Sustainability Program Description

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program Overview

The Sustainability program offers a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Each degree program has multiple possible concentrations of study; and every student is required to select a concentration. The Sustainability degree program is partnered with the Environmental Science program that offers a bachelor of science in Environmental Science and a bachelor of arts in Environmental Studies. A related degree, the Professional Science Masters (PSM), is described elsewhere in the Bulletin. Both the Sustainability and the Environmental Science degree programs offer exceptional students the option of completing a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in five years under a 4+1 Dual Degree Program.

Degrees Offered

Students can pursue either a BA or a BS in Sustainability. Both degrees require a series of courses in the natural and physical sciences, and both share the same core program courses. However, the BS degree required a more rigorous background in physics and mathematics; and each option offers different opportunities for concentrations of study.

Students in the BA degree can choose to concentrate in environmental policy, or they can focus their studies in environmental management. The Policy concentration is ideal for students planning a career in public policy, environmental advocacy, non-profits, sustainable development or law. The concentration in Sustainability Management will help train students to work in business and industry as sustainability professionals.


Why Choose Sustainability at Stockton?

The Sustainability program offers exciting opportunities to Stockton students, and complements the University's nationally-recognized programs in Environmental Science and Marine Science. Stockton has long been an environmental innovator, with the nation's largest geothermal system, a pioneering Aquifer Thermal Energy 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 expects 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 University 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; students are required to master topics in natural sciences, economics, and political science, before they go to rigorous advanced coursework. The intent is to empower students to understand both the world of scientist and the world of the policy maker and business leader. So, each of our students is required to complete coursework in technology and design, physics, chemistry, mathematics, policy, economics and other areas before they begin their specialized concentrations.
 


Sample Curriculum Schedule 

In addition to the University's General Education requirements, Sustainability majors are expected to complete the following courses:

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Bulletin for specific information on minors in Sustainability and additional information on the Sustainability program. For specific information on courses, please use the Catalog of Courses.  Transfer students, visit NJ Transfer to gauge transferability of courses.

BA  Requirements
Cognate Courses
CHEM 2110/2115  Chemistry I w/lab
BIOL 1200/1205 OR  Cells and Molecules
BIOL 1400/1405  Biodiversity and Evolution w/Lab
ENVL 2400  Intro to Statistics and Computers
POLS 2150  Intro to Political Methodology
PHYS 2110/2115  Physics for Life Sciences w/lab
It is highly recommended that students finish required courses listed above before beginning upper level SUST courses.
   
Core Courses 
SUST 2100  Environmental Sustainability
SUST 3300  Environmental Policy and Law
ECON 2200  Ecological Economics
SUST 3301  Sustainable Technologies w/lab
ENVL 2200/2205  Ecological Principles w/lab
   
Students must also complete the following courses in their
senior year:
SUST 4600  Senior Synthesis
And one of the following:
SUST 4800 OR  Senior Project
SUST 4900  Senior Internship
   
Concentration Requirements
Students pursuing a BA degree must complete the requirements for a concentration in either Policy or Sustainability Management.
 
Policy Concentration Coursework:
ENVL 3310  Environmental Planning and Policy
ENVL 3310  Regional Planning
SUST 3313  Natural Resource Policy and Law
SUST 3400  Global Sustainability
Approved electives or special project(s)
 
Sustainability Management Concentration Coursework:
SUST 3330  Green Finance and Accounting
SUST 3320  Business and Sustainability
SUST3100  Envl Risk Communications and Management
Approved electives or special project(s)
   
BS  Requirements
Cognate
MATH 2215  Calculus I
CHEM 2110/2115  Chemistry I w/lab
BIOL 1200/1205  Cells and Molecules
BIOL 1400/1405  Biodiversity and Evolution w/lab
ENVL 2400  Intro to Statistics and Computers
PHYS 2220/2225  Physics I w/lab
It is highly recommended that students finish required courses listed above before beginning upper level SUST courses.
   
Core Courses
 
SUST 2100  Environmental Sustainability
SUST 3300  Environemntal Policy and Law
ECON 2200  Ecological Economics
SUST 3301  Sustainable Technologies w/lab
ENVL 2200/2205  Ecological Principles w/lab
   
Students must also complete the following courses in their senior year:
SUST 4600  Senior Synthesis
And one of the following:
SUST 4800 OR  Senior Project
SUST 4900  Senior Internship
   
BS Degree Concentration Requirements
Students pursuing a BS degree must complete the requirements for a concentration in either Energy or a concentration in Conservation and Agroecology.
   
Energy Concentration Coursework:
PHYS 2230/2235  Physics II
MATH 2216  Calculus II
SUST 3311  Energy Practicum
ENVL 3443  Energing Planning
SUST 3312  Energy Management
Electives or special project(s)
   
Conservation and Agroecology Concentration Coursework:
BIOL 1400/1405  Biodiversity and Evolution w/lab
CHEM 2120/2125  Chemistry II Organice Structrure w/lab
 
Conservation and Agroecology students should select 18 credits form the courses listed below with prior preceptor approval (all courses are 4 credits except Special Projects):
SUST 3313  Natural Resources
SUST 3330  Green Finance and Accouting
BIOL 2120  Botany
BIOL 3180  Plant Physiology
BIOL 3365  Economic Botany
BIOL 3413  Population Ecology
ENVL 2100  Physical Geography and lab
ENVL 3121  Wildlife Management
ENVL 3419  Ecological Forest Management
ENVL 3421  Environmental Pollution and Regulation
ENVL 3432  Soil Science
ENVL 3440  Sustainability: Food and Agriculture
ENVL 3302  Geographic Information Systems
ENVL 3311  Regional Planning
MARS 3306  Aquaculture
MARS 3307  Fisheries Science and Management
MARS 3340  Introduction to Ichthyology
SUST 3800  Special Projects (1-4 credits)
 
Note: Any alteration in program requirements must be approved in writing by the student's preceptor and the SUST program coordinator.