The increasing demand for food, water and energy sources as well as issues of sustainability, climate change and biodiversity have become increasingly critical at the local, regional and international levels.

Therefore, the BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability is designed to help learners better understand and improve our relationship with the natural world. By focusing on the social sciences and humanities, learners will develop understanding of the environment and how economic and political factors have contributed to environmental issues as well as develop real-world solutions to environmental and sustainability challenges.

The programme offers a comprehensive education in key content areas such as anthropology, geographic information system, sustainability, climate change, policy and management. Additionally, the programme includes various practicum experiences an internship based on the apprenticeship model and a capstone designed to give students experiences in research in preparation for a range of professional or graduate opportunities. Any graduand of this programme will be well poised for a career in research, education, government, public service or industry.


This programme seeks to;

  • Build knowledge and expertise in the field utilizing sustainable practices.
  • Train individuals who show a high level of professionalism and ethical practices.
  • Enable learners to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to environmental issues.
  • Provide learners with the opportunity to work in a variety of areas within the field through experiential learning.
  • Cultivate innovative and resilient leaders in the field.
  • Develop learners who can apply skills in communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving in real situations.
  • Train learners who can operate effectively in local, regional, and international environments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this programme, learners will be able to;

  • Discuss measures to effectively manage pollutants in the environment.
  • Explain the relationships and interactions among living organisms and their environment and analyze their impact on the biological community.
  • Apply the methods used to measure, assess and monitor population growth.
  • Investigate different natural hazards and their impact(s) on renewable and non-renewable energy, the environment, and society by using disaster cases from within the Caribbean and the Americas.
  • Analyze the biochemical/nutrient cycles within ecosystems with a focus on certain elements and the importance of these cycles to ecosystems.
  • Describe the various methods of extraction and utilization of primary and secondary energy resources.
  • Describe waste management and basic principles of waste management.
  • Identify the key anthropogenic contributors to air, water, and land pollution.


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Entry Requirements

  1. Secondary school students require a minimum of five (5) CSEC passes (Mathematics and English required). See General Entry Requirements for more information.
  2. CSEC passes in any of the following subjects;
    • Agricultural Science
    • Biology
    • Business Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • History
    • Integrated Science
    • Physics
  3. Mature students require professional and work experience. Relevant qualifications are required, as deemed appropriate by the university college. See General Requirements for Mature students.

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Programme Summary

  • This programme runs for four years and consists of eight (8) semesters.
  • Each year consists of two (2) semesters.
  • There is a total of 128 Credits to be scored.
  • Critical Reading and Writing (GE) (4 Credits)
  • Computer Applications (GE) (3 Credits)
  • A Survey of Saint Lucian History and Heritage (GE) (3 Credits)
  • Ecological Principles (PC) (4 Credits)
  • Physical Geography (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Speech Self, and Society (GE) (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra (GE) (3 Credits)
  • Climate and Climate Change (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Microeconomics (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Human Populations and Sustainable Development (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Modern Language (3 Credits)
  • Rural and Urban Settlements (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Economic Geography (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Climate Change and Sustainability (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Hydrology and Coasts (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Modern Language (3 Credits)
  • Ethics and Professional Development (GE) (3 Credits)
  • Statistical Applications (RI) (4 Credits)
  • Sociology of the Environment (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Practicum (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Science, Design, Thinking (GE) (3 Credits)
  • Principles of Management (GE) (3 Credits)
  • Sustainable Cities (PC) (4 Credits)
  • Energy and Climate Change (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Elective (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Anthropology (GE) (3 Credits)
  • Human Behaviour and Sustainability (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Waste Management (PC) (4 Credits)
  • Water Policy and Management (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Research Methods (RI) (3 Credits)
  • General Education (3 Credits)
  • Sustainable Food and Farms (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Sustainable Built Environment (PC) (4 Credits)
  • Human Centered Design (RI) (3 Credits)
  • Sustainable Urbanism and Transport (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Governance and Policy in Sustainability (PC) (3 Credits)
  • Sustainable Societal Systems (PC) (4 Credits)
  • Sustainability Capstone (RI) (3 Credits)
  • Sustainability Internship (Summer) (6 Credits)


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