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Xavier is proud to offer three new academic majors in Sustainability as well as the continuation of our Environmental Sciences program.

Sustainability, defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," affects nearly all enterprises, both public and private.

Undergraduate Majors

Sustainability: Economics & Management (BSBA in SUST)

Focuses on sustainable organizations and economies, and involves studies in ecological, environmental, and natural resource economics; management for sustainability and social responsibility; and attention to key related areas such as organizational change management and global supply chain management. Sustainable businesses have lower enterprise risk, better reputations, attract more talented employees and have improved long-term viability.

Economics, Sustainability & Society (BA in ECOS)

Focuses on sustainable economies, and includes the study of natural resources, ecological and environmental problems, processes, and policies at local, national and global levels. Students will integrate economic analysis with cultural studies, global economic development, policy studies, and management, as they gain skills to conceptualize and solve sustainability problems. Students will critically examine the goal of ever greater material consumption and the notion of natural capital as a mere storehouse of natural resources waiting to be used up.

Land, Farming & Community (BA in LAND)

There is perhaps nothing more urgent than changing the way we produce, distribute, and consume food. New agricultural practices, such as organic agriculture, permaculture, and conservation agriculture, are key to fighting global climate change. The program, grounded in the science and art of agriculture, offers students the opportunity to become stewards of healthy, productive soils, communities, and regions through study and practical experience with growing, processing and distributing food.

Environmental Science (BS in ENSC)

Focuses on the impact of human systems on our natural environment and how in turn these natural systems affect the human environment. The program offers strong scientific foundations as well as understanding of the economic, political, and human social systems necessary to get policies and technologies implemented.

Graduate Program

Master's Degree: Urban Sustainability and Resilience (MA in USR)

The Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability and Resilience is designed around an innovative curriculum that blends elements from traditional, urban-focused graduate programs (urban/regional planning and development, urban ecology, urban studies/political science, public administration) with business, economics, community development, environmental science, geography and communications.

Green Jobs

New job opportunities are opening up every day as more and more major companies are recognizing the importance of becoming more sustainable. There are many potential career paths for environmental science majors ranging from engineering to education, law and policy to environmental research, environmental advocacy to international affairs. A few of these positions include atmospheric scientist, marine biologist and botanist.