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Degrees in Sustainability

Degrees in Sustainability

Environmental Degree Programs at SMU

Environmental degree programs at SMU meet at the intersection of commercial demand and public service. The market for environmental professionals is expected to grow, not only as people tap into their own passion for sustainability through education and personal experience, but as government agencies and corporations are pushed to comply with environmental regulations and policies.

SMU offers multiple undergraduate majors and minors in the areas of the environment and sustainability.  The university also offers several graduate degree programs for students with various undergraduate backgrounds.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies (Dedman College of Science and Humanities)

In the emerging green economy, there is a growing understanding that sustainable living and development are key components for a healthy, economically viable society. A degree in Environmental Studies from SMU provides the tools for finding effective, cultural solutions to global environmental problems in government chambers, corporate boardrooms and classrooms with the knowledge that caring for the environment makes good business sense and helps support a sense of community.

SMU’s Environmental Studies degree program features an interdisciplinary curriculum for students who are interested in studying the environment at a societal and policy-making level but do not intend to become scientists. Complex environmental issues are considered from multiple perspectives such as anthropology, business, economics, engineering, science and sociology.

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Dedman College of Science and Humanities)

The Environmental Science Program at Southern Methodist University is an interdisciplinary program with a technical core of biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics and physics. Students choose an upper-level emphasis in either biology, chemistry or earth science, culminating in their senior year with a multi-disciplinary Environmental Science Seminar focusing on real-world issues and problems.

The Environmental Science Program develops the scientific literacy, technical skills and creative problem-solving techniques necessary to understand and deal with environmental processes and issues. The Program's speaker series highlights interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues.

Environmental science provides a good undergraduate degree for students who are interested in careers in medicine, law, public policy, enforcement, site remediation, or conservation biology.

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate Minor in Environmental Engineering (Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering)

Environmental engineering focuses on planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, and managing the nation’s physical infrastructure such as buildings, bridges, power plants, water and wastewater systems while also focusing on conservation, natural resource recovery, air quality and pollution control, and environmental health.

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The Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering also offers an undergraduate minor in Environmental Engineering. To learn more about the minor, click here.

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Sustainability and Development (Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering)

The Master of Arts in Sustainability and Development, offered with the support of The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity and the United Nations Refugee Agency, appeals to private, public, and non-profit leaders who wish to serve as a catalyst for change and operate on an expert level of sustainability. The program prepares students to bring lasting and sustainable solutions to heal a hurting world and design change.

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Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering)

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering is a graduate degree for engineers which emphasizes engineering analysis and design of both technological and management-oriented solutions to environmental problems, while broadly addressing the fundamental science and regulatory aspects of the field.

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Master of Science in Environmental Science (Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering)

This graduate degree is for students who have an undergraduate degree in one of the quantitative sciences or mathematics, or in one of the engineering disciplines.  It emphasizes the fundamental science and regulatory framework of the environmental field, while broadly addressing analysis and design of both technological and management-oriented solutions to environmental problems.

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Master of Liberal Studies with concentration in Environmental Sustainability (The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development)

The Environmental Sustainability concentration builds an understanding of natural systems as well social and political institutions and behavior. Students explore the complex interaction between humanity and nature on a global and local level. This concentration is not designed to be a professional or vocational credential, but rather to enrich the student’s knowledge and understanding of this curricular field of study. 

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