Undergraduate Programs in
Are you are committed to protecting and preserving the planet's natural resources? Are you passionate about environmental health, economic equity, and social justice? Do you want to help future generations tackle real-world challenges like climate change, pollution, waste management, poverty and hunger, economic development, urban planning, and renewable energy? A degree in Sustainability Studies combines those interests and offers paths to a wide range of careers, from science and technology to public policy, law, architecture, and business.
Majors and Programs
The general curriculum includes courses in renewable energy, mineralogy, climate change, natural hazards, geospatial statistics, sustainable agriculture, waste management, urban planning, and other areas of sustainability including economics, policy, equity, entrepreneurship, and ethics.
BA in Sustainability
The BA program looks at sustainability through a liberal arts lens. This degree includes more electives than the BS program, since there is less science and math required. It is designed for students who aspire to work in public policy, law, urban planning, community development or business.
In the Classroom
Learn from the Experts
Our program director uses VR to study hurricane preparedness and teach rip current safety in the ocean. The department chair accompanies a group of students to the Galápagos Islands every other year to retrace the travels of Charles Darwin. Our geological hazard expert travels with students to Greece to monitor volcanic activity. Our climate change specialist applied for (and won!) scholarships so her oceanography class could attend the 2020 National Coastal and Estuarine Virtual Summit.
Through varied course offerings and field trips, students learn through experience in many ways – both in and outside of the classroom. All of our major and introductory classes involve experiential learning, research reports, and oral presentations.
Most of our courses have a laboratory component where students learn by doing and many courses are supported by field trips and projects that provide students the opportunity to practice what they have learned in the classroom.
Will Allen Garden
Students may dedicate their interest and energy to projects such as the Will Allen Student Garden, the Sustainability Studies Club, the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and the Alternative Spring Break Program, which has provided opportunities for important community service work in such places as New Orleans, El Paso, and Puerto Rico.
When Sustainability Studies majors reach their senior year, they participate in Sustainability Studio, in which they select a research topic of interest and dive into an in-depth project. These have ranged from mapping whale movements along the New York coastline, to incorporating environmental policies on campus via behavioral science experiments.
Approximately 80% of our students have made an internship part of their academic experience. Recent examples include the United States Geological Survey, the State Department of Environmental Protection, Green Streets Initiative, North Shore Land Alliance, Friends of the Bay, Great Smoky Mountains Initiative at Tremont, and Young Leaders in Climate Change (National Park Service).
A degree in Sustainability Studies may be applied to a wide range of rewarding careers, from science and technology to public policy, law, architecture, and business.
Career opportunities for Sustainability Studies majors vary, depending on the industry and your role. In the New York region, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Studies earned an average annual salary of $57,751, and job growth for this major is projected to increase 12.2% by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies. More on alumni outcomes
In a survey of recent graduates from the Sustainability Studies program:
reported they were either employed or attending or planning to attend graduate school.
of those who reported employment, responded that they had landed their position within three months of graduation from Hofstra.
was the mean annual salary of survey respondents their first year out of college.
Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability
114 Hofstra University
143 Gittleson Hall
Hempstead, NY 11549-1140
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Monday - Friday
Phone: (516) 463-5564
Director of Sustainability
Jase E. Bernhardt
J Bret Bennington
141 Gittleson Hall
Phone: (516) 463-5568