Sustainability

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:

About the Program

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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.

Make Your Passion Your Career

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.

Program Chair

Patrick R. Hossay

Dr. Patrick R Hossay
Professor of Sustainability
HSC - 101 | 609-652-4303
Patrick.Hossay@stockton.edu

Curriculum

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.

Essential Learning Outcomes

Learn more about the sustainability program ELO's. Essential Learning OutcomesThese 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.

  1. Demonstrate the capacity to understand and evaluate complex systems, identify limits and challenges, and creatively identify possible solutions.
  2. Discuss clearly and completely, in writing and verbally, the multifaceted challenges and complexities of achieving ecological sustainability at the global, national, and local level.
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate the professional knowledge and applied skills required of sustainability professionals in a chosen area of expertise (Public Policy, Energy and Design, or Agroecology).

Faculty

 

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Patrick
Hossay

Professor
of Sustainability
609.652.4303 HSC-101

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Ron S.
Hutchison

Associate Professor 
of Sustainability
609.652.4727 | USC2 - 309

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Maritza
Jauregui

Associate Professor
of Sustainability
609.652.4251 | C -147
 

 

Jeanine Cava

Jeanine Cava, Sustainability Adjunct Faculty

 Paul Gallagher

 Paul Gallagher, Sustainability Adjunct Faculty

Joseph Lisa

Joseph Lisa, Sustainability Adjunct Faculty

Opportunities

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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.

 

Careers

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:

Climate change analyst
Public relations specialist
Renewable energy
Sustainability consultant
Policy specialist
Wildlife ecology
Energy consultant
Wildlife veterinarian
Sustainable agriculture
Environmental specialist
Law
Farming and horticulture
Environmental health science
Environmental engineering
Wildlife Veterinarian
Ocean engineer
Sustainability strategist
 
 

US Bureau of Statistics logoEmployment 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.