Sustainability - Undergraduate Programs


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MAJORS

BS in Coastal Environmental Studies

Prepare for one of the most important environmental careers of the future—coastal zone management. This rigorous science degree integrates physical and natural sciences together with environmental ethics, policy, and law in order to understand and mitigate the impact of sea level rise on water and land resource use and coastal zone development. Graduates with this degree will be proficient in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, a skill sought by government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

BA in Ecosystems and Human Impact

Human beings take the environment for granted. We threaten the air, water, and wildlife with the way we live on planet Earth. This major examines natural ecosystems and how they function or degrade in the face of potential threats from humans. We also look at the “services” these ecosystems provide: food, shelter, and purifying our water and air. (Did you know 25 percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from microscopic algae floating in lakes and oceans?) Students in this program are prepared to go on to law or graduate school or work in conservation.

BA in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning

Must we live with the traffic congestion created by suburban sprawl? As people push outward from our cities, is there any way to preserve open space and manage urbanization? This program focuses on the built environment, culminating in a degree that opens the door to working on land-use planning and design, community redevelopment, real estate development, and landscape architecture.

BA in Environmental Humanities

How does our understanding of Native American fiction help us to better grasp environmental issues? What does the history of human settlement on Long Island have to do with our present-day relationship to nature? This major integrates disciplines from social sciences and the humanities, including writing, literature, philosophy, history, anthropology, archaeology, and art and architectural history, to prepare students for careers in nature education, museum work, community organizing, literacy education, advocacy, business, writing, and the arts. Students may also choose to pursue advanced degrees in literature, journalism, education, social work, the arts, social sciences, and law.

BA in Sustainability Studies

When we produce goods, how much—and how quickly—are we consuming natural resources in order to keep production flowing? When political decisions are made in the name of progress,” how do they affect future generations? You’ll also learn about viable economic activities that are ecologically sound and socially just. This degree can lead to careers in eco-tourism, law, business, economic development, or energy conservation.

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MINORS

Minor in Ecosystems and Human Impact

The Ecosystems and Human Impact minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a coherent set of courses emphasizing the interaction between humans and ecosystems from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Minor in Environmental Design, Policy and Planning

The Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a foundation in complex scientific, legal, ethical, political, environmental, and socio-economic issues that surround the development, management, and use of the built environment.

Minor in Sustainability Studies

The Sustainability Studies minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a foundation in the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability.

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OTHER PROGRAMS

BS in Business Management with a Specialization in Sustainable Business

Companies need employees who can align day-to-day corporate operations with “green” values. This degree offers a solid foundation in business, with an understanding of how business impacts the environment. Students will acquire career skills that lead to diverse, innovative managerial and professional positions in all areas of business, while they get an education in the fundamentals of sustainability.

Fast Track BA/BS-MBA Program

Stony Brook's Sustainability Program and Stony Brook's College of Business have joined together to offer you the opportunity to earn your four-year undergraduate degree and a two-year MBA in our five-year Fast Track BA/BS-MBA Program.

Minor in Business Management

With a focus on environmental sustainability, the Stony Brook Sustainability Program's minor in Business Management can provide you with a solid foundation of essential business concepts and applications.

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