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Sustainability is a growing field in both the public and private sectors. The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making integrates coursework from across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, among others to prepare you for opportunities in a rapidly evolving global community.
This program, which is grounded in St. John’s Vincentian Mission, combines science and policy, helping you acquire the skills you need to solve today’s complex environmental sustainability problems. Environmental catastrophes disproportionately affect poor people in underdeveloped regions. As a graduate of the B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making, you will be a leader in addressing social injustice and its impact around the world. You may also pursue a pathway to the M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making.
Professor, Biological Sciences
For more information about admission to this and other undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.
To earn the B.S. in Environmental Science, you complete the major sequence and 19 elective credits in addition to your core requirements.
You must complete all of the following:
You may choose from among the following:
Sustainability is a growing field in both the private and public sectors, with job opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. As a graduate with an B.S. in Environmental Science, you will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving global community, directly related to the vision and mission of St. John’s.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the job outlook for environmental scientists and specialists will grow by 11 percent (faster than average) through 2024. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies environmental Science as one of the top five projected highest paid mathematics and science majors at the master’s degree level. Coupled with projected growth in “green” jobs, this data shows that the B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making is a key opportunity for students interested in environmental sustainability.
Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural and social sciences to protect human and environmental health. Some act as researchers analyzing environmental problems and developing solutions. Others work at the policy level in governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Still others work in the private sector for consulting firms that help companies comply with regulations and policies.
Whether your focus is in science or policy, the B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making will help you develop the knowledge base, professional experience, and background in research to achieve your individual career goals.
St. John’s offers an international academic experience through study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. You can live and learn at the University’s Rome, Italy campus and Paris, France location. For more information about studying abroad, please visit Global Education.
In addition to the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned faculty on research projects, you may develop academically and professionally by joining the available student clubs, organizations, and honor societies pertaining to your major.
The Earth Club works to improve the environment and build campus awareness of environmental issues. Club members participate in the University’s Organic Food Garden and help recycle through technologies such as the A500 Rocket® model food composter, which St. John’s is the first university to implement.
Environmental Studies students also gain practical experience from program field trips to Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) Wetlands Nature Preserve and Windmill Pond Ecological Restoration Project, as well as through internships at leading agencies and corporations throughout the metropolitan area.
Nytia Jenkins, a student in the M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making program in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently served as an AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Summer Associate assigned to the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC).