Sustainability Dual Major

Students from any UNH college or major can pair the sustainability dual major with their first major. From local to global, you'll learn to analyze, evaluate, and create new ideas and models around sustainability. As a cross-disciplinary and applied field of study and practice, you’ll make connections across issues of science and ethics, policy and technology, and culture and history to better understand and take action on pressing issues of our time. Solving real-life problems requires the skills and perspectives of people from multiple disciplines and backgrounds. A sustainability dual major provides the skills and knowledge needed to understand these systems, identify relevant environmental and social issues, and become agents of change in a complex world.


SUST consists of 32 credits, including core and elective courses, and a capstone experience.

Complete the following SUST courses (in order):
SUST 401Exploring Sustainability4
SUST 501Sustainability in Action4
SUST 750Sustainability Capstone4
Select 20 credits of elective courses 120
Total Credits32

Approved Electives

Natural Biological Systems
BIOL 541Ecology4
CEE 520Environmental Pollution and Protection: A Global Context4
CEE 705Introduction to Sustainable Engineering3
CEE 706Environmental Life Cycle Assessment3
CEE 719Green Building Design3
ECOG 401Introduction to Ecogastronomy4
ESCI 405Global Environmental Change4
GEOG 572Geography of the Natural Environment4
MEFB 702Sustainable Marine Fisheries4
MEFB 772Fisheries Biology: Conservation and Management3
NR 435Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness4
NR 502Forest Ecosystems and Environmental Change4
NR 507Introduction to our Energy System and Sustainable Energy4
NR 650Principles of Conservation Biology4
NR 703Watershed Water Quality Management4
NR 785Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions4
NUTR 595Mediterranean Diet and Culture4
NUTR 730From Seed to Sea: Examining Sustainable Food Systems4
SAFS 405Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production4
SAFS 410A Taste of the Tropics4
SAFS 502Agroecology4
SAFS 510Agriculture and Development in the Neotropics4
SAFS 632Urban Agriculture4
SUST 600Sustainability Independent Study1-4
SUST 605Sustainability Internship1-4
Social Systems & Humanities
ADMN 444Business for People, Planet, and Profits4
ANTH 695Globalization and Global Population Health4
CLAS 540AEnvironment, Technology and Ancient Society: Sustaining Ancient Rome Ecology and Empire4
ECON 706Economics of Climate Change4
ENGL 521Nature Writers4
ENGL 736Environmental Theory4
ENGL #747Studies in American Poetry4
ENGL 787English Major Seminar4
EREC 444The New Pirates of the Caribbean4
EREC 572Introduction to Natural Resource Economics4
EREC 760Ecological-Economic Modeling for Decision Making4
GEOG 405There Is No Planet B4
GEOG 590Field Research4
GEOG 673Political Ecology4
GEOG 685Population and Development4
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
HMP 715Environmental Health4
INCO 505ASemester in the City Becoming a Problem Solver4
INCO 505BSocial Innovator's Toolbox4
INCO 505ISemester in the City: Boston and SITC @ UNH Internship8
NR 602Natural Resources and Environmental Policy4
NR 643Economics of Forestry4
NR #701Ecological Sustainability and Values4
NR 720International Environmental Politics and Policies for the 21st Century4
NR 724Resolving Environmental Conflicts4
NR 784Sustainable Living - Global Perspectives4
NR 787Advanced Topics in Sustainable Energy4
PHIL 450Environmental Ethics4
POLT 444Politics and Policy in a Warming World4
POLT 548Drug Wars4
POLT 750Politics of Poverty4
RMP 511Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society4
RUSS 425MTopics in Russian Culture and Society in Moscow4
SOC 444AHonors/Society in the Arctic4
SOC 565Environment and Society4
SOC #665Environmental Sociology4
SOC 730Communities and the Environment4
SUST 600Sustainability Independent Study1-4
SUST 605Sustainability Internship1-4
TOUR 767Social Impact Assessment4
WS 505Survey in Women's Studies4
WS 798Colloquium4
  • Comprehend grand challenges
    Students gain knowledge of the fundamental aspects of complex sustainability challenges.
  • Think in systems
    Students have an ability to analyze and synthesize the interconnections among environmental, social, and economic aspects of complex systems, as well as how problems manifest at different scales (local to global) and at different times (connections between past, present, and future).
  • Advocate for values
    Students can identify, assess, respect, and navigate the diverse values, interests, and types of knowledge inherent in sustainability challenges, while simultaneously addressing power imbalances and promoting social justice. 
  • Apply knowledge to a lifetime of action
    Personal practice: Students understand how sustainability impacts their lives and can assess how their actions impact sustainability at personal, institutional, and societal levels.
    Professional practice: All students, regardless of major, understand how their professional work contributes to sustainable communities, can apply disciplinary and other forms of knowledge and skills to contribute to sustainable solutions.
    Collaborative practice: Students learn how to collaborate across disciplines and across sectors to jointly determine project goals, create knowledge, and develop innovative and effective solutions to sustainability challenges.