BA in Sustainability Studies

farm.jpgThe Sustainability Studies major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to understand and address the environmental, social, political, economic and ethical issues related to the transformation of our current societies to ones that are sustainable. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities.

The major builds on the interdisciplinary core curriculum offered at Stony Brook University's Sustainability Program. Students will enroll in major-specific courses in their junior and senior year. As part of the preparation, students will work in teams with students enrolled in related majors to collaboratively solve problems. Students are encouraged to take advantage of internships, project courses, independent research, and field courses to gain real-world experience. 


One course passed with a C- may be applied to the major; all other courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.

Please click here for the Major Checklist of courses for the SUS major.  To contact the faculty director of the major please email:

To find out more about jobs relating to this major, please click here to visit the Career Center webpage for the SUS major.

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A: Foundation Courses (32-33 credits)

1. MAT 131-C or MAT 125-C
2. ECO 108-F Introduction to Economics
3. POL 102-F, 4 Introduction to American Government
4. PHI 104 -B Introduction to Moral Reasoning
5. SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability Studies
6. SBC 115 Intro to Human Demographics
7. SBC 201 Systems and Models
8. SBC 205 Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
9. SBC 206-F Economics and Sustainability
10. SBC 113-E Physical Geography
11. BIO 201-E  Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
12. ENV 115-E Chemistry, Life, Environment or CHE 115

B. Career and Leadership Skills (6 credits)

1. CSK 102 Career Leadership Skills: Working in Teams
2. CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication.

Two of the following courses, each 1 credit:                     

1. CSK 101 Career Leadership Skills: Advocacy and Change
2. CSK 104 Career Leadership Skills: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
3. CSK 105 Career Leadership Skills: Leadership
4. CSK 106 Communication Methods and Strategies
5. CSK 107 Assessment 

C. Core Courses (27 credits)


1. SUS 302 - Integrative Assessment Models
2. PHI 366 - G - Philosophy and the Environment or SUS 301, Environmental Ethics

Required seven (7) three-credit courses with a minimum of one (1) course in each of the following five groups:

Group 1: Physical Environment and Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources

1. ENV 304-H Environmental Global Change
2. ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science
3. SUS 342-H Energy and Mineral Resource
4. EHI 342-H Materials in Natural and Human Environment
5. EHI 343 Sustainable Natural Resources
6. GEO 313 - H Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century

Group 2: Ecology

1. EHI 310 Preservation and Restoration of Ecosystems
2. EHI 311 Ecosystem-Based Management
3. BIO 351 Ecology

Group 3: Human Population

1. SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability
2. SBC 310 Migration, Development and Population Redistribution
3. EHI 321 Human Reproductive Ecology

Group 4: Economics

1. EDP 303 Spatial Economics
2. SUS 306 Business and Sustainability
3. SUS 307 Environmental Economics and Management
4. SUS 308 Economic Development

Group 5:  Environment, Policy and Society

1. SUS 305-F Collective Action and Advocacy
2. SBC 307-K, 4 Environmental History of North America
3. SBC 309 - Global Environmental Politics 
4. SBC 311-H Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
5. SBC 312-F Environment, Society, and Health
6. EDP 305-H Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development
7. SUS 341-H Environmental Treatises and Protocols
8. SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability
9. SUS 487 Research
10. SBC 488 Internship

D. Systems Courses (3 credits)

One course selected from the two choices below:

1. SBC 401 Integrative, Collaborative Systems Project
2. ENV 301-H Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens

E. Upper Division Writing Requirement

Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students. In addition to CSK 302, these skills will be developed within the context of other formal coursework and no additional credits are required. To meet the upper-division writing requirement, students must submit two papers from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the faculty director of the SUS major.

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