Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability:

Securing the future of the environment and world

Today’s world faces a myriad of environmental issues related to whether we can sustain ourselves and our civilization into the indefinite future.  Sustainability has come to mean guiding human enterprises in ways that do not damage the environment’s ability to meet human needs.

The Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Sustainability is an interdisciplinary program that provides a strong foundation in sciences, social sciences, and economics to study environmental and sustainability issues while emphasizing field work.

The bachelor degree program exposes students to environmental and sustainability challenges such as:

  • growing depletion of resources
  • climate change
  • problems posed by invasive species
  • loss of wildlife
  • loss of commercial fisheries,
  • exposure to toxic chemicals and
  • rapidly expanding population

The world will be your classroom.  Through on-site studies, field work and a full-year of independent research or internships, students will gain a solid foundation in environmental and sustainability studies.   The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability at Mount Ida College prepares students for many career paths and trains them on identifying and studying the issues we face, the difficulties of dealing with them, and ways of seeking solutions.

Our environmental sustainability program combines environmental sustainability with additional foundations in social sciences and economics. Students will take courses covering topics like:

  • Environmental science
  • Science & technology in society
  • Current issues in sustainability
  • Environmentalism
  • Sustainable gardening and landscaping
  • Green chemistry
  • Geographical information systems
  • Human geography
  • Micro- and macro-economics
  • Public policy
  • Conflict and communication

The environmental sustainability degree requires 123 credits broken down as follows:

63 credits in science, including 43 credits in environmental sustainability

45 credits in business, math, arts and humanities

15 credits open electives

Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sustainability are prepared for working as environmental professionals specialized in protecting the environment, managing resources and solving environmental problems. Graduates may pursue careers in industry, government, and non-profit organizations that focus on environmental and sustainability advocacy, management or policy making. The program also prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in the field of environmental sustainability or policy making