New degree programs launched in Sustainability Science

Montclair State University professor Dr. Robert Taylor and colleagues from De LaSalle University, Manila, Philippines, inside an urban rooftop hydroponics project. Urban rooftop agriculture is being explored in Manila and other cities as a means of reducing food transportation distances and costs and hence a city’s carbon footprint. Greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs are also reduced by using solar panels to power water pumps and aerators.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Studies is pleased to announce new bachelor's (BS) and master's (MS) degree programs in Sustainability Science, a combined BS/MS dual degree program, and a Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Applied Sustainability Science. Our programs focus on the intersection of science and public policy and explore the ways and means of supporting healthy and vibrant human societies in concordance with planet Earth’s natural systems and environmental carrying capacity.

Our combined BS/MS program is one of a kind in the State of New Jersey, allowing students to complete two degrees in 5-years while participating in cutting-edge research. Our program in Applied Sustainability Science is affiliated with the Professional Science Masters (PSM) National Office, and provides a new type of graduate degree in which students pursue advanced training in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discipline along with program components that foster professional development and workplace skills.

Our Sustainability Science programs are housed in the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, with participating faculty in the Departments of Biology and Molecular Biology, Anthropology, and the School of Business. Our research-active faculty provide opportunities for advanced research and professional development in fields as diverse as bioenergy technologies, sustainability planning and management of cities, modeling and analysis of forest and agricultural markets and urban housing markets, climate change adaptation, flood prevention, bioremediation, and ecosystem restoration and management.

Please contact Dr. Robert Taylor for more information.