Sustainability Society and Resource Management

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Change the world, one sustainable solution at a time with Pittsburg State University’s Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree program in Sustainability, Society and Resource Management (SSRM). Our unique interdisciplinary undergraduate program provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and hands-on experience required for effective resource management in today’s complex world. As a sustainability professional, you’ll be able to help employers conserve resources, improve operational efficiency; create new, more environmentally and socially responsible technologies or services; educate stakeholders about environmental and social issues, and facilitate outreach, planning and programming. Improve life for future generations; earn a SSRM degree from Pitt State.

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  • About Emphasis
  • Career Options
  • Internship opportunities

Pittsburg State University’s Bachelors of Integrated Studies (BIS) degree In Sustainability, Society & Resource Management (SSRM) is the only program of its kind in the State of Kansas. This is a high-contact degree program between faculty and students within the departments of biology, geography, and communication.

Our students learn through a variety of approaches, including classroom instruction, field exercises, and hands-on laboratory experiences. Students who successfully complete the SSRM degree program are environmentally conscious individuals who genuinely want to make a positive difference in the world around them. We encourage our students to explore their own unique sustainability interest areas.

Successful graduates will be qualified for employment in a broad range of private enterprise, government agencies and non-profit organizations in the various natural resources fields, and will be well-equipped for graduate studies.

Examples of sustainability related positions include:

  • City & local government, environmental impact analysts
  • Environmental scientists
  • Business operations specialists
  • Conservation scientists
  • Wildlife manager
  • Urban planners
  • Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
  • Soil & plant scientists
  • Community development analyst
  • Industrial production managers
  • Sustainability directors and coordinators
  • Sustainability educators
  • Corporate sustainability trainers
  • And much more

Our SSRM program encourages undergraduate research engagement.  SSRM students have access to the resources and technology of the GIS Lab in Geography, and the Communication Research Lab. Internships are encouraged but not required for this degree program. Upper undergraduate course credit is available to students who choose to complete an internship.

About Interdisciplinary Programs Department

Combining two or more areas of study, interdisciplinary studies programs give our students more flexibility in choosing their coursework. If you know exactly what you want to do or want to explore how your different interests connect, earn your BIS degree. An interdisciplinary studies degree is the best way to meet your personal and professional goals.

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