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Environmental Studies and Sustainability, BA

The School for the Environment's nationally recognized Environmental Studies and Sustainability program emphasizes solutions integrating the humanities and social sciences with economics and business. As environmental and sustainability advocates, students customize their course of study, drawing from such diverse fields as anthropology, law, history, management, economics, and the sciences. In addition to coursework, this hands-on degree incorporates internships, research, cooperative education, and capstone course experiences in which students work as members of a multi-disciplinary team partnered with agencies and organizations throughout the Boston metropolitan area.

What You Can Do with a Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability

With an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and sustainability, students graduate with an understanding of the interconnectedness of natural and human systems and how these connections can enable sustainable practices in organizations, communities, and individuals. Alumni from this program work as sustainability officers for corporations and nonprofits; as advocates and communication specialists for industry and government; and as researchers developing new pathways to sustainability for the organizations with which they work. Alumni are also well positioned for graduate level studies.

What You Can Take

Course requirements for a BA in environmental studies and sustainability comprise a total of 120 academic credits, at least 30 of which must be taken at UMass Boston. In addition to UMass Boston general education requirements, students take introductory courses in environmental science and policy, a statistical analysis course, social science, humanities, environmental communication, and natural resource courses dealing with human interactions with the natural world, seminars on conflict resolution, professional development, and emerging environmental issues. All students complete a senior research capstone experience.

What You Will Learn

After completing your requirements in the BA in environmental studies and sustainability you will have a firm grounding in the multiple fields that contribute to advancing our understanding of the human-natural systems connections. You will have the critical thinking skills necessary to communicate complexity and the analytical skills required to advance new programs, policies, and communication strategies in support of a sustainable future.

Program Contact

For more information contact our undergraduate programs coordinator Dr. Elizabeth Boyle (; 1.617.287.4756)

Current and Prospective Students should also visit AASC@SFE to learn more about our Student Success programs, internships, research opportunities, and more.

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