Sustainability Program Description

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Sustainability (SUST)

The degree in Sustainability allows students to develop a broad, interdisciplinary education, while also achieving focused expertise in a career field. With a curriculum that integrates the natural sciences, technology, economics, policy, ethics, and other fields, students are able to pursue either a BS or a BA degree, and undertake focused study on topics such as alternative energy, pollution, conservation, public policy and law, and sustainability management in business and industry.

Professors from across the college developed the degree's innovative curriculum; and faculty members from every School in the college, from Arts and Humanities, to Business, to Public Health, and Social Sciences teach courses in the degree.

This is one of only a handful of Sustainability degree programs in the nation, and is in keeping with Stockton’s long-standing commitment to environmental education. The Sustainability degree offers new opportunities to the Stockton students, and complements the College’s nationally-recognized programs in Environmental Science and Marine Science. Stockton has long been an environmental innovator, with the nation's largest geothermal system, an innovative Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage system, and extensive solar energy production on campus. Such resources make the campus an ideal learning environment for such studies. And, with a focus on community engagement and experiential learning, the program will expect students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in communities and businesses across the state as they learn.

Before designing this new program the college undertook an extensive review of the national and regional job markets and met with employers and educators from across New Jersey. As a result, the curriculum incorporates a broad conceptual education with the hands-on practices and the skills needed in industry and demanded by employers. Indeed, the curriculum is filled with opportunities for hands-on experience, from training on how to conduct a building energy audit, to testing rivers for contamination, to holding a press conference. But the new degree is no academic lightweight, with students required to master topics in the natural sciences, economics, and political science, before they go on to rigorous advanced coursework. The intent is to empower students to understand both the world of the scientist and the worlds of the policymaker and business leader. So, each of our students will be required to complete coursework in technology and design, physics, chemistry, mathematics, policy, economics and other areas before they begin their specialized concentrations.

The program answers a growing demand by employers for students with specialized training in sustainability. As industry and business develop a greater interest in their green profile, and as alternative energy and conservation gain prominence, the need for so-called sustainability professionals has grown sharply. Stockton’s program will help students serve that need. The new degree promises to be rigorous, requiring core courses in calculus, physics, chemistry, and ecology as well as focused courses in public policy, economics, management, and ethics; but the payoff is considerable. We’re looking for students who are excited about working in this new and innovative field, ready to bring together knowledge from across the academic spectrum, and excited to learn leadership, innovation, and intellectual creativity as they do so. . . We want students who want to make their passion their career.

You can download a flyer on the Stockton degree in Sustainability HERE.

For additional information contact :

Patrick Hossay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sustainability
Program Coordinator
609 652 4303

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