Ways to Study Sustainability at the College

Individual Courses

There are many courses offered across the college with themes of sustainability. The Course Catalog is a good place to start a search for such courses. Courses are listed by the center where they are offered. Courses listed as “collegewide” are offered to students registered at any center.

Always speak with your mentor about your specific learning goals. Independent study courses can be created and tailored to your unique goals and interests.

Residencies and More

The program features a three- or four-day interdisciplinary residency at Raquette Lake, with students and faculty from across New York state.

Ecology and Earth Systems Field Research (EESFR) Residency

The EESFR Residency is a unique opportunity for students to work closely with experienced faculty to develop field and laboratory research and analysis skills that are invaluable in the environmental and earth systems sciences.

Central New York Learning Communities

A blend of online learning and residencies (three Saturdays during the January and September terms; once or twice during the May term), enabling busy students to manage the demands of college study, work and other responsibilities. This program focuses on the theme of sustainability for those studying business.

Environmental Studies Concentration Guidelines combines: 

  • science, mathematics and technology
  • community and human services
  • business, management and economics
  • cultural studies.

Environmental Science Concentration Guidelines

For those interested in getting a bachelor’s degree specifically in Environmental Science.

Business and Environmental Sustainability Undergraduate Certificate

This certificate program combines multiple study options, including online instruction and face-to-face meetings with Empire State College mentors. The Business and Environmental Sustainability Certificate courses are fully applicable to an undergraduate degree program developed in the business, management and economics area of study.