Interested in studying Sustainable Development?

We're glad you're considering attending Appalachian State University and majoring in Sustainable Development. The Department of SD offers both a B.A. and a B.S. with three different concentrations:

Along with the exciting curriculum we offer students, the Appalachian State sustainability community gives students the opportunity to get involved in student organizations related to Sustainable Development. Each student organization is involved in variety of events including bringing guest speakers who are professionals in the field, having opportunities to network and engage in the community, and, of course, having fun and fellowship with classmates and community members.

Where to Begin?

If you're wanting to find out more about the SD Department, you have two options: if you're wanting to explore on your own, use the links at the top and left side of the page. If you're the structured, get-to-the-point type, use the links below to go straight to the areas we think you'll find most useful.

  • Degrees and Concentrations: here you can learn about the two degrees and three concentrations within our department, including the courses required for graduation (on the checksheets).
  • Faculty Database: see and read about the people from whom you'll be taking those courses.
  • Clubs: check out the various departmental student groups that will help you have a life outside of classes
  • Internships: find out more about the opportunities for getting real-world experience.
  • ASU's Admissions Page: if you haven't already visited this section of ASU's site, you'll want to do so soon. Tons of information is collected here, mostly about admissions, but also about residence life, financial aid, and more.

SD Scholarship Opportunities and Fellows Program

Thanks to the generosity of donors, every spring the Sustainable Development Department is able to award scholarships ($500-$2000) to support some of our outstanding students. All SD scholarship recipients participate in the Goodnight Fellows Program. Fellows collaborate with SD faculty members and participate in service activities related to the SD Department. 

Why SD?

Patrick McGuire

Patrick McGuire, Class of 2012 Sustainable Development Major from Charlotte, NC

Discovering a fresh perspective on learning

Patrick McGuire was drawn to Appalachian by its mountain setting and small class sizes. Once here, he gained a broader understanding of the unique learning opportunities offered at the university.

This began when he discovered a love for gardening, which developed into a greater reverence for the environment. "My hobby became a passion, and you should major in your passion," he says. So Patrick became a Sustainable Development major, and he found the department's cross-disciplinary approach to education refreshing.

"It's really wonderful. I learn about sustainability in many classroom settings, and it has broadened my appreciation for other subjects."

-Patrick McGuire, SD Major