With a six-course curriculum offered entirely online, this program comprises courses such as Sustainability Science, Energy in the 21st Century, Water Resources, and Building Green Buildings. Students are exposed to both science and policy as they explore such pressing concerns as climate change, population growth, and the limits of natural resources.
Sustainability is a growing, in-demand field. Salaries of professions in Sustainability range from $55k to $95k (glassdoor.com).
Professions of Graduates could include:
|Communications Director||Emergency Manager/First Responder|
|Energy Manager/Technician||Environmental Consultant|
and Safety Officer
|Parks and Recreation Specialist|
|Risk Assessor/Manager||Socially Responisible Investment Advisor/Broker|
|Sustainability Officer||Technical Environmental Writer|
Program Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Cole
Jennifer Cole is concurrently on the faculty in the Woods College at Boston College and the Harvard Graduate School of Sustainability. Dr. Cole was Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Northeastern for fifteen years, and has also taught at Tufts and MIT. Dr. Cole has published extensively in the fields of wetlands, agriculture, energy education, and natural disasters. She holds a PhD in groundwater geochemistry from Syracuse University. She also has served as expert witness in wetlands and river protection act litigation. She was Senior Hydrologist at Weston and Sampson Engineers. She has given many invited talks, including the US EPA. She represented Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the White House on two occasions.
Complete all of the following courses:
|ADBI 1128||Sustainability Science|
Complete five of the following courses:
|ADBI 2010||Eating and the Environment|
|ADXX||Building Green Buildings|
|ADXX||Energy in the 21st Century|
|ADGE 2505||Wetlands Science and Policy|
|ADGE 2500||Natural Disasters|
|ADXX||Evolution of Life and Historical Geology|
|ADXX||Urban Ecology: Environmental History of Boston|
How to Apply
Below are the official admissions requirements for this program:
- Online application*
- Academic transcripts: submit one of the following:
- Official high school degree
- Official GED
- Official college/university transcript
- Personal Statement (500 - 750 words)
- Resume (optional)
- Application fee ($45 check or money order payable to Boston College - Please do not send cash)
Applications for Professional Studies Certificates are accepted on a rolling basis.
*Current Woods College degree students interested in adding a certificate to their plan of study should not use the online application. Declare your certificate here.