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Sustainability
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  • Typical class size: 20-25
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Sustainability

Graduating with a degree in sustainability will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to make meaningful contributions to our society.

Director Mike Boller with sustainability graduates.

Director Mike Boller with sustainability graduates.

Your degree will build the foundation to address a wide variety of challenges ranging from pollution and climate to environmental justice to economic efficiency and environmental impact.

The BA in sustainability prepares you to address eco-sociological issues, environmental justice, as well as business sustainability challenges from a variety of different perspectives. Many students choose to double major in another field, creating an opportunity to bring sustainability to a broader audience.

The program requires a 145-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 27 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. A range of electives allows you to tailor the program to meet your specific needs and interests.

As a participant in the sustainability program, you will:

  • Recognize and apply an understanding of sustainability from a broad variety of perspectives and connect concepts of sustainability to a disciplinary focus.
  • Develop the capacity for integrative thinking and problem-solving approaches.
  • Create an effective solution to a sustainability issue with a community partner.

Life After Fisher

Every business, government, and organization needs to address sustainability, and career opportunities in the field are growing every day. Whether business operations or biodiversity conservation piques your interest, the sustainability degree at Fisher will help you achieve your goals.

Recent Fisher graduates from the program have continued on to graduate school, or started careers in 

  • Health care
  • K-12 education
  • Higher education
  • Marketing
  • Conservation
  • Community support 
  • 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

I truly believe I attained a strong sense of goodness, discipline, and knowledge in my three years at Fisher, and I left with a well-rounded education and a drive to change the world and promote social and environmental justice. ”


Erin Turpin
  • Erin Turpin '20
  • Rochester Youth Year AmeriCorps VISTA