Sustainability Related Academics

This resource is designed to give you some ideas of the approaches to environmental issues from different academic disciplines. This list might also help undergraduate students find electives or majors related to sustainability. Although this list is extensive, it does not include special topics courses. Check the course catalog for program descriptions or check the course offering bulletin via my connection.

Additionally, Fredonia is proud to announce the new Environmental Studies Minor!

The Environmental Studies minor was designed to allow for exploration of environmental and sustainability issues through a variety of academic disciplines. Students develop a broad understanding of the interactions between humans and the environment through a core curriculum that includes Historical contexts, Humanities, and the Natural and Social Sciences. Beyond this core curriculum, students engage with at least two additional courses from two different disciplines including Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Sciences, Geology, History, Political Science, and Sociology. The program is tied together as a cohesive whole through two 1 credit capstone seminars.

The Environmental Studies minor is a strong addition to the curricular transcript of those students who are thinking about environmentally focused careers in the areas of: advocacy and public policy, communications, economics, history, journalism, law, or writing. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the program provides a solid foundation in the multitude of perspectives from which to view the natural world, and the variety of independent but interconnected paths from which to build a career focused on sustainability.



ANTH210 - Physical Anthropology

ANTH301 - Plagues And Peoples


BIOL115 - Environmental Biology

BIOL243 - Biodiversity

BIOL330/331 - General Ecology

BIOL343 - Conservation

BIOL421 - Biological Conservation

BIOL426 - Current Environmental Topics

BIOL420 - Population/Community Ecology



BUAD327 - Operations Management

BUAD378 - Business and Ethics


CHEM105 - Food Chemistry

CHEM107 - Chemistry for Consumers

CHEM113 - Chemistry and the Environment

CHEM126 - General Chemistry Lab II

CHEM154 - Nature of Science

CHEM302 - Chemistry in Today's Society

CHEM473 - Environmental Aquatic Chemistry

CHEM474 - Environmental Atmospheric Chemistry


COMM321 - Environmental Communication

COMM460 - Organizational Communication


ECON335 - Economic Development

ECON340 - Urban and Regional Economics

ECON380 - Environmental/Natural Resource Economics


EDU226 - The Earth As A System

EDU403 - Teaching Science in Inclusive Educational Settings


ENGL333 - Environmental Literature

ENGL399 - Literature of Place (special topic)

Environmental Sciences

ESCI105 - Global Environmental Issues

ESCI310 - Methods in Environmental Analysis

ESCI410 - Environmental Assessment

ESCI440 - Environmental Sciences Seminar


GEO121 - Landform Geography

GEO140 - Catastrophic Weather

GEO142 - Drifting Continents

GEO143 - Evolution of Life

GEO145 - Geology of New York State

GEO146 - Great Ice Age

GEO148 - Trembling Earth

GEO149 - Volcanoes

GEO150 - Moons and Planets

GEO152 - Evolution of Western Science

GEO160 - Oceanography

GEO165 - Geology I

GEO175 - Thirsty Planet

GEO180 - Weather and Climate

GEO210 - Geology II

GEO215 - Minerals and Rocks

GEO301 - Cartography

GEO311 - Global Climate

GEO331 - Restless Earth

GEO359 - Vanishing Earth Resources

Geographic Info Systems

GIS350 - Remote Sensing/Image Processing


HIST310 - World Environmental History

HIST352 - Environmental History of North America


PHYS104 - The Big Bang

Political Science

POLI240 - Urbanization and Environmental Challenges

POLI276 - Law and Society

POLI381 - Urban Politics and Policy

POLI387 - Environmental Policy


SOC215 - Introduction to Public Health


STAT250 - Statistics for Scientists

Faculty with Environmental Focus:

Bill Brown, Biology

Matt Gronquist, Chemistry

Mike Jabot, Education

Christina Jarvis, English

David Kinkela, History

Tracy Marafiote, Communications

Mike Milligan, Chemistry

Peter Reinelt, Economics