Sustainable Management

Bachelor of Science Degree or Professional Certificates

This online program will 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. This program is designed for individuals with an associate degree who want to complete their bachelor's degree and are passionate about a healthy environment, strong profitability and vital communities coexisting now and in the future.


  • All courses are provided online. There are no campus visits or face-to-face meeting requirements. 

  • You can start your program at anytime and take classes as a full-time or part-time student.

  • A personal consultation will determine how your previous college credits may be applied to your degree.

  • Choose to either complete a bachelor's degree or professional certificates in two key areas.

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Program Curriculum

For the bachelor's degree, you would add up to 60 transferable credits or your associate degree from an accredited institution to your degree plan and then take the following required courses for a total of 123 credits. The two certificates only require the courses listed below.

Bachelor of Science Degree

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 (MATH 146 or equivalent)
  • Statistics (MATH 216,MATH 226, ECON 226 or equivalent)
  • General Chemistry (any UWRF Chemistry course or equivalent)
  • Introductory Biology (any UWRF Biology course or equivalent)
  • Introductory Communications (COMS 101, COMS 116 or equivalent)
Professional Certificates

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 is $390 per credit for the sustainable management classes. Tuition rates for other courses are available at Student Billing. Textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. Students who take at least six credits each term may be eligible for financial assistance.

New and current students enrolled in the bachelor of science degree program may also apply for scholarships (see Available Scholarships).

Admissions Process and Requirements

A successful applicant will have:

  • minimum combined grade point average of 2.0 for college credits taken;

  • completed online application for undergraduate study; and

  • prerequisite courses in college algebra, statistics, general chemistry, introductory biology and introductory communications.

In addition to these requirements, 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; and

  • transcripts sent directly from previous institutions to the UWRF Admissions Office, 112 South Hall, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022 or by email to

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For More Information

Angela Whitaker
Outreach Program Manager
715-425-3261 or