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Enter the world where the science of sustainability meets real world applications. Someone with a bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Management can expect to go into the workforce and be the practitioner making a business, nonprofit or government agency more sustainable. You will learn how to create socially and economically viable policies and practices while better understanding the interconnected nature of environmental issues.

Get to know the program.

We invite you to participate in an informational webinar which will include a general overview of Sustainability Management including coursework, admissions requirements, and the application process. Staff and faculty from SUNY ESF Admissions and the Sustainability Management program will lead the event and conclude with a question & answer period.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | 7 PM ET




Course requirements


This program is designed specifically for transfer students who have completed an associate degree. Students who have not completed an associate degree are still eligible but must take all required courses first.

Below is a summary of the requirements to skip the first two years of coursework associated with this program.

PHYSC Physical/Natural Science Elective 3
SUST Introduction to Sustainability 3
ECOL Ecology 3 - 4
MATH College Algebra or Higher 3
STATIS Probability & Statistics 3
ECON Economics 3
COMP1 English with a focus on Writing 1 3
COMP2 English with a focus on Literature 3
PUBSP Public Speaking 3
GENEDU General Education Elective 3
GENEDU General Education Elective 3
GENEDU General Education Elective 3
SOCI Sociology 3

Upper Division Required Courses

This program is designed to be completed in 2 academic years if you are enrolled on a full-time basis.

SUS 300 Sustainable Systems Thinking: Ecology, Economics, & Society 3
SUS 310 Human & Social Dimensions of Sustainability 3
SUS 320 Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability 3
SUS 330 Introduction to Sustainability Data Analysis 3
SUS 340 Principles of Sustainable Development 3
SUS 350 Introduction to Spatial Analysis & Geographic Information Systems 3
SUS 360 Climate Change & Sustainability 3
SUS 400 Analysis of Sustainable Systems 3
SUS 410 Sustainable Urbanism 3
SUS 420 Sustainable Energy: Technology, Systems & Policy 3
SUS 430 Managerial Economics for Sustainability 3
SUS 440 Environmental Justice: Policy, Law, & Society 3
SUS 450 Civic Engagement & Participatory Planning 3
SUS 480 Sustainability Management Capstone 3


Upper Division Elective Courses

There are 6, 3-credit upper division electives (300 or 400 level classes) you will select in consultation with your advisor. 

Sustainability Management Degree Outcomes

The Sustainability Management curriculum focuses on the skills and knowledge wanted by forward thinking employers. Graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze the complex interactions among and between the three pillars of sustainability: the environment, the economy, and society with a focus on identifying areas of potential conflict / opportunity.

  • Apply qualitative and quantitative skills appropriate to the sustainability field (e.g., energy modeling, budgeting, financial analysis, GIS, life cycle assessment, interviewing & surveying, environmental and risk communication).

  • Develop solutions that balance the priorities of sustainable development, social equity and human nature interaction.

  • Analyze data and develop reports and presentations relevant to sustainability and its implementation (e.g., scientific publications, policy documents, sustainability indicators, public audience presentations).

  • Work independently and collaboratively for effective and successful project and people management, communication, and to institutionalize sustainable practices.

  • Apply knowledge of principles and best practices to the analysis of real-world sustainability problems in public, private and non-profit contexts.