As students begin to register for classes for the Spring 2018 semester, the Sustainability Office compiled a list of courses offered across multiple disciplines to provide students with the opportunity to learn about sustainability in their chosen field of study.

“Taking a course that teaches the concepts of sustainability can help you land a job after graduation,” said Amy Armbruster, research and outreach manager of the sustainability office. “As businesses and government focus more on the importance of sustainability, employers are increasingly emphasizing an understanding of the concepts of sustainability, even for jobs that are not explicitly focused on sustainability.”

A new Environmental Defense Fund report found that sustainability jobs represent a large and growing portion of the U.S. workforce across multiple sectors. These are jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as waste reduction, natural resources conservation and environmental education. According to the report, sustainability now collectively represents an estimated 4 to 4.5 million jobs in the U.S., up from 3.4 million in 2011.

The course catalog of UNC offers classes that touch on the concept of sustainability in a wide variety of departments. From Anthropology to Journalism, Sociology to Women’s Studies, UNC offers 1,420 courses that deal with some aspect of sustainability.

In an effort to provide a useful tool to students, the Sustainability Office collected a selection of courses which relate to sustainability through course teachings, assignments and modules.

View Sustainability Office’s complete listing of sustainability-related course offerings and learn more about how the Sustainability Office can help you get hands-on experience.

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