Sustainability offers a broad education in science, technology, policy, economics, and ethics, while also providing focused expertise and hands-on training in a career field.
Sustainability describes our efforts to redefine the way we do things like generate and use energy, manufacture products, grow and process food, build our communities, and manage our resources, with the aim of bringing the impacts of our actions in balance with the natural world. The goal is to ensure the health, fairness, and vibrance of the current generation, without harming the ability of future generations to meet their needs and also lead healthy and happy lives. With this aim, the Sustainability program trains innovators, creative thinkers, resilient activists, and empowered professionals to lead the way.
Choose a degree in Sustainability and concentrate your studies in:
- Does the challenge of engineering new technological innovations excite you?
- Are you looking to help build stronger communities and protect our future?
- Would you enjoy getting your hands dirty while growing food for your community?
About the Program
Our aim is to empower students to help build a healthier, happier, just and verdant
planet by finding better ways to do the things and avoid the long-term harm caused
by our current course. We face a planet in crisis, an economy in peril, a society
in need of healing; and we need problem solvers, with a capacity to see the big picture,
and the training to make things happen, to help us chart a way forward. So, above
all, we train innovators, systems thinkers, and problem solvers. With a broad training
in science, technology, as well as policy, law and economics, our graduates are equipped
to change the world. And with hands-on training and professional experience in their
chosen field, they’re ready to hit the ground running after graduation.
While every student completes core courses in environmental policy, ecological economics, technology and ecology, every student also chooses a concentration, to allow them to develop expertise and gain professional training that employers value.
Dr. Patrick R Hossay
Professor of Sustainability
HSC - 101 | 609-652-4303
The study of Sustainability is focused on the sociopolitical, economic, ethical, and scientific efforts that help bring human existence into balance with the natural world. A degree in Sustainability helps prepare students to define a more just, verdant, healthy and environmentally-sound future.
The Sustainability program has multiple possible concentrations of study; and every student is required to select a concentration.
- B.A. Sustainability - Concentration in Policy & Economy
- B.A. Sustainability - Concentration in Sustainability Management
- B.S. Sustainability - Concentration in Agroecology
- B.S. Sustainability - Concentration in Energy
- B.S. Sustainability - Concentration in Policy
- Energy Certificate
Essential Learning Outcomes
Learn more about the sustainability program ELO's. These essential learning outcomes guide all Stockton University students from first-year through graduation to the intellectual and marketable talents needed to prepare for personal and professional success in the 21st century.
- Demonstrate the capacity to understand and evaluate complex systems, identify limits and challenges, and creatively identify possible solutions.
- Discuss clearly and completely, in writing and verbally, the multifaceted challenges and complexities of achieving ecological sustainability at the global, national, and local level.
- Discuss the ethical imperatives and the physical and social limits that drive the need to transition national and global political, economic, industrial, technological, and social practices to pursue improved social justice verdance, ecological balance and public health.
- Demonstrate the professional knowledge and applied skills required of sustainability professionals in a chosen area of expertise (Public Policy, Energy and Design, or Agroecology).
S.A.V.E. Stockton Action Volunteers for the Environment
S.A.V.E. is the oldest New Jersey student run environmental organization. It was organized in 1974 and promotes change in the environment for the benefit of Stockton and the wider community through education about environmental issues, utilization of the knowledge gained to educate others and environmental action. For more information you can contact one of our Environmental Studies Professor.
The Sustainability program answers a growing demand by employers for professionals with specialized training in sustainability. As industry and businesses develop a greater interest in their green profile, and as alternative energy and conservation gain prominence, the need for sustainability professionals has grown sharply. This program will help students serve that pressing need. Graduates in Sustainability work across the spectrum, in public agencies, nonprofit organizations, industry, business, public advocacy, education and many other fields. In addition to the concentration, a certificate in Energy Studies is offered.
Sample list of potential careers:
Employment in life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, and will result in about 68,200 new jobs. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research, psychology, energy management, and environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have wage data specifically for sustainability occupations. The table below shows median annual wages in May 2011 for scientist occupations that include sustainability professionals. The wages shown are median annual wages for the United States as a whole; wages vary by employer and location.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Office of Institutional Research collects information on where our alumni land within six months of graduation. To learn more about Sustainability alumni, use the Graduate Outcomes tool.
- Using the down arrow uncheck 'All' and select 'Sustainability'
The connections you made with your professors and preceptors are invaluable resources for your career planning. Beyond providing assistance on coursework and scheduling, they can give you guidance in planning for your post-college career.
In addition, we have a student Career Center that is available to guide you through your career development journey - from CV writing, interview prep or general guidance.