Earth & Environmental Sustainability

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies - Environmental Sustainability

Rising sea levels, air and water pollution, and the soaring demand for energy -- these and many more challenges confront policy-makers at the global, national and local levels. More and more, society turns to environmental scientists and specialists to find ways to balance human health and environmental protection with free enterprise and economic prosperity. Green growth is one of the central issues of our age.

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in environmental sustainability will allow students to examine critical environmental issues by enrolling in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary coursework that integrates the physical and social sciences. In addition to required coursework, students can choose from four different tracks to further focus their studies and tailor their coursework to their own career and personal goals.

Check out the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Margaret F. Boorstein, Chair
Phone: 516 299-2318
Fax: 516-299-3945


Program Requirements

Required Courses (30-33 credits)

BIO 103 General Biology I (4)
BIO 104 General Biology II (4)
ECO 10 Introduction to Microeconomics (3)*
ERS 1 Earth Science 1 (4)
ERS/GGR 11 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability (3)
ERS/GGR 17 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3-4)
ERS/GGR 21 Applied Conservation (3-4)
EVS 100 Senior Seminar in Environmental Sustainability (3)

One of the following:
MTH 3 College Algebra and Trigonometry (4)
MTH 4 Introductory Mathematics for Business and Social Science (3)*
MTH 7 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (4)
MTH 8 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (4)
*Students taking this course will need to complete additional courses to satisfy Core curriculum requirements.

Students also need to complete one of the following tracks:

Biology Track

Four courses from the following:
BIO 107 Genetics (4)
BIO 109 Ecology (4)
BIO 271 Marine Biology (4)
BIO 274 Conservation Biology (4)
BIO 290 Special Topics in Ecology/Evolution (3-4)

Geology/Earth Science Track

Four courses from the following:
ERS/GGR 12 Meteorology (3-4)
ERS/GGR 18 Application and Technical Issues in GIS (3-4)
ERS/GGR 22 Natural Disasters (3)
ERS/GLY 29 Global Climate Change (3)
GLY 2 History of the Earth (4)
GLY 12 Oceanography (3)
GLY 15 The Geology of Groundwater Resources (3)
GLY 23 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
GLY 50 Environmental Geology (3)

Social Science Track

Four courses from the following:
ECO/GGR 25 Economic Geography (3)
ERS/GGR 18 Application and Technical Issues in GIS (3-4)
ERS/GGR 27 Sustainable Cities and Suburbs (3)
GGR 28 Quantitative Methods in Geography (3)
GGR 29 Human Dimensions of Climate Change (3)
GGR 43 Geography of the United States and Canada (3)
GGR 61 Geography of Africa (3)
GGR 70 Geography of the People's Republic of China and Taiwan (3)
SOC 73 Environmental Sociology (3)

Social Science/Arts and Humanities Track

Two courses from the Social Science Track (see above) and
Two courses from the following:

CIN 303 Film and Society (3)
ENG 303 World Literature I (3)
ENG 304 World Literature II (3)
HIS 125 U.S. Environmental History (3)
PHI 98 Environmental Philosophy (3)
JOU 40 Environmental Reporting (3)

Admission Requirements

  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college G.P.A. of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

Submitting An Application for Admissions

All applicants can apply for admission to LIU Post at My LIU or by using the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. For more information on the application process, visit the Admissions Office home page.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean