Sustainable Management

Bachelor of Science Degree or 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 Apply

  • 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 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 for this program is the same regardless of where you live. For tuition rate for the current year, visit 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 (see Cost & Financial Aid). New and current students enrolled in the bachelor of science degree program may also apply for scholarships (see Available Scholarships).

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 online. A successful applicant will have:

  • 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, 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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