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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, social science-oriented academic program that offers the advantages of St. John’s community partnerships and local environmental research.

Environmental issues have become central in today’s world. Citizen groups push for sustainable futures for their communities and for the earth. City officials, business consortia, and community organizations strive for economic growth and development that enhances, rather than degrades, the natural environment. Corporations seek to operate in sustainable ways and to respond to environmental concerns voiced by citizens and government. 

All of this activity creates exciting career opportunities in the field of environmental sustainability. This interdisciplinary program is designed to help students build environmentally-centered careers that contribute to a better future.   

As a major in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making, you apply knowledge from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities to approach environmental problems from a variety of perspectives, and to build an understanding of the complex interactions and diverse factors that contribute to decision-making in environmental policy and practice. You also develop the skills necessary for success in the field by engaging with real-world environmental problems in Staten Island and throughoutNew York City.

Contact information

William F. Byrne, Ph.D.
Program Director, Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making
Associate Professor, Government and Politics
DaSilva Academic Center, Room 316
Staten Island Campus
[email protected]


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.

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...