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Major in Sustainability Science

Georgia’s ONLY undergraduate sustainability degree!

Environmental challenges threaten our quality of life more than ever before. That’s why sustainability has never been more critical than it is now.

Sustainability scientists are finding solutions to our most pressing environmental issues. They’re looking at issues of biodiversity, new and sustainable ways to produce biofuel, innovations in green chemistry, wildlife management and conservation — and so much more.

Are you ready to join them?

Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Science

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Science

Format: In person on the Statesboro or Armstrong campus

Credit Hours: 124 hours

Why Major in Sustainability Science at Georgia Southern?

  • Small class sizes
    Our small class sizes are perfect for our blend of classroom teaching and hands-on field experiences. In addition, you’ll have your choice of several elective options, with courses in the humanities, public health, engineering, and so much more. Our curriculum will prepare you for rewarding career fields in government, nonprofit, industry and education.
  • Personalized mentoring
    You’ll get in-demand technical and soft skills through personalized mentoring with our world-class faculty. In addition, you’ll study in natural labs that include beaches, marshes, rivers and more along southeast Georgia’s coastal plain.
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research; Such as 
    • Biofuels and alternative energy
    • Microbiology
    • Wildlife management 
    • And more.
  • Interdisciplinary research fields
    Our interdisciplinary approach means that you’ll learn from a diverse group of faculty focused on a wide variety of sustainability issues, ranging from science and the environment to economics and society. 
  • Electives span the humanities, social sciences, and engineering
  • Courses available on both Statesboro and Armstrong campuses

The best part? You’ll be prepared to find innovative solutions to today’s most pressing environmental issues. With a degree in sustainability, you can pursue an exciting career and help improve the quality of life for generations to come.

What Can You Do with a Sustainability Degree?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects sustainability science-related fields to fill more than 9,400 jobs each year until 2029. In 2020, the average median salary for environmental scientists and specialists was $73,230 per year.

Careers in Sustainability

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Air pollution analyst
  • Conservation scientist or forester
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental chemist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental health and safety officer
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Environmental manager
  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Environmental technician
  • Geographer
  • Geologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Marine biologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Water quality scientist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Zoologist

Get Environmental Research Experience

At Georgia Southern, our mission is to make sure you’re career-ready. Ready to dig in from day one in your career field. As part of the sustainability bachelor’s degree program, you’ll get valuable research experience in areas such as:

  • Green chemistry
  • Conservation biology
  • Stream ecology
  • Barrier island ecohydrology
  • Biofuels and alternative energy
  • Marine/coastal ecology
  • Environmental microbiology 
  • Environmental remediation 
  • Environmental chemistry 
  • Plant ecology 
  • Wildlife management 
  • Population geography 
  • Sea turtle natural history 
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing 

Course Highlights in the Sustainability Degree

In our interdisciplinary sustainability degree program, you’ll get a wide variety of courses that touch chemistry, biology, engineering and more. Your sustainability course curriculum includes:

  • Chemistry of Biofuels
    • Introduces the principles of fuels and biofuels and applies the latest in biochemistry and biotechnology to research in biofuels.
  • Toxicology
    • Introduces the principles of toxicology with a focus on aquatic organisms. Topics include risk assessment, regulatory toxicology, mutagenesis, and toxicology of the nervous and reproductive systems.
  • Fisheries biology
    • Examines fish conservation and fisheries management with emphasis on freshwater North American species and environments. 
  • Marine Pollution
    • Covers current federal and Georgia environmental laws and regulations, coastal ecological concepts, and techniques used for remediation of environmental degradation.
  • Wildlife Management
    • Explores factors that influence wildlife populations and how these factors can be managed to sustain game and nongame species.
  • Nature and Society
    • Examines the controls on humans’ perspectives on resources and analyzes the availability, scarcity, and valuing of natural resources, in addition to conflicts over their use.
  • Sustainability research methods
    • Outlines the skills needed to successfully conduct sustainability research, including reading scientific literature effectively, scientific writing, presentation skills, data analysis, and scientific ethics.

Environmental Science and Sustainability Opportunities on Campus

Georgia Southern is committed to sustainability on all three campuses. Sustain Southern offers students across the university ways to get involved in sustainable practices and further their knowledge of environmental issues.

Have Any Questions? Contact Us

Daniel F. Gleason
Program Chair
Director, James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science

Email: dgleason@georgiasouthern.edu

Phone: 912-478-5957

Last updated: 5/10/2022