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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
Staten Island Campus


The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making on the Staten Island campus is a distinctive interdisciplinary academic program that offers the advantages of St. John’s community partnerships and local environmental research, preparing you for success in non-profit, educational, and governmental career fields. As a major in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making, you will apply knowledge from the social sciences and humanities to solve environmental problems, to understand how we interact with our physical world, and to design protocols preventing its destruction. You learn first-hand about environmental impacts, and the importance of environmental policy to economic growth and development.

This unique program offers access to Staten Island’s “living labs” for applied research, field-based learning, and internships: the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy, New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Snug Harbor Heritage Farm, the New York City Department of Sanitation Compost Project, and other local and regional environmental organizations.


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 skills 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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