra)

EVR 3013 – Ecology of South Florida

EVR 3013L – Ecology of South Florida Lab or EVR 4594 – Analysis of South Florida Ecosystems

EVR 4596L – Applied Field Ecology

And any 2 of the following courses:

EVR 3011 – Environmental Resources and Pollution (Prerequisiste: MAC 1105 – College Algebra)

GEO 3510 – Earth Resources – GL*

GIS 3043 – Introduction to Geographical Information Systems or GLY 3759 – Visualizing Our World with GIS

Human Dimensions Courses:

ECP 3302 – Introduction to Environmental Economics

EVR 4352 – US Environmental Policy or POS 4035 Environmental Politics

And any two of the following courses:

REL 3492 – Earth Ethics – GL*

EVR 4321 – Sustainable Resource Development

EVR 4411 – Human Organization & Ecosystems Management

EVR 4415 – Population & Environment Issues

Capstone Sequence Courses:

MMC 3650 – Media and Sustainability or MMC 3303 Global Media and Society

IDS 4232 – Sustainability in Action (capstone course)

Sustainability and the Environment Electives (6)

Two additional courses in any area of sustainability and the environment studies, including courses listed above, either within the environmental specialization, or in any other specialization. A list of acceptable courses will be maintained by the program director.

Note: Minors may be substituted for an area of specialization.

Electives 23 credits (including 9 credits out of the major and minors in related areas such as public administration, journalism, communication, business, etc.)

*Global Learning Course


To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

 In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.

Program Completion Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree. Students must complete the University Core CurriculumUniversity requirements and College of Arts, Sciences & Education requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Sustainability and the Environment major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. The College of Arts, Sciences & Education's advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met. For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

Admission Guidelines

  • Minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) 2.0
  • Admittance to the university or completion of an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited institution

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:

Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003


FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission


Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.



Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).



$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00



Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).



$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

As of the summer 2018 term, the mandatory health fee, in the amount of $93.69, will be charged to all students as part of their tuition each semester.

Top Faculty

Dr. Mahadev G. Bhat

Dr. Bhat's current research focuses on issues related to economics of coastal resource management, agroecology, human dimension issues of the South Florida environment, payment for environmental services, and spatial economics of natural resources. The common theme that spans his research works is the application of ecological-economics approach to environmental problem solving. This approach drastically departs from the conventional economic approach and attempts to integrate ecological and economic principles into a holistic decision-making framework, in order to promote a more sustainable resource management. He uses quantitative modeling tools such as spatial-temporal optimal control models, game-theoretic models, and econometric tools to simulate the dynamic interactions between different ecological and economic sub-systems of a resource or problem under investigation. Such a modeling approach provides policy makers with more objective insights into the policy making process.

Dr. David Bray

Dr. Bray is currently a Professor in the Earth and Environment Department and Director of the Institute for Sustainability Science in the Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU. He carries out research on community forest management in Mexico and Central America and pursues interests in natural resource and ecosystem management in Latin America and globally. He was Chair and Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies Department at FIU from 1997-2002.

Dr. Assefa Melesse

Dr. Assefa's areas of research include spatially distributed hydrologic modeling, ecohydrology, surface and groundwater interaction modeling, climate change impact studies, water-energy-carbon fluxes coupling and modeling, remote sensing hydrology, land cover change detection and scaling. Dr. Melesse was recognized by the university and awarded for excellence in mentorship.

Dr. Pallab Mozumder

Dr. Pallab is interested in a diverse set of environmental and natural resource management issues (e.g. valuation of environmental goods and services, sustainable development, managing ecological vulnerability, water and coastal resources management).  His current research focuses on understanding human dimensions of environmental changes and mitigation of natural hazards. He is also affiliated with International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) and Latin American & Caribbean Center (LACC) at FIU. He received his PhD in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before joining at FIU, he spent two years as a Post Doctoral Fellow at The Environmental Institute (TEI), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Mr. Rodolfo Rego

Dr. Bray is a visiting instructor in the Department of Earth an Environment and is the coordinator of the Learning Assistant (LA) program. He is a geologist and an environmental scientist who specializes in the geology of South Florida and groundwater issues associated with petroleum contamination. He received his B.S. in Geology in 1997 from FIU and his M.S. in Geology in 2002 from FIU.

Dr. James Riach

Dr. Riach's research and teaching interests include the interconnections between ecosystem health and human well-being, with a focus on the Amazon and South Florida regions. His work combines multiple theories and methodologies from anthropology, epidemiology, medicine, ecology, and geography. He also specializes in traditional health knowledge and ethnobotany of native people in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon. He has worked on health and environmental projects among indigenous rainforest cultures including the Cayapas and the Siona-Secoya of Ecuador and the Aguaruna and Yagua of Peru. As a member of Project Amazonas, Inc., a humanitarian and environmental research and education non-profit organization, he has helped develop integrated strategies to address health, conservation, and development needs in the Peruvian Amazon.

Dr. Jennifer Gebelein

Dr. Gebelein's work focuses on land cover/land use mapping in the Caribbean, and change in the Caribbean landscape due to anthropogenic influences. Her research has involved utilizing satellite image analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial data to assess the land use and natural land cover history of Cuba. Dr. Gebelein has made several field trips to Cuba to acquire field data for accuracy assessment analysis in her land cover maps of the island's vegetation, coastal, agricultural, and urban features. She is a member of the South Florida Geographers Association, American Association of Geographers, and the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) Faculty Advisory Board.

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120Credits Required

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