Sustainability

This minor or specialization allows students to study a broad range of sub-fields. You'll learn how to approach the world's problems from many angles and find green solutions.

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Ready to change the world?

You'll address today's growing environmental concerns with innovative strategies — like improved conservation, sustainable development and the restoration of natural resources — and develop a comprehensive understanding of environmental functions.

Our campus culture is focused around green initiatives. Take our Management and Academic building for example. It earned Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. And it uses 34% less water and 38% less energy than similar buildings of the same size.

Scientific Issues

BIOL 104 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
BIOL 243 Evironmental Sustainability 3
BIOL 245 Principles of Ecology 4
CHEM 227 Energy & Global Warming 4

Economic and Political Issues

ECON 145 Economics of Sustainability and Resource Use 4
ECON 235 From Farm to Table: The Political Economy of Food Systems 3
ECON 247 Environmental Economics 4
POLS 217 American Public Policy 4

ECON 235/HON 335 – not open to freshmen

Social Issues

HIST 205 Global Environmental History 4
MGMT 224 Socially-Minded Leadership 4
MGMT 229 Corporate Social Responsibility: Managing People, Planet, & Profit 4
MGMT 348 Sustainable Supply Chain 4
SOCI 220 Working for Social Justice 4
SOCI 222 Organizing for Social Change 4
SOCI 245 Global Health 4
SOCI 249 Inequalities 4
SOCI 321 Sociology of Food 4

MGMT 229: part of LC – open to sophomores

MGMT 224: open to sophomores

MGMT 348: open to juniors

BIOL 104, CHEM 227, ECON 145, MGMT 229, HIST 205, MGMT 224, MGMT 348, SOCI 220, SOCI 222, SOCI 245: These courses do not have prerequisites.

Our students put theory into practice through on-site research, off-site research and internships.

On-site research: Faculty members mentor students in our own laboratories. You'll work with faculty members whose research piques your interest.

Off-site research: Students also explore clinical, applied, or basic research at one of the many laboratories available in the Simmons neighborhood.

Internships: Supervised learning experiences provide opportunities for career exploration within a context of critical thinking. Boston is at the forefront of green innovation, and your internship will help you develop skills, build your resume, and establish contacts in the field. 

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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Our Faculty

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Rich Gurney

  • Professor of Chemistry & Physics and Co-Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics
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Nancy Lee

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry & Physics and Co-Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics