The BS in Environment & Sustainability curriculum exposes you to many different foundational environmental and sustainability topics and empowers you to choose your own path as you grow. Unlike many traditional undergraduate degree programs, in the initial two years of this program, you’ll follow a more structured path, while the last two years offer greater flexibility to explore.


Learn about the degree’s typical trajectory, including foundational courses, hands-on experiences, capstones and more


Learning through unique experiences

You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience and develop professional skills throughout your four years by earning credits in and outside of the classroom in internships, environmental immersions, capstones, and more. Here are a few core learning experiences that make the degree unique:

Environmental Immersions

Students have the incredible opportunity to participate in at least one environmental immersion experience. These experiences can take place abroad, within the United States, or even in Washington, D.C. These immersions are not only intercultural experiences, but also provide in-depth knowledge and practical application of environmental and sustainability concepts. While we strongly encourage and advise all students to participate in an environmental immersion, it will not be a mandatory requirement. We have partnerships with immersive programs and we are actively developing new collaborations around the world in places like Doha, Qatar, Fiesole, Italy, Greece, and more.

Professional Development

Professional development experiences are integral to our program. We’ve broadened the concept beyond traditional internships to offer diverse ways for students to gain professional skills and experience. All students will have a credit-bearing professional development experience, which will include a professional internship (internal or external to Georgetown) and a corresponding seminar.

Peer leadership

Peer Leadership is a vital part of our program, empowering students to become effective environmental leaders. In the third and fourth years, all students participate in a form of credit-bearing student peer leadership like peer teaching, mentoring or experience creation. Instruction and mentoring in peer leadership are built into credit-bearing work. This experience includes a faculty-led foundation course in peer mentoring and teaching tailored to specific roles as well as practical assignments and reflections. These six credits contribute to personal and professional development, offering a unique opportunity to learn and grow as environmental change leaders within the program.