Studying Sustainability

This is Your World

Two students researching in the field

Sustainability is the commitment to safeguard a healthy and productive planet now and for generations to come. This matters to you, and it matters to us, too.

This is your world. Let's work together to protect it.

At the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, sustainability is at the core of everything we do. Sustainability informs our faculty’s approach to research and teaching, our capital investments, and our operational practices.

We believe deeply that the most valuable education is not just one that provides you with the ability to meet the needs and solve the challenges of the present, but one that teaches you to understand how actions and decisions impact
the future.

As a student at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, there will be many opportunities for you to think and live sustainably and for sustainable thinking to shape and direct the course of your studies and, eventually, your professional life.

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STARS Platinum

The highest possible from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of our sustainability achievements.

 

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"Coolest" School

The Sierra Club, recognizing our leadership in sustainability and our commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues, and encouraging environmental responsibility.

 

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Best Alternative Energy College

Great Value Colleges has recognized UNH at the top of a list of 50 universities that use the greenest power sources.

 

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Ecology Research

Journal of Ecology

 

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Best Environmental Science Program

Schools.com

Majors

Discover your sustainable pathway. Regardless of the major you choose, you can take coursework or engage in extra-curricular experiences that will prepare you to think and live sustainably and develop a holistic understanding of the world and its interconnectedness. Here, we highlight the programs that have an exceptionally strong focus on sustainable thinking and problem-solving.

Dual Majors

Explore the multi-disciplinary dual majors, which bring together subjects from two or more colleges on campus to create a unique academic program.

Minors

Add an important perspective to your education with a minor that offers a significant focus on sustainability. Choose to minor in any of the majors listed above, or consider these additional programs.

Study Abroad

Take advantage of extraordinary opportunities to learn about sustainable practices in another part of the world.

Additional Opportunities and Resources

Reach beyond your coursework to challenge yourself through meaningful and skill-building research and internships.

  • Studying the impact of invasive green crabs on shellfish in Great Bay Estuary
    Kelsey Meyer is a doctoral student in COLSA’s biological sciences: marine biology Ph.D. program. She currently spends a lot of time traversing Great Bay in a small boat, collecting invasive green crabs, baiting traps and monitoring tiles for oyster spat.
    Studying the impact of invasive green crabs on shellfish in Great Bay Estuary
    Kelsey Meyer is a doctoral student in COLSA’s biological sciences: marine biology Ph.D. program. She currently spends a lot of time traversing Great Bay in a small boat, collecting invasive green crabs, baiting traps and monitoring tiles for oyster spat.
  • COLSA Well Represented Among Winners
    In 2021, the UNH Sustainability Institute launched the UNH Sustainability Awards, which recognizes activities and achievements that best embody the principles and practices of sustainability.
    COLSA Well Represented Among Winners
    In 2021, the UNH Sustainability Institute launched the UNH Sustainability Awards, which recognizes activities and achievements that best embody the principles and practices of sustainability.
  • COLSA student follows her passion
    Mary Kate Munley's love of the sea has motivated her work monitoring Loggerhead sea turtles nesting along the coast of Florida and studying the state’s stone crab population.
    COLSA student follows her passion
    Mary Kate Munley's love of the sea has motivated her work monitoring Loggerhead sea turtles nesting along the coast of Florida and studying the state’s stone crab population.
  • Food insecurity concerns lead to change in major
    Alexandra Papadakis ’21 has long been interested in food. When she started at UNH, she thought that interest would take her in the direction of how it’s grown, harvested, marketed, consumed. Then she started thinking more about hunger.
    Food insecurity concerns lead to change in major
    Alexandra Papadakis ’21 has long been interested in food. When she started at UNH, she thought that interest would take her in the direction of how it’s grown, harvested, marketed, consumed. Then she started thinking more about hunger.
  • Changemaker in Training
    Tori Wyman ’21 is a Business Administration major and Environmental Conservation and Sustainability minor. She recently completed her second summer internship through UNH's Social Innovation Internship program. 
    Changemaker in Training
    Tori Wyman ’21 is a Business Administration major and Environmental Conservation and Sustainability minor. She recently completed her second summer internship through UNH's Social Innovation Internship program.