Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability?

Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability is a degree that focuses on the environmental, economic, and social systems of the world. You'll explore the implications of our actions on the environment. You'll research innovative solutions for improving sustainability. As an Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability student, you’ll develop key skills in the following areas:

  • Geographic information systems
  • Communications
  • Programming
  • Environmental science

You will learn a systematic approach to understanding and solving complex problems. You’ll choose from two concentrations: Society and the Environment and Science of the Earth System. 

This major also offers an online option for students who have completed a semester or more of college-level courses. The majority of classes are delivered asynchronously, meaning you don't need to log on at a specific time. Everything can be done off-campus and in a different time zone!

Career Options

  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental protection
  • Finance
  • Geographic information systems
  • Government & regulatory administration
  • Sustainability consulting
  • Transport

Post-Graduation Success1

84% employed or continuing education

68% employed after graduation

16% attending graduate school

$46,914 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Epic Systems, Medline Industries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Texas at Austin View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.2 years to degree

84% first-year retention rate

90% four-year graduation rate

90% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770