BS IN Sustainability Science

College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry and Environmental Science Department

On Campus

Learn in small class sizes and conduct independent research with award-winning faculty.

As a sustainability science student, you will learn in small class sizes and conduct independent research with award-winning faculty. We are dedicated to active learning and field based instruction.

Charlotte offers many opportunities for field study, and our well-connected faculty bridge connections to places like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council, Charlotte Nature Museum, McDowell Nature Preserve and more.

"[Sustainability Studies] offers countless opportunities. Learning in small groups, gaining experience in the field, and conducting research in the lab have prepared me well for my graduate studies." Johanna Schoenecker '17

When you graduate, you'll be prepared for either graduate-level study or environmental careers. Our recent graduates have gone on to:

  • Graduate studies in Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Sciences & Engineering at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • Graduate studies in Globalization, Environment and Social Change at Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Field Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service
  • Agronomist in Madagascar with the U.S. Peace Corps
  • Teaching High School Chemistry & Environmental Science at Yap High School, Federated States of Micronesia
  • Environmental Consultant with a private Environmental Remediation firm in Miami, Florida


You will be a practicing scientist on your first day of class. At Queens, our small class sizes enable hands-on learning. You will learn by doing.  


Rogers Hall features dynamic, interactive classrooms and lab space, a vibrant state-of-the-art greenhouse and an exterior green wall in the shape of a double helix. The green features of the building itself demonstrate the environmental conservation that's taught within its walls.

The Biomanufacturing Lab is a place for course-embedded and independent research projects focused on biodiesel, cellulosic biofuels and bio-products. Core principals of analytical chemistry, biotechnology and engineering are used to construct and critically evaluate systems to produce sustainable fuels, materials and even medicines.

Rogers Hall

Rogers Hall


Green Team
Clubs and OrganizationsGreen Team
Join this student-run group that works together to impact positive environmental change, starting right on campus.
Bamboo forest
Extended ClassroomStudy Abroad
With study abroad fees included in comprehensive tuition rates, most students take their studies abroad, like to this bamboo forest in Japan. Where will you go?
Carolina Raptor Center internship
Extended ClassroomInternships
Students interested in sustainability have interned at Sierra Club, Discovery Place, Carolina Raptor Center, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and more.

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