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The Sustainability Studies program, in keeping with the Mission statement for the Department of Natural Sciences at Elizabeth City State University, offers baccalaureate degrees to a diverse student population. This is the most recent addition to the departmental programs and aims to train the next generation of students who will be responsible to address the pressing environmental challenges the global population is currently facing.  The program faculty integrate technology and active learning in the classroom.  Through innovative and flexible educational experiences, the program fosters student engagement in hands-on training on environmental, social with special emphasis on behavioral health, technological and entrepreneurship aspects of sustainability.

Through a set of well-designed and focused courses, students will receive a firm knowledge of basic sustainability principles and will also get the opportunity to focus on their area of interest by delving more in-depth in one of the three programmatic concentrations.

The Sustainability Studies program focuses on the following skills in the context of solving global sustainability issues by addressing them locally;

  • Analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Synthesizing and team working

Plan of Study

Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Studies


  • Behavioral Health
  • Sustainability Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Technology

BS in Sustainability Studies Graduates are well positioned to serve in government agencies, educational institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations a diverse array of sustainability-related positions. These Green-careers are expanding rapidly as we are becoming aware of the rapid depletion of natural resources and a growing need for society to shift to sustainable resources. These include serving as:

  • Sustainability Specialist

  • Environmental Scientists & Specialists, including Health

  • Environmental Science & Protection Technicians, including Health

  • Energy Brokers
    Natural Sciences Managers

  • Remote Sensing Scientists & Technologists

  • Climate Change Analysts

  • Green Marketers

  • Occupational Health & Safety Technicians

  • Occupational Health & Safety Specialists

  • Compliance Managers

  • Sustainability Policy Consultant

  • Sustainability Program Coordinator

  • Environmental Public Relations Officer

  • Natural Science Manager

  • Watershed Science Technician

  • Conservation Technician

  • Environmental Scientist

Emergency Management CERT

Women In Aviation International

Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity

Students in the Sustainability Studies program have the opportunity to engage in internships in regional government agencies and private companies and conduct undergraduate research under a number of federally funded programs.

Department Chair

Eyualem Abebe, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

401 Jenkins Science Center
Campus Box 930
Phone: (252) 335-3236
Fax: (252) 335-3697