The degree in Sustainability (SUST) allows students to develop a broad, interdisciplinary education, while also achieving focused expertise in a career field. With a curriculum that integrates the natural sciences, technology, economics, policy, ethics, and other fields, students are able to pursue either a BS or a BA degree, and undertake focused study on topics such as alternative energy, pollution, conservation, public policy and law, and sustainability management in business and industry.Professors from every School in the University, from Arts and Humanities, to Business, to Public Health, and Social Sciences teach courses in the degree. This is one of only a handful of Sustainability degree programs in the nation, and is in keeping with Stockton’s long-standing commitment to environmental education.
About the Program
The Sustainability degree offers exciting opportunities to Stockton students, and complements the University’s nationally-recognized programs in Environmental Science and Marine Science. Stockton has long been an environmental innovator, with the nation’s largest geothermal system, a pioneering Aquifer Thermal Energy System, and extensive solar energy production on campus. Such resources make the campus an ideal learning environment for such studies. And, with a focus on community engagement and experiential learning, the program expects students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in communities and businesses across the state as they learn.
Dr. Patrick R. Hossay
Associate Professor of Sustainability
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- The curriculum incorporates a broad conceptual education with the hands-on practices and the skills needed in industry and demanded by employers.
- The curriculum is filled with opportunities for community engagement and experiential learning.
- Students are required to complete coursework in technology and design, physics, chemistry, mathematics, policy, economics and other areas before they begin their specialized concentrations.
- Required concentration options focus on preparing students for professional careers.
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The study of Sustainability is focused on the sociopolitical, economic, ethical, and scientific efforts that help bring human existence into balance with the natural world. A degree in Sustainability helps prepare students to define a more just, verdant, healthy and environmentally-sound future.
The Sustainability program has multiple possible concentrations of study; and every student is required to select a concentration.
- B.A. Sustainability - Concentration in Policy & Economy
- B.A. Sustainability - Concentration in Sustainability Management
- B.S. Sustainability - Concentration in Agroecology
- B.S. Sustainability - Concentration in Energy
- B.S. Sustainability - Concentration in Policy
- Energy Certificate
S.A.V.E. Stockton Action Volunteers for the Environment
S.A.V.E. is the oldest New Jersey student run environmental organization. It was organized in 1974 and promotes change in the environment for the benefit of Stockton and the wider community through education about environmental issues, utilization of the knowledge gained to educate others and environmental action. For more information you can contact one of our Environmental Studies Professor.
Learn more about the sustainability program ELO's. These essential learning outcomes guide all Stockton University students from first-year through graduation to the intellectual and marketable talents needed to prepare for personal and professional success in the 21st century.
The Sustainability program answers a growing demand by employers for professionals with specialized training in sustainability. As industry and businesses develop a greater interest in their green profile, and as alternative energy and conservation gain prominence, the need for sustainability professionals has grown sharply. This program will help students serve that pressing need. Graduates in Sustainability work across the spectrum, in public agencies, nonprofit organizations, industry, business, public advocacy, education and many other fields. In addition to the concentration, a certificate in Energy Studies is offered.
Sample list of potential careers:
Employment in life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, and will result in about 68,200 new jobs. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research, psychology, energy management, and environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have wage data specifically for sustainability occupations. The table below shows median annual wages in May 2011 for scientist occupations that include sustainability professionals. The wages shown are median annual wages for the United States as a whole; wages vary by employer and location.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Office of Institutional Research collects information on where our alumni land within six months of graduation. To learn more about Sustainability alumni, use the Graduate Outcomes tool.
- Using the down arrow, uncheck 'All' and select 'Sustainability'
The connections you made with your professors and preceptors are invaluable resources for your career planning. Beyond providing assistance on coursework and scheduling, they can give you guidance in planning for your post-college career.
In addition, we have a student Career Center that is available to guide you through your career development journey - from CV writing, interview prep or general guidance.