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B.A. degree program in urban sustainability
HEGIS code 0420
NYS SED program code 21627

The Urban Sustainability Program offers the bachelor of arts degree with concentrations in environmental science, sociology or economics (45-51 credits).

The deteriorating condition of the global environment and efforts to save it are two of the most pressing issues on the national and international agendas. Our environmental studies program examines the dynamic relationship between social systems and natural systems through the interdisciplinary lens of sustainability. Students will examine the trade-offs between environmental sustainability, social sustainability, and economic sustainability. Our place-based, problem solving approach to learning takes advantage of our urban setting. Students will have the opportunity to examine first hand the causes of the urban sustainability problems of the 21st century, and devise solutions that promote environmental protection, social equity, and economic vitality. With their degree in hand, students will be well-equipped for "green collar" careers in public policy, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations.

Program/Department Advisers

Office Hours
Powell, Wayne Interim Director 718.951.5416 3131 Ingersoll Hall wpowell @  


Program requirements (45-51 credits)

Students must complete both A and B below:

A. All of the following courses:
Economics 2251 or Earth and environmental sciences 1500 or Sociology 2202.
Economics 3251 or Earth and environmental sciences 1501 or Sociology 2203.
Biology 3083, Earth and environmental sciences 1201, 3750, Economics 2200, 3254, Sociology 1101, 2201, Philosophy 3309, Urban Sustainability 4001W.
Economics 3400 or Earth and environmental sciences 3800 or Sociology 2112.

B. Students must complete one of the three Options below:

Option 1: Concentration in Environmental Science

Earth and environmental sciences 3600, 3610, 3675.
Chemistry 1040 or 1100 or Earth and environmental sciences 3100.

Option 2: Concentration in Environmental Economics
Economics 3202, 3252, 3253, 4400W.

Option 3: Concentration in Environmental Sociology
Sociology 2701, 3202, 3204, 3205.

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