Mercyhurst University

Sustainability Studies Bachelor of Arts

A Mercyhurst sustainability major is challenged to address a myriad of important issues. Developing solutions to real-world issues involving energy, climate change, land use and food production, sustainable economic development, green building design and more are just a few areas of emphasis.

Inspired by the mission of Mercyhurst University and the promise of a more environmentally secure future, Sustainability Studies students at Mercyhurst are not only grounded in a strong liberal arts curriculum, they also are challenged to engage in experiential learning projects and activities that advance sustainability on campus and throughout the community. Mercyhurst offers a Sustainability Studies Bachelor of Arts as well as a minor, concentrations in Chemistry and Biology and a one-year post-baccalaureate certificate.

Graduates are prepared for employment in the fields of business, retail and service, government, nonprofits, health care and education. Whatever endeavor they may pursue, they bring both the breadth of knowledge and practical experience to spearhead positive environmental change.

Why sustainability Studies?

We asked our students to tell us why they love studying Sustainability?
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"Improving lives and ecosystems"
Catherine Erway '18
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"Efficiency, innovation, performance, progress."
Tom Hall '12
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The environment is a reflection of our attitudes.
Vanessa Umutoni '17

ENVS 105 Intro to Environmental Studies

This course examines local, national and global environmental problems from diverse perspectives. It teaches students how to advance a more environmentally just and healthy world.

SUST 210 Responding to Climate Change

This course engages students in practical activities that model responsible actions to address climate change.

SUST 490 Senior Project in Sustainability Studies

Students engage in a substantial and meaningful service project designed to help advance the principles of sustainability locally.



Sustainability students have access to local and national internship opportunities.

Real-world Experience

Students have opportunities to attend local and state sustainability conferences.


The program's flexibility makes it easy to accommodate student interests and goals

Meet the Faculty

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Chris Magoc
Chris Magoc, Ph.D.