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Sustainability Studies

Bachelor of Science

In this major, students address the essential question of sustainability: How can we best live without degrading our life-support system and create conditions that nurture the flourishing of other beings and of future generations? To do this, students majoring in Sustainability examine both the environmental systems upon which we depend and the modern social structures that can either support or degrade our relationships with nature and each other. Students consider technological, social, and ethics-based approaches intended to promote more a harmonious and sustainable human-nature relationship.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

48 credits


  • ISENST 120 Principles of Sustainability

Choose one introductory environmental course:

  • IIENST 110 Food, Health, and the Environment
  • IIENST 150 Global Environmental Change
  • IIENST 151 Environment of Central New England
  • ISENST 205 Environmental Geography

Core. Complete all, earning a grade of C or higher in all courses:

  • INENST 201 Earth Cycles & Systems or ENST 252 Ecology of a Changing Planet
  • ISENST 203 Globalization, Culture and Place or ENST 253 Environmental Governance
  • ISECON 372 Ecological Economics or ENST 393 Sustainability for Organizations

Capstone. Complete both:

  • ENST 395 Seminar I
  • ENST 495 Seminar II

Skills elective. Choose one:

  • ARCH 260 Sustainable Design and Building Science
  • BIO 313 Population and Community Ecology
  • ENST 323 Mapping Nature with GIS
  • ENST 325 Mapping Social Patterns – GIS
  • MGT 215 215 Accounting for Sustainable Business
  • ISMGT 383 Applied Data Analysis and Visualization
  • IIPHYS 342 Data Analysis for Scientists
  • IIPSYC 172 Intro to Restorative Practice
  • SPDI 304 Materials: A Life-Cycle View

Disciplinary elective. Choose one course not already used to meet another requirement:

  • ARCH 260 Sustainable Design and Building Science
  • ARCH 360 Solar Design and Building Science II
  • ISECON 372 Ecological Economics
  • INENST 300 Geoscience Issues and Society
  • IIENST 302 Apocalypse Science and Society
  • INENST 303 Life Sust. in Earth’s History
  • INENST 320 Earth’s Climate: Past and Future
  • INENST 381 Farming with Nature in Mind
  • ISENST 382 Environmental Advocacy
  • INENST 383 Rethinking Energy
  • HGS 261 The United States and Genocide
  • HGS 370 Indigenous Genocides
  • HIST 360 Natives and Newcomers in North America
  • IIJRN 268 Environmental Issues and the Media
  • SPDI 304 Materials: A Life-Cycle View
  • IISPDI 360 Sustainable by Design

Upper-level Electives. Choose three courses at the 300 level or above in Environmental Studies & Sustainability (ENST), excluding ISP courses. A student may request that one course from a different discipline be applied toward this requirement. This can be managed by the department through the course substitution process.

Only six courses used to meet a student’s requirements for a B.S. in Environmental Studies can be applied toward completion of a B.S. in Sustainability Studies.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level