Environment & Sustainability

Environment & Sustainability

The Environment & Sustainability Program is an interdisciplinary program that fosters understanding of the relationships between human societies and the natural, physical, and biological settings in which life on Earth exists. Our three major degrees (B.A.) integrate perspectives of the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. 

The Program degrees build on the unique definition of sustainability at UNCG, where “Academics, operations, and outreach are conducted with careful attention to the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” All three of our major degrees require electives in each of those four areas: society and equity, natural science of the environment, economics and development, and ethics and aesthetics.

Students work with diverse faculty and staff from across campus and community (1) to learn how to gather and integrate information about environmental and sustainability problems from multiple disciplines, (2) to think critically about the causes of environmental and sustainability problems, (3) to propose effective solutions and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and (4) to communicate their ideas clearly. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and are eligible for internships and study abroad, and all receive expert advising from the Program director. Graduates will be well prepared for roles as educated citizens who are especially well informed about the environment and for numerous career paths that require a broad range of knowledge about environmental and sustainability issues.