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Sustainability ManagementBachelor of Science (for transfer students) — Online

Create a more sustainable future!

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Management (SM) is a fully online Bachelor of Science completion program (in effect, the third and fourth program years) that integrates discipline- and career-focused knowledge, skills, and perspectives based on the three pillars of sustainability: economics, society, and the environment. Emphasis is placed upon understanding how key environmental dimensions of sustainability are interdependent with socially and economically viable policies and practices. This program builds upon a broad and flexible foundation at the lower division with specialized sustainability college coursework at the upper division. Students synthesize knowledge and skills and strengthen workforce-readiness through a capstone project. The program's upper division sustainability coursework prepares graduates for a wide and expanding range of career positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

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Admission Information


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

Online Info Sessions

We invite you to participate in an informational webinar about SUNY ESF's online Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Management degree program. Sustainability Management is a fully online upper level program for students possessing an Associate's or working towards a Bachelor's degree. The webinar 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.

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

Upper Division Required Courses

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

To see which courses are being offered (including electives), you can visit our current and upcoming Fall Schedule and Spring Schedule. Additionally, some classes may be offered during our Summer Semester.

Lower Division Required Courses

The Bachelor's of Science in Sustainability Management is an upper division program (i.e., the junior and senior years) that enables you to complete this degree online. Interested students should have completed the following lower division core course requirements. Students who have not completed an associate's degree or all of the required lower division requirements should consult with an ESF Admissions Office counselor to determine eligibility for admission.

Course Credits
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
ELECT Free Electives 21
Total Lower Division Credits Required: 60 – 61

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