Academics at Prescott College

Concentration:
Sustainability Science and Practice

Concentration:
Sustainability Science and Practice

Our primary twenty-first century challenge is to transform human civilization to reflect patterns of sustainability and regeneration naturally occurring on Earth. You can join our students and graduates who are on the leading edge of a surging community-based response spanning the physical, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. Prescott College students create organizations, businesses, institutions and communities that function sustainably; craft curricula that infuse concepts of sustainability throughout the educational experience; design systems, practices, and infrastructures that are regenerative and inspired by nature; deconstruct conventional economic systems of valuation and exchange; produce alternatives to industrialized agricultural systems proposing rejuvenating, healthful, local, and organic alternatives; and advance resource-use efficiencies to promote the development of renewable energy. Our students advance the field through such their work as sustainability coordinators, entrepreneurs, consultants and advisor-educators to name a few.

Sustainability Management 

Our Sustainability Management emphasis will challenge and train you in the science and art of coordinating collaborative strategies towards the creation of innovative and optimal performance practices.  Such performance, found within highly functioning businesses, organizations and communities, can be sustainable when guided by the triple bottom line that champions environmental health, social justice, and economic vitality.  Your study will provide you with the opportunity to gain familiarity with key sustainability management theories, bases and methods; develop insight into how sustainability performance is guided by diverse stakeholder values; engage diverse stakeholders with a shared vision of complex and adaptive priorities; and practice planning and implementation techniques for triple bottom line sustainability initiatives.

As with all of the Master of Arts programs, you are invited and challenged to create individualized mentored courses to individualize your degree plan.  Additionally, the following instructor-led courses are offered:

  • New Economics of Strong Sustainability 
  • Systems Thinking for Environmental and Social Change 
  • Financial Accounting and Integrated Reporting 
  • Dynamic Meeting, Project and Process Management 
  • Management, Organizational Development and Leadership 
  • Regulatory and Voluntary Standards for Management

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Ecological Designer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Preserve Manager
  • Sustainability Project Manager

Faculty & Mentor Guides

Faculty & Mentor Guides

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies

Environmental Studies Students Watching Dolphins in Kino Bay

The Kino Bay Center is Prescott College’s field station on the shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. Each year the Kino Bay Center hosts over 450 researchers, students, resident fellows and community visitors from dozens of institutions and community groups from Mexico, the United States and other parts of the world.


The Kino Bay Center facilitates, supports and integrates collaborative efforts promoting sustainable use and conservation of resources in the culturally and biologically rich Midriff Island Region of the Gulf of California. The mission of the Kino Bay Center is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center provides high quality opportunities for experiential and field-based education to contribute to research and conservation in the region and to build capacity within local communities for participation in conservation and sustainable development. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges. 

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Natural History Institute

Natural History Institute Mural

The Natural History Institute at Prescott College is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary study of natural history. All students, visitors, and area residents are invited to utilize the Institute as a place to collaborate on projects, share information, pursue research questions and ecological curiosities, and become inspired to better know the world around them.

Resources offered to students and community patrons of the Natural History Institute include:

• Exhibits on art, science, and culture, including the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection of historically significant natural history art
• Guest lectures
• Research support
• Outdoor programming
• Archives of field notes and slides from the binational Southwest
• Digital and physical collections of plant, insect, bird and rock specimens of the Mogollon Highlands and adjacent ecoregions

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River Studies and Leadership Certificate

The River Studies and Leadership Certificate is designed to offer undergraduate students—who have become inspired to join the next generation of river professionals—a foundation of knowledge, skills, and experience in river-based science, policy, conservation, education, and recreation.  Undergraduate students are awarded this certificate by the River Management Society after they have successfully completed a cogent package of river-focused coursework and a river-related professional project.

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees