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Sustainable Management BS (Collaborative Degree)


The study of sustainable management focuses on systems thinking—that is, understanding how individual things and events influence the whole. As sustainability becomes increasingly important in today's economy, a bachelor's degree or certificate gives you added value with new or existing employers.

The 21 courses (63 credits) in the bachelor's program provide a broad understanding of the intersections among business, natural sciences, and social systems. Created for working adults, the program allows students to apply previously earned credits (or an associate degree) toward the online Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management.

Admission Requirements

If you have completed the first two years of a bachelor's degree or if you have 60 credits of transferable coursework, you may apply directly to the program. Still need the first 60 credits? The UW System Online Associate Degree Programs may be a good fit for you.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are specific areas of content knowledge that must be mastered to earn your degree and succeed in your career in sustainable management. By earning your bachelor's degree, you will understand:

  • The similarities and differences among world cultures, religions, and economic forces—and how to apply this cultural understanding to real-life business issues
  • How to navigate political landscapes at various levels (local, state, national, international), and how individuals can engage and impact political processes
  • How global political issues work, the components of international politics, and the connections among politics, the environment, economics, and human welfare
  • How gender is perceived in various parts of the world; the impacts of gender roles on the environment, politics, and economics; and how to function within those cultural differences most effectively
  • How to identify potential, innovative, and symbiotic relationships between producers and manufacturers
  • Carbon trading and carbon credits—specifically, how the economy is expected to react to this new currency and how corporations can be part of the process
  • The science behind climate change and global warming, as well as the policy and economic implications of global warming on businesses and societies
  • Water policy and water science—specifically, how to reduce water use; how to increase efficiencies of water use; what is dry-base processing; how water policy and water law function and are implemented and enforced
  • Logistics and transportation of raw materials
  • How supply chain structures function, and how opportunities to brand are identified and created
  • The mechanics of energy generation, energy infrastructure, energy management, energy policy, and energy purchasing
  • Marketing, communications, and public affairs with a focus on the human impacts of manufacturing
  • How to perform financial ratio analyses and financial feasibility analyses, and how to incorporate hard-value benefits and costs in finance
  • How to perform industry-specific triple-bottom-line investigations while fostering an inclusive approach with identical stakeholders
  • How to create industry-specific proposals that address triple-bottom-line feasibility factors


This degree completion program is offered online by four University of Wisconsin campuses:

University of Wisconsin Parkside  UW–River Falls  University of Wisconsin Stout  University of Wisconsin Superior

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