The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BAESS) is an undergraduate degree offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). It is administered by the Integrated Program in the Environment (IPE). We offer degree concentrations in:

  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Sustainable Energy and Resources
  • Environmental Ethics and Justice
  • Biodiversity and Sustainability
  • Sustainability Individualized Program

Our Environmental and Sustainability Studies minor allows you to integrate sustainability studies into other degrees.

In the summer of 2016, faculty and administrators of the degree program mapped our curriculum onto the student learning outcomes and program goals for the degree. An excel spreadsheet reflecting this exercise can be dowloaded below. It includes information about how classes contribute to the degree program in advanced (A), intermediate (I), or beginning (B) ways. Students interested in the program may be interested to understand which courses meets individual learning outcomes. Faculty interested in contributing courses to the degree program can utilize the spreadsheet to identify instructional areas of need.

Download curriculum map spreadsheet (Requires Excel. This may appear in your download folder or in the bottom bar of your browser window.)


Prospective IU students: Contact IPE associate director, Sarah Mincey, (812) 855-8745, to discuss the program. We recommend that you schedule a general campus visit through the Office of Admissions. In most cases, you can schedule an informational session with us at the same time you schedule your campus tour.

Current IU students: Talk with IPE associate director, Sarah Mincey, or meet with the academic advisor, Rebecca Butorac, to discuss pursuing either the major or minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.