Feb 21, 2020
Director: Padmini Das, Ph.D.
Sustainable living is a necessity if humans intend to avoid extinction. This program provides a comprehensive academic curriculum for people who want to become informed decision-makers and participate in the transformation toward a sustainable society. These decisions must be based on an understanding of the three pillars of sustainability: ecology, economics and social-political aspects. This multidisciplinary major provides a core of required science and sustainability courses with two tracks: (1) Ecology and Natural Resources; (2) Economics, Green Business, Policy, and Law. Environmental research or internship is a unique feature of the program and is included in all tracks. The program prepares students for endless career opportunities in government or private sector jobs as environmental scientist, engineer, or manager, or for pursuing research in graduate studies so they can participate in the global revolution toward sustainable living on the earth.
Note: See list of Minors for related minors in Bioethics, Biology, Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical - Minor and Pre-Veterinary
Core Curriculum Requirements
All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures for specific core curriculum requirements.
Environmental Science Core
The foundation of this multidisciplinary program is based on the fundamentals of different disciplines of science. Some of these courses are also part of the Nazareth College core curriculum; these courses include a “Q” in the prefix.
Environmental Science & Sustainability Tracks
Along with core requirements, students choose one of the following two tracks. Two semesters of environmental research in SCI 450 can replace one upper level elective.
Ecology and Natural Resource Track
Take any three of the four courses with lab as required. Note - BIO 251 does not require a lab.
Economics, Green Business, Policy, Law Track
Take any four of the five courses listed below.
Semester Abroad Opportunities
An understanding through authentic, experience-based learning about other countries of the world is essential for the understanding and participation in global sustainability. Nazareth College students can participate in two study-abroad programs that address sustainability. A semester of study in Costa Rica focusing on the sustainability of tropical forest ecology is available through AIFS and course selection with the academic advisor will insure that a full semester of courses will transfer to Nazareth College. The Nazareth College Berlin Program provides an academic and experiential opportunity with courses in economics, sustainable practices in Europe, and the politics of achieving sustainability. A full semester of seventeen credits includes an intensive course in the German language as well as liberal arts electives plus an internship (applied toward BIO 483). More information on these opportunities can be found on the Biology Department, Study Abroad Opportunities web page.
Scientific Communication and Research Courses/Capstone
Interwoven throughout the curriculum is a four-semester course sequence focusing on scientific communication and research. For Environmental Science and Sustainability majors, the Scientific Communication courses are key components of the core curriculum. Students need to take all three of the following courses as part of their science core curriculum.
Environmental Science and Sustainability Sample Program: Ecology & Natural Resource Track
Summer between Sophomore and Junior Year
- SCI 420 - Advanced Scientific Communication Credits: 2
- Integrative Studies Credits: 3
- Core Milestone Experience Credits: 3
- All remaining track courses Credits: variable
- Research, internship, or project-based courses Credits: 3-6