Why Sustainability Science?
- 1Sustainability Science is more than just the study of our planet; it is also about looking past our own existence and into what lies beyond our world. Studying our solar system, the planets, and other celestial bodies contained within, and even the universe can help piece together our own way of life.
- 2A student with a major in the natural sciences, such as Biology or Chemistry, and a minor in Sustainability Science can work in environment-related careers or pursue graduate studies in environmental topics.
- 3Private sector or government jobs that place a high value on problem solving, field studies, sustainability, and technology consider a Sustainability Science minor a valuable addition to a resume.
Careers in Sustainability Science
- Conservation Officer
- Environmental Chemist
- Environmental Engineer
- Environmental Lawyer
- Urban Planner
Alumni Graduate Schools
- Northwestern University
- University of Washington
- William & Mary
- Indiana State University
Why Study Sustainability Science at Saint Joseph's College?
While studying Sustainability Science at SJC, you will take courses in geology, sustainability, physics, astronomy, and environmental research methods. Many of the courses include a component of field work or observation, where substantial learning occurs outside of the classroom.
With a Sustainability Science minor at SJC, you will have the liberty of working with professors on individualized research projects, with the possible outcome of co-authoring scientific papers published in important journals. Professors also conduct field studies, where you will have the opportunity to get your hands dirty and see how the Sustainability Science concepts apply in the outside world.
Dedication to Excellence
SJC recently received three large grants that have allowed the Department of Sustainability Studies to make significant additions to the technological tools used in their courses, as well as develop exciting learning areas, such as the new hoophouse. The grants have also funded visits by students in certain courses to local environmental sites, including the Meadow Lake Wind Farm, Algaewheel, and the Rensselaer wastewater treatment center.
Faculty and Class Size
Sustainability Science students at SJC are provided with small classes and individualized attention. We have several professors teaching in the department, each with a wide variety of experience that brings unique and interdisciplinary perspectives to the Sustainability Science minor.
Field courses and undergraduate research are important components for the academic development of our Sustainability Science minor. These activities provide real-world experience and are components that help develop students into formal operational thinkers who are capable of critical evaluation and abstraction. The Sustainability Studies Department has taken steps to preserve some of the representative habitats on the College campus by establishing an Environmental and Biological Field Station.
Having field sites on campus is a valuable resource because the alternatives include added time and travel costs to visit sites off-campus. A preserve on-campus also permits uninterrupted long-term studies and short-term experiments on manipulated plots. Students are currently involved in on-going studies on college lands that range from five to eight years since inception.
Three tracts of land on campus have been designated as nature preserves for the Environmental and Biological Field Station. These lands contain a variety of habitat types (forest, prairie, oak savanna, old-field, wetland) that are in a natural state and are sufficiently large enough (16-23 acre parcels) to provide habitat for populations of plants and animals. Some native habitats (wetlands, prairie) will be restored and constructed so that long-term studies with experimental manipulations can be conducted on replicated field plots. Biology and Sustainability Science students were involved in the planning stages and will be involved in the restoration process, as well as the research.
The mission of the Environmental and Biological Field Station is to promote the survival of native Indiana plants and animals and for the long-term study of plants and animals in their natural habitats. The goals are to promote conservation, education, and research.