New Major: Urban and Environmental Sustainability

October 22, 2018
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A new major and minor in Urban and Environmental Sustainability are available to declare.

Humans are rapidly urbanizing the planet, with half the Earth’s population already living in cities. At the same time, our thirst for natural resources is stronger than ever. Managing population expansion, urbanization, and resource demand in a sustainable manner will be humankind’s primary challenge in the decades to come. The major in Urban and Environmental Sustainability (UES) prepares students for careers finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems in a rapidly urbanizing world.

The UES program is holistic and interdisciplinary, requiring courseworkin the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities. Students get to know faculty across the College. The courses take students all over NYC, using the city as a learning laboratory. With the UES degree, students become equipped to work towards greater food security, biodiversity safeguards, climate resilience, and positive changes in how humans interact with our environment. This program produces environmentally literate graduates who can enter the workforce to tackle these critical issues.

Urban and Environmental Sustainability makes an ideal double major, as many of its course requirements can simultaneously satisfy general education requirements. We also offer a minor in Urban and Environmental Sustainability that can complement any degree program.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alessandra Leri, UES Program Coordinator.