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Degrees that focus on environmentalism and sustainability are increasingly popular these days at both traditional and online colleges.
In a world where “going green” is a buzzword and the concept of climate change is a social, scientific, and political issue rolled into one, there is increasing interests in the study of sustainability.
This naturally means that an environmental background is appealing to employers in a wide range of industries and fields, among them consulting, engineering, design, and construction. Students who possess a degree in sustainability or a related topic are often able to enter the job market as stronger candidates.
— Karen Maskall(@kar3n2) September 20, 2012
On that note, let’s take a look at some of the top degree programs in sustainability offered at American online colleges.
If you’re interested in gaining added credibility or knowledge in the area of environmentalism, you may want to consider the following programs:
-Columbia Southern University, BS in Environmental Management
One of the oldest and largest online universities, Columbia Southern is known for the breadth and quality of its degree offerings. The Environmental Management program, moreover, is one of the school’s most well-regarded. It leaves students knowledgeable in federal environmental standards, principles of resource use and protection, and sustainability technology. Graduates are well-prepared for work in an industrial, corporate, or regulatory environment.
-Everglades University Online, BS in Alternative and Renewable Energy Management
Florida-based Everglades University offers smaller class sizes and more focused concentrations than the average online college. Its program in Alternative and Renewable Energy Management is no exception. The program focuses strong on renewable energy sources such as solar, photovoltaic, nuclear, wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric. It prepares students for management, construction, and consulting careers in green energy enterprises of any kind.
-Walden University, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability Strategies
Walden University is an online college that puts a strong emphasis on graduate work, academic standards, and instructional quality – attributes all of which make its M.B.A. in Sustainability Strategies a solid choice for the enterprising environmentalist. The degree itself takes a strong technological, future-driven, and corporate approach to environmental studies. Graduates leave with the ability to enact and management energy policies in any management position in the business world.
-Southern New Hampshire University, M.B.A. in Sustainability and Environmental Compliance
Southern New Hampshire University is a good choice for students who seek an affordable education and a real-world campus alongside its online one. The university also offers one of the best M.B.A. degrees in sustainability: its Sustainability and Environmental Compliance program. The program teaches students how to be both green and economical while running a business. To do this, it brings together a diverse collection of instructors – composed of executives and environmental advocates – to show students that going green and complying with regulations does not necessitate incurring greater business costs.
-Green Mountain College, Sustainable M.B.A. Program
Green Mountain College is one of the few online institutions with a strong environmental focus. Students in all degree tracts complete an Environmental Liberal Arts General Education Program, classes are taught by educators experienced in green energy and technology, and the school further provides all students access to an online library full of environmental resources. The Sustainable M.B.A. program follows in this tradition. It offers concentrations in government policy, green development, natural and organic resources, and renewable energy, thereby giving students a broad spectrum of sustainability options.
These are just a few of the most highly-regarded online sustainability programs out there.
We can only expect colleges to announce more sustainability options in the coming years. Whether you are looking to work in the public or private sector, for a large corporation or for a small startup, anyone contemplating a career in sustainability can certainly find a program that fits their needs.