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Academic Programs

Academic programs that focus on sustainability include undergraduate degrees, minors and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees and certificate programs. One is designated as a green leaf program if it meets either of these criteria:

  1. Sustainability-focused academic programs require at least one green leaf course. Either that course is itself sustainability-focused or else the program requires a set of sustainability-related courses with aggregated substance equivalent to a sustainability-focused course.
  2. Sustainability-related academic programs either require at least one sustainability-related course or else offer any green leaf course as an option or elective.*

Over 70 green leaf courses contribute to Mason’s green leaf programs, listed below, as well as to undergraduate general education requirements.

Undergraduate Majors

Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, BS

Earth Science, BS (Newly Approved for 2014)

Environmental and Sustainability Studies, BA

Environmental Science, BS

Geology, BA (Newly Approved for 2014)

Global Affairs, BA

Global and Environmental Change, BS (Newly Approved for 2014)

Parks and Outdoor Recreation concentration in Health Fitness and Recreation Resources, BS

Tourism and Events Management, BS




Undergraduate Minors and Certificates

  1. Applied Conservation Studies Minor
  2. Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership Undergraduate Certificate
  3. Environmental Policy Minor*
  4. Global Affairs  Minor*
  5. Environmental Management Undergraduate Certificate*
  6. Sustainability Studies Minor

Graduate Degrees

  1. Global Affairs, MA*
  2. Energy and Sustainability concentration in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  3. Environmental Science and Policy, MS
  4. Environmental Science and Public Policy, PhD

Graduate-level Certificates

  1. Environmental Conflict Resolution and Collaboration Graduate Certificate
  2. Environmental Management Graduate Certificate
  3. Sustainability and the Environment Graduate Certificate

* Meets green leaf criteria when options are selected to ensure coverage of “people, planet and prosperity” across the program’s curriculum.

Suggestions for additional green leaf courses or academic programs may be sent to the Provost’s Fellow for Sustainability Studies, Andrew Wingfield (