Sustainability & Environmental Studies


Sustainability & Environmental Studies (SES) is home for those students who are passionate about extending their knowledge and skills toward sustaining whole communities for generations to come. Students choose to focus on one of two distinct tracks, both rooted in a commitment to helping people understand and appreciate that their well-being is inextricably connected to the health of the natural world.

Sustainable Community Development (SCD) Track

Students engage in studies and experiential learning  toward mastering knowledge and skill-sets that span four core content areas designed to support comprehensive and balanced knowledge of communities and their ecological, psychological, social, spiritual, and physical dynamics. Community-based research and outreach are emphasized.

Students have created degrees in Sustainable Community Development with emphasis in these areas, among others:

Sustainable Community Regenerative Development
Sustainable Community and Human Development

Environmental Studies (ES) Track

Students have created degrees in Environmental Studies with emphasis in these areas, among others:
Conservation Biology
Earth Science
Ecological Design
Environmental Education
Environmental Policy
Human Ecology
Marine Studies
Natural History and Ecology

Students who enroll in Environmental Studies may choose to focus their degree in related areas such as Environmental Education, Agro-ecology, Environmental Policy, and Natural History, among others. These students master knowledge and skills in  biological and earth sciences, field research methods, holistic management of natural resources at small and large scales, understanding of the dynamics of environmental policy-making at various jurisdictional frames, and communicating with and educating members of the public and stakeholder groups to invite their participation in caring stewardship of the natural world.

SES Skills & Careers

To sustain natural systems or neighborhoods, dense urban spheres and sparsely populated rural areas, students are invited to a process of deepening skills in diplomacy, which includes observation and diagnosis of the relative well-being (or its lack) of a human or natural community; ability to gather pertinent data from a region of interest, including participation by residents; completing analysis of research toward community-based solutions; communicating to members of the community all phases of problem identification and solution processes; leading participatory solution-making among stakeholders in a community; and serving the public in ways that helps them to become experts and mentors of succeeding generations of community members toward sustaining the many generations to come of human and other-than-human members of the community.

Limited-Residency Undergraduate Program Students with degrees in Sustainability & Environmental Studies have found livelihoods as managers of non-profit agencies in social services and conservation spheres; facilitators of community-based learning institutions both public and private; coordinators of public affairs in municipal government; liaisons for energy and water resource agencies; and educators and writers for conservation and government land management entities.

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