Bachelor of Science

Professional Certificates

This online program is designed to equip you with the management skills and problem-solving knowledge to navigate our new economy and lead  sustainable business practices and initiatives. The courses will provide you with a broad understanding of the intersections among business, natural sciences, and social systems: knowledge you can apply in your current workplace or in a position with a company that's focused on sustainability.

Who Should Enroll

  • Individuals with an associate degree who want to complete their bachelor's degree
  • Individuals who are passionate about a healthy environment, strong profitability and vital communities coexisting now and in  the future
  • Employees who already have a bachelor's degree but want to update their understanding of and skills working in the emerging green economy


  • All courses are provided online; there are no campus visits or face-to-face meeting requirements.
  • You can start your program at anytime and courses are offered year round.
  • Courses are taught by experienced faculty from among four University of Wisconsin institutions.
  • Choose to either complete a bachelor's degree or professional certificates in two key areas.

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Program Curriculum for Degree

The required courses for this degree, when added to your 60 transferable credits from your associate degree, will total 123 credits.

Degree Requirements: 63 total credits

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management consists of 21 courses. Each student is required to successfully complete all 21 courses to graduate. There are no electives in the program. The Capstone course is usually taken in the last semester. Each course is worth three credits.

SMGT 115 Environmental Science and Sustainability
SMGT 220 Systems Thinking
SMGT 230 Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers
SMGT 235 Economics in Society and Sustainability
SMGT 240 Technical Writing for Sustainable Management
SMGT 310 Ecology for Sustainable Management
SMGT 315 Global Environmental Chemistry
SMGT 320 Energy for Sustainable Management
SMGT 325 Natural Resource Management
SMGT 330 Marketing for a Sustainable World
SMGT 331 Sustainable Organizational Finance
SMGT 332 Economics of Environmental Sustainability
SMGT 335 Management and Environmental Information Systems
SMGT 340 Organizational Behavior and Sustainability
SMGT 350 Operations Management and Sustainability
SMGT 360 Environmental and Sustainability Policy
SMGT 370 Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability
SMGT 430 International Management for a Sustainable World
SMGT 435 International Development and Sustainability
SMGT 460 Environment and Society
SMGT 495 Sustainable Management Capstone


  • College Algebra (UW Colleges MAT 110 or equivalent)
  • Statistics (UW Colleges MAT 117 or equivalent)
  • General Chemistry (UW Colleges CHEM 125 or equivalent)
  • Introductory Biology (UW Colleges BIO 109 or equivalent)
  • Introductory Communications (UW Colleges COM 103 or equivalent)

Program Curriculum for Certificates

Sustainable Management Science Certificate, 12 credits

SMGT 310 Ecology for Sustainable Management, 3 cr.
SMGT 315 Global Environmental Chemistry, 3 cr.
SMGT 320 Energy for Sustainable Management, 3 cr.
SMGT 325 Natural Resource Management, 3 cr.

Sustainable Enterprise Management Certificate, 15 credits

SMGT 230 Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers, 3 cr.
SMGT 235 Economics in Society and Sustainability, 3 cr.
SMGT 331 Sustainable Organizational Finance, 3 cr.
SMGT 430 International Management for a Sustainable World, 3 cr.

Select one from:
SMGT 335 Management & Environmental Information Systems, 3 cr.
SMGT 350 Operations Management and Sustainability, 3 cr.

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Tuition Fees and Financial Aid

Tuition for this program is the same regardless of where you live. For 2013-14 academic year, the rate is $390 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to an annual increase and are available in late summer. Textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. There are no additional course or program fees.

Visit the Financial Aid office for information on all types of aid, including scholarships

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Admissions Process and Requirements

To begin their program, students must apply for study at UWRF as an undergraduate transfer student for the degree program and as a special undergraduate student for the certificate program. Apply onlinelink.

  • Minimum combined grade point average of 2.0 for college credits taken
  • Completed online application for undergraduate study and paid application fee prior to the fall or spring term

In addition to these requirements, those individuals applying for the bachelor of science degree must also have:

  • Associate degree or evidence of significant progress made toward an associate or bachelor’s degree
  • Prerequisite courses in college algebra, statistics, general chemistry, introductory biology and introductory communications
  • Transcripts sent directly from previous institutions to the UWRF Admissions Office

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Interested in a career in sustainability? Check out the great work that UWRF graduate Maggie Layden is doing for American Family with her degree in Sustainable Management.

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