Catholic University offers over 150 courses related to sustainability at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

As sustainability is interdisciplinary in nature, students can find sustainability-related courses across two dozen majors, minors, and concentrations in the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Arts and Sciences, the Busch School of Business, the School of Engineering, the Columbus School of Law, the Conway School of Nursing, the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, and the School of Theology and Religious Studies. 

  • Undergraduate Studies

    School of Art and Sciences

    Department of Chemistry: Environmental Chemistry Major and Minor
    The objective of the environmental chemistry program is to provide high-level education for students interested in environmental chemistry and environmental science.

    School of Engineering

    Environmental Engineering Major 
    Students in this major are exposed to a wide range of fundamental science and engineering courses including math, physics, chemistry, biology, classical mechanics, hydraulics, and hydrology.

    Civil Engineering Major - Environmental Engineering Track
    A professional degree in civil engineering with a concentration in environmental engineering. This major has an interdisciplinary focus that combines sciences, engineering, and public policy.

    Mechanical Engineering Major - Energy and the Environmental
    A professional degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy and the environment. This major has an interdisciplinary focus that combines sciences, engineering, and public policy.

    School of Architecture and Planning
    Sustainability Minor
    The curriculum for the minor seeks to combine the liberal arts (ethics, social sciences, science and technology) with courses that focus on the practice of sustainability (mostly housed in the professional schools).
  • Graduate Studies

    School of Architecture and Planning

    Net Zero Design
    This program provides students with an opportunity for full immersion into the theory and application of sustainable design and provides graduates with leadership skills in the field of sustainable design.

  • Sustainable Living Office

    In Spring 2022, students will have the opportunity to join a Sustainable Living Office for the first time. The Sustainable Living Office is a three-credit independent study in the School of Architecture and Planning offered to students pursuing the Sustainability Minor as well as students generally interested in campus sustainability.

    Through a guided, hands-on approach, students will engage the campus community in the university’s sustainability initiatives and help the community live sustainably on a daily basis. This independent study will serve as a bridge between the Sustainability Initiatives team in Facilities, other sustainability and environmental organizations on campus, and the student body, faculty, and staff. It will expand upon existing sustainability initiatives and provide students with real world experience implementing sustainability initiatives.

    For any questions about the Sustainable Living Office, email sustainability@cua.edu.