B.Sc (Hons.) in Sustainable Development (B.Sc – SD)

This is a first of its kind Bachelor Degree Program in Sustainable Development designed and offered by the Xavier School of Sustainability of Xavier University. This program aims to equip students with values of equity, justice, peace and ecological and ethical sensitivity towards creating a future world which deeply connects nature and humanity.

Programme Focus



E4L - Where E stands for Experience (A 5 credit experiential learning course)

Xavier School of Sustainability presents a unique outbound learning program called E4L for the BSc SD students wherein they spend a working day (Thursday) of a week in an organization as an intern to develop deeper understanding about challenges and opportunities associated with Human Development and Sustainable Development in various sectors of our state, Odisha. Taking 4 days of visit in a month, there are about 20 contact days between the students and organizations through E4L. Students are guided by the host and faculty mentors to come up with their comprehensive learning report.

Some of the organizations who hosted students under E4L are

--Odisha Mining Corporation Limited (OMC)

--Chilika Development Authority (CDA)

--Innovation Cell of Planning and Convergence Department, Govt. of Odisha

--Nandankanan Biological Park

--Odisha Space Application Centre (ORSAC)

--Bakul Foundation

--Open Learning Systems (OLS)

Summer Internship

The Summer Internship intends to equip the students focus on sustainability challenges in industry, government and civil society, and participate in the analysis and the problem solving process.

Capstone Project leading to dissertation ( 10 credits)

Capstone Projects are usually more “experiential” projects where students take what they’ve learned in the class and apply it to examine a specific idea in the form of an action project and write his/her learning.

B.Sc – Sustainable Development (Hons.)
1st Year (Semester I & II)
Semester Course Name Credits
Sem-I (July - December) The Journey of Sustainable Development 5
I Environmental Law & Institutions 5
I Technology for Sustainable Development 5
I Fundamentals of Environmental Science 5
I English Language and Communication 5
Sem-II (January - June) Climate Change and Oceans# (CCO) 5
II Sustainable Energy Systems (EE) 5
II Natural Resource Economics (NRE)* 5
II Agriculture, Water, Nutrition and Sustainability# (ANS) 5
II Principles, Methods of Social Research and Statistics* (SRM) 5
2nd Year (Semester III & IV)
Sem-III (July - December) Remote Sensing and GIS- Fundamentals and Applications^^ (GIS) 5
III Sustainable Cities, Spatial Planning and Mobility 5
III Waste Management 5
III Philosophy of Social Science & Psychology 5
Sem-IV (January - June) Philosophy of Natural Science 5
IV Development and Global Poverty 5
IV Human Development and Social Inclusion 5
IV Gender, Equality and Empowerment 5
IV Governance and Public System Management 5
3rd Year( Semester V & VI)
Sem-V (July - December) Sustainability, Food Security and Mitigation of Hunger 5
V Environmental and Social Impact Assessment 5
V Capstone Project and Dissertation (Part I) 5
V International Law, resource conflict & Peace 5
V Social Innovation for a Sustainable world 5
Sem-VI (January - June) Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Public Health Systems 5
VI Sustainable Consumption and Production 5
VI Water Quality Management 5
VI Sustainable Development Programs: Evaluation & Reporting 5
VI Capstone Project and Dissertation (Part II - Report Submission) 5
Total Credits 150