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Sustainability
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Sustainability

Learn the many ways you can strengthen stewardship of the world's resources by majoring or minoring in sustainability at Fisher.

The sustainability program offers an integrative, interdisciplinary approach that will prepare you to address the challenges and ethical responsibilities of sustainable development. You will gain an understanding of sustainability perspectives, and engage in integrative thinking as you analyze the interaction between natural, built and social environments.

You will explore the theory and practice of sustainability in a number of different disciplines, including:

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Ethics
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Sociology

The economic and societal issues related to sustainability are increasingly important to employers, as well as the problem-solving skills and data analysis experiences you will gain through the sustainability program at Fisher.

The program requires a 140 hour sustainability experience with a community partner, ensuring that you will gain valuable professional experience at a public, private, or nonprofit organization.

Program Overview

A minimum of 37 credits is required to complete the B.A. in sustainability at Fisher. The program curriculum consists of courses in environmental studies, economics, and public policy. The program provides you with:

  • A foundation of scientific concepts and ethical and economic principles to evaluate and synthesize solutions to sustainability issues
  • Knowledge of best practices within different disciplines for protecting environmental quality and fostering environmental justice
  • Analytical tools to evaluate the benefits and costs, both direct and indirect, of alternative solutions to environmental problems
  • Opportunities to develop and apply effective, interdisciplinary approaches to present and emerging problems in sustainable development
  • Opportunities for experiential learning and advanced study in sustainability within many fields
  • Mike Boller, director of the Center for Sustainability, stands in front of a wall of plants.
    Center for Sustainability

    In fall 2017, St. John Fisher College launched the Center for Sustainability, marking an increased commitment to reducing the College's environmental footprint.

    Center for Sustainability Website