Sustainability program approved at SU
On July 13, Shippensburg
University received approval from the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s
State System of Higher Education for a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability.
The program, offered through the College of Arts and Science’s Geography/Earth
Science Department, will prepare students for careers in sustainability and
resource conservation and management.
the next ten years, jobs in the field of sustainability are projected to
increase by 6.8 percent. With many positions anticipated in Franklin,
Cumberland, Adams, Dauphin and York counties, Ship is well positioned to
provide for this need in the region.
excited about the new sustainability degree in the Department of Geography/Earth
Science. Sustainability has emerged as the cornerstone in the implementation and
understanding of land use and economic development policies at local, state and
federal levels,” said Dr. William Blewett, professor and chair of Geography/Earth
In 2015, Ship received a
$50,000 National Science Foundation InTeGrate grant to develop curriculum that
supports sustainability. The
new degree emerged through interdisciplinary collaboration that included
faculty from the Geography/Earth Science, Biology, Mathematics, Psychology,
Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management departments.
is becoming increasingly important across a variety of disciplines, which is
why it was important to engage with multiple departments and faculty experts to
create this new program. We’re pleased to bring this unique and comprehensive
opportunity to students,” said Dr. Tracy Schoolcraft, acting
provost and vice president of academic affairs.
is especially noteworthy because it combines the ‘soft’ skills of
sustainability with the ‘hard’ skills of geotechnology and geographic
information systems,” Blewett said.
currently offers undergraduate programs in geoenvironmental studies, environmental
land use planning and geographic information systems programs and a master's in
Ship is also
home to the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, an interdisciplinary center that
leverages the expertise of Ship faculty, staff, and students to promote sustainable
land use, economic development, cultural and natural resource management, and
sustainability program will launch in fall 2017.