Global Sustainability Science

The aim of the study program is that graduates transport the knowledge and solution strategies gained during their studies as "change agents" into economic, scientific, political and civil society processes and initiate their implementation. Through the joint transatlantic studies with students from Arizona State University, and especially through the integrated semester abroad at Arizona State University, complementary specialist knowledge as well as intercultural and language skills are acquired.

This increasingly relevant knowledge and skills prepare students for the professional demands of sustainability scientists of the next generations.

    Career Fields

    Students are prepared both for employment in internationally active institutions and organizations and for an academic career. Depending on their individual academic profile, graduates have a wide range of professional opportunities, such as

    • in inter- and transdisciplinary research contexts,
    • in leading positions in the economy,
    • in public administrations,
    • with national and international organizations,
    • in political consulting.
    • Environmental Protection / Research
    • Renewable Energies
    • Consulting / Assessment
    • Public Relations/ Foundations/ Institutes
    • Education / Adult Education
    • Research Facilities / Think Tanks

    Environmental Protection / Research

    • Waste officer: Advises operators and employees in matters that are important for waste prevention and waste management
    • Geo-ecologist: Investigates the impact of humans on ecosystems and develops concepts for a responsible approach to nature, for the avoidance of environmental pollution, for the remediation of wastewater, soil and air, and for the preservation or restoration of habitats
    • Water Pollution Control Officer: Controls and monitors wastewater facilities and wastewater treatment processes in legally defined companies and advises operators and employees
    • Immission Control Officer: Advises plant operators or their representatives on all issues of importance for immission control, taking into account the respective operational conditions, with the aim of minimizing environmentally harmful immissions through appropriate operational procedures and technical processes
    • Toxicologist: Is responsible for the monitoring of ecotoxicological studies, up to the preparation of ecotoxicological risk assessments for chemical substances such as pesticide
    • Environmental Analyst: Investigates direct and indirect effects of chemicals on the environment
    • Environmental Management Representative: Ensures that the legal requirements for in-house environmental protection are met
    • Environmental Protection Laboratory Technician: Examines water, waste, soil and air samples for pollutant contamination and compliance with prescribed limits
    • Environmental Manager: Carries out technical environmental protection measures, e.g. in water and waste management, immission control, noise and soil protection. In doing so, he/she deals with administrative procedures and examines environmental law issues.
    • Environmental Scientist: Monitors and analyses environmentally relevant processes, assesses ecological risks and carries out environmental impact assessments

    Renewable Energies

    • Energy consultant: Informs private households and commercial enterprises in economic and technical terms about economical and environmentally friendly energy use
    • Climate Protection Manager: Coordinates municipal activities and projects to save energy and emissions and informs the public about climate protection measures

    Consulting / Assessment

    • Waste Adviser: Informs companies, private households, authorities and local political bodies, clubs, associations, schools and kindergartens about the implementation of measures for waste prevention, recycling and disposal
    • Urban and regional Planner: Plans the design of landscapes and cities with consideration of environmental protection and nature conservation
    • Tourism Manager: Performs organizational, marketing and management tasks, especially in companies in the tourism industry. As a graduate in sustainability sciences, he/she can take on an advisory function with regard to a more sustainable design in tourism
    • Management Consultant: As an external service provider, he/she analyses the processes and structures in companies, e.g. to keep the company's impact on the environment as low as possible.
    • Environmental Auditor: Plans and carries out internal audits according to the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). In addition, he/she checks compliance with the relevant requirements regarding the company's environmental policy
    • Environmental Auditor: Certifies organizations according to the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and provides expert opinions on the quality of a company's so-called environmental performance
    • Environmental Economist: Plans, organizes and monitors concepts for environmentally compatible economic activity. He/she works, for example, in public administration, engineering offices or companies
    • Consumer Advisor: Informs, advises and supports consumers in questions of consumption
    • Traffic Planner: Develops traffic facilities and systems to optimize traffic processes. Here, a special focus can be placed on the ecological compatibility of traffic planning

    Public Relations/ Foundations/ Institutes

    • Campagner: Develops strategies and projects on sustainability issues, e.g. for non-profit organizations. He/she plans and implements actions and represents the organization externally
    • Expert for environment and sustainability in PR departments: plans, develops and implements measures to promote the image of companies, authorities, associations and other institutions
    • Online editor: Prepares texts for Internet / online presences, e.g. for political magazines
    • Project manager for environmental projects of foundations/NGOs: Supervises projects from conception to technical and organizational implementation within the framework of defined specifications
    • Environmental Journalist: Writes about sustainability-related topics, e.g. for political magazines

    Education / Adult Education

    • Expert in the field of education/adult education: There are various professional opportunities for sustainability scientists in the field of education, for example in the field of school-based or vocational environmental education. A further focus is on education for sustainable development. In addition to teaching activities, the department is also responsible for developing concepts and organizing and conducting courses and seminars. The production of educational materials also falls into this area of responsibility. These posts can be located in both government and private institutions. These include:
    • Associations, clubs, foundations and corporations
    • Research institutions
    • Political organizations.
    • Lecturer at universities and academies: independently designs and conducts courses. He/she also works on scientific research projects.
    • Speaker for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for multipliers: Exert indirect influence with the help of multipliers who, through their professional or social position, influence the masses and can act as catalysts for ESD.

    Research Facilities / Think Tanks

    • Sustainability Scientist: Is specially trained for interdisciplinary research and transdisciplinary cooperation. Not only interdisciplinary research projects can be a later field of activity, but also the moderation of processes between science and practice (transdisciplinarity).
    • Research Assistant: Works in research institutions that are either supported by scientific academies and universities or financed by non-profit organizations. Activities in research institutions include, for example, the acquisition of research funds, the concrete implementation of research projects and their publication.