Sustainability Programs

Explore your passion for sustainability with a degree from Michigan Tech.

What is Sustainability?

In short, it is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

At Michigan Tech, students practice sustainability with ecological, human, and economic aspects. We use physical and biological sciences - integrated with social, political, and technological facets - to assure you are given the tools to create a sustainable future.

Our goals are to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, take on challenges caused by climate change and environmental degradation, advance the role of renewable resources in society, and integrate societal needs and perspectives with science-based environmental practices.

With twelve tracks to choose from, students are able to explore their passion for sustainability and create a more sustainable future.

Tomorrow needs sustainability. Tomorrow needs Michigan Tech. Michigan Tech needs you.


What Will I Learn?

Choose from three majors and twelve different focus areas.

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Environmental Science and Sustainability

Physical and biological science. Social, political, and technological aspects of the environment.

Choose from three tracks:

  • Climate Science

  • Environmental Policy

  • Geospatial Science

College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science


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Sustainability Science and Society

Learn how to meet present societal needs (such as health, energy, food, shelter, and transportation) without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs through the integration of policy, justice, technology, economics, social & natural sciences. 

Choose from six focus areas: 

  • Environmental Policy
  • Engineering Sustainability
  • Sustainability and Communities
  • Environment and Society
  • Decision Making and Persuasion
  • Environmental Health and Justice

College of Sciences and Arts


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Sustainable Bioproducts

Understand bio-based resources. Advance the role of renewable resources. Learn how plant-based materials are used and reused for production of consumer goods

Choose from three concentrations: 

  • Bioproducts Business
  • Sustainable Structures
  • Circular Economy

College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science


Tomorrow needs stewards of the environment. It needs professionals who understand that physical, biological, and social sciences are at the heart of a more sustainable future. Are you up for the challenge?