Sample Courses

  • Contemporary Biology
  • The Developing World
  • Environmental Issues
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Our Geologic Environment
  • Physical Geography

Popular Electives

  • Biogeography
  • Environmental Economics
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Human Ecology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Plant Diversity

Recent Internships or Field Experiences

  • City of Rochester 
  • Genesee Valley Conservancy  
  • Heartstone Organic Farm
  • Livingston County Planning Department         
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
  • Tanglewood Nature Center

Sustainability Studies Major

Why study sustainability at Geneseo?

The sustainability studies major is a great fit for students who are concerned about the environment and believe in an equitable society.

The program provides interdisciplinary training in the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability. These dimensions reflect the traditional pillars of sustainability and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Coursework and integrative and applied learning opportunities offer the flexibility to prepare for careers and graduate studies.

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Program Options

Additional Options

Program Highlights

  • Students customize their learning with courses from nearly two dozen programs and departments.
  • Research, study abroad, and internships help students develop their interpersonal and career skills.
  • Geneseo has a President’s Commission on Sustainability, an Office of Sustainability, and a campus community committed to sustainability.
  • Students engage in the broader community through numerous off-campus partnerships and locations.
  • The department offers opportunities to learn about rural, agricultural, and environmental issues, as well as urban issues in nearby Rochester.

Example Careers

  • Climate Change Policy Analyst   
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Environmental Economist        
  • Environmental Restoration Planner
  • Environmental Scientist        
  • Geoscientist
  • Logistics Analyst         
  • Soil and Plant Scientist                
  • Sustainability Specialist   
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Water Resource Specialist

Contact Info

James Kernan, Program Coordinator
kernan@geneseo.edu
Bailey Hall 234
585-245-6194

Sustainability Studies

Geography & Sustainability Faculty

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