Alfred State College

Minor in Sustainability

Program Description

The sustainability minor is intended to expand the specialized knowledge of students enrolled in baccalaureate degree programs at Alfred State to focus on environmental stewardship and professional responsibility. This interdisciplinary minor will provide an understanding of sustainability – a unifying approach to human and environmental problems – and add an important skill set to the credentials of graduates who will receive instruction in sustainability practice and theory with an emphasis on local and global problems from a social, economic and environmental perspective. Satisfactory completion of this coursework will broaden employment opportunities for graduates to include sustainable businesses, communities, and other organizations seeking to design systems in ways that optimize material and energy use to decrease environmental and health problems and to bolster economic vitality and social equity. Students are required to declare this minor upon acceptance or continuation into the third year of a baccalaureate degree program.

Focus Areas

  • Overview of forestry
  • Energy systems
  • HVAC systems
  • Photo. & wind turbine syst
  • Botany
  • Business ethics
  • Principles of macroeconomics
  • Principles of microeconomics
  • Land development & design
  • Environmental controls
  • Environmental tech. concepts

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Sustainability coordinator/manager
  • Environmental analyst/consultant
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Environmental educator
  • Renewable energy specialist
  • Environmental journalist

Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma

Expected Outcomes