Bachelor of Science in Sustainability

The Geography-Earth Science Department at Shippensburg University offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Sustainability degree program.

The Geography-Earth Science Department at Shippensburg University has a long history of excellence in environmental instruction and outreach, having graduated more than 600 students over the last 15 years in Geoenvironmental Studies, Environmental Land Use Planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and related concentrations.

Department faculty members come from diverse backgrounds and have had professional and entrepreneurial experiences before joining academia. Noted for expertise in watershed research, faculty members are currently working on solving real problems in the Cumberland Valley, the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Delaware River watershed, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Students can choose to partner with faculty on research projects.

Students also have access to Shippensburg University's Center for Land Use and Sustainability, which provides real-world experience and on-the-job technical skills students need for careers in the field. The campus organic farm, adjacent to campus, provides research and volunteer opportunities for students, faculty, and members of the Shippensburg community. The department also maintains the Burd Run Field Laboratory, adjacent to campus, which contains a restored wetland designed to mitigate nitrates from nearby agricultural runoff.

Students can also join the department's student organization, GESO. Members get together for hiking, camping, geocaching, and other outdoor activities including volunteer environmental clean-up work. The group also takes an annual volunteer weekend trip (Alternative Spring Break) in Wallops Island, VA at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station to work on beach restoration with a variety of projects, such as planting riparian buffers, and creating oyster habitat.

In Pennsylvania, job growth in sustainability fields is projected to increase 6.8% from 2015 to 2026.  In 2026, there are projected to be 30,045 jobs in sustainability fields in Pennsylvania. Jobs classified as natural resource conservation oriented are projected to increase 11.3% to 7,242 jobs in 2026 while jobs classified as natural resource management oriented are projected to increase 5.5% to 24,660 jobs in 2026.

A sustainability degree can be used in a number of fields, including management, science, and engineering.


Shippensburg University's Bachelor of Science in Sustainability is a 60-credit undergraduate degree program. Students wishing to earn this degree in the Geography-Earth Science Department will also need to complete the general education requirements for all undergraduate programs. For additional information about the program, courses, and other requirements for registration,  please contact the department at

Geography/Earth Science
Shearer Hall 104, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1685
Department Website