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Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making, Bachelor of Arts

Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making, Bachelor of Arts
120 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The interdisciplinary B.A. Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making program integrates coursework from across the sciences, humanities, history, and government and politics, among others. The program allows you to create your own specialized major around the theme of environmental studies. We offer a cohort of passionate professors from many different disciplines, all of whom feel strongly about improving human interactions with the environment. Increasing pressure on the environment, which affects every aspect of our lives, has led to a fast-growing job market for graduates trained in environmental issues.


For more information about admission to this and other undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.


Career Outcomes

Opportunities for professionals with a background in environmental issues continue to grow in business, government, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, and institutions of every size. Students who graduate from the B.A. program in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making develop the research, analytical, and scientific thinking skill necessary for evaluating and reporting environmental impacts and policies, especially as related to economic growth and development. Practical experience gained through academic service learning and internships, as well as mentorship from faculty working in this field help students position themselves for careers in public administration, management, policy, and design and engineering firms, among others. The combination of the undergraduate major and further graduate study opens even more possibilities in writing, business, academia, urban and regional planning, law, education, and public health, just to name a few.

Global Approach to Education

St. John’s offers students an international academic experience through study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at the University’s Rome, Italy campus and Paris, France location. For more information about studying abroad, please visit Global Studies.

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In addition to the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned faculty on research projects, students in the Environmental Studies program may develop academically and professionally by joining the available student clubs, organizations, and honor societies pertaining to their 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. For more information about these sites and specific internship opportunities, please contact the program director, Dianella G. Howarth.

Program News

Michael Andranovich ‘16C and Joseph Costa ‘17C, both undergraduates in the environmental studies program, are working to map the correlation between the presence of heavy metals in water...