Sustainability Studies - A.S.

Associate Dean, Division of Professional Studies

Associate Dean, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sustainability Studies, A.S.

The Sustainability Studies program at SUNY Corning Community College is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers related to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability within a large range of professional fields. The College’s grounds, which include Spencer Crest Nature and Research Center, serve as an outdoor classroom and lab space for many of the required academic classes. The program explores the interplay between the natural environment, the built environment, and society through an interdisciplinary lens. Within the two-year scope of this program, students will complete a variety of courses from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities in addition to fulfilling SUNY’s general education requirements. The structure of this program will provide students with hands-on experience in the environmental field through coursework, independent research, internships, and unique learning experiences. Upon completion of this program students will have marketable skills for employment or to advance their education at a transfer institution. Students with degrees in Sustainability may pursue careers in a wide range of vocations, including outdoor education, environmental policy, sustainability planning, conservation management, corporate responsibility, and many others.

Graduates of the Sustainability Studies program will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the natural, manmade, and social environments and their interactions as they contribute to the complexity of environmental issues;
  • Be able to differentiate among and apply models from various disciplines to environmental problems with the goal of finding sustainable solutions;
  • Clearly communicate issues and problems related to social, environmental, and economic sustainability orally and in writing;
  • Use the scientific method and social science research methods to document and analyze problems related to environmental sustainability.

Applied learning in the form of an internship or service learning is a required part of the program. This requirement was included to help students clarify career objectives and prepare for those eventual careers. To determine the best fit for the student’s career goals they will sit down with their academic advisor and/or the Applied Learning Coordinator. In addition to hosting applied learning projects at the nature center on campus, host sites will be identified by faculty and the Applied Learning Coordinator. Learning objectives for the projects will be made by the student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor. Students will meet with their faculty supervisor on a biweekly basis. The faculty supervisor will communicate with the site supervisor periodically and will complete at least one site visit during the semester. All applied learning activities will follow the best practices set by SUNY’s Office of Applied Learning.

Students will complete 64 credits, including a combination of general education, research-based, and track-specific courses.