Socially just innovation at the nexus of food, water, and energy systems.


B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability

Explore sustainability for our communities, our businesses, our environmental systems, our schools, our cultures, and our lifestyles.

It’s Complicated

Sustainable innovation integrates environmental, social, and economic needs and opportunities. Take advantage of the breadth of SNC Tahoe’s liberal arts curriculum with classes in business and entrepreneurship, environmental science, international studies, law, communication, political science, and ethics to develop a broad perspective on today’s – and tomorrow’s – issues.

Find a Need and Fill It

Choose a sustainability challenge that interests you, conduct the applied research to identify the challenges and evaluate potential solutions, then make it happen! Student projects have addressed campus composting, eco-friendly garden design and management, food system assessments, small-scale water conservation practices such as rain barrels, development of sustainable business plans, and ways to encourage adoption of sustainable practices.

Meet INTD Sustainability major Marina McCoy

Class of 2016

It wasn’t until the end of my sophomore year of high school when I realized I couldn’t live without the mountains. Sierra Nevada College is the perfect school for me - the classes are small, the teachers are great, and the opportunities in Tahoe are endless. My long-term goals are to be an activist in the environmental world, to inspire everyone I interact with to live a more sustainable life, and to encourage others to embrace each individual's uniqueness! . . . Read More

Get Your Hands Dirty

Learn about food production and sustainable farming practices in our campus greenhouse.

Intern with local organizations at the forefront of food, water and energy sustainability initiatives. 25 years of concerted attention to the conservation of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding ecosystem have made this area a locus for cutting edge research and grassroots activism.

Expand your resources and meet your peers when you participate in conferences such as the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and EcoFarm.

Experience a Different Reality

Sustainability travel courses at Sierra Nevada College.


Holistic Sustainability in the Arctic

Travel to Arctic Village, north of the Arctic Circle, to live and study with the Gwitch’in tribe on the border of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

Sustainable Agriculture in Costa Rica

Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development in Costa Rica

(Coming Fall 2017)

The Future Needs You

Graduate with the knowledge tools, practical experience, and holistic understanding to make a difference, locally or globally. Our graduates have gone on to start their own businesses, teach, farm, work with non-profits, and continue on to advanced degrees.

Ask A Question

Please see the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS page for specific major course requirements.
A Minor in Sustainability is also available through Interdisciplinary Studies. Consult your advisor.

Katherine Zanto
Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair

Nick Babin
Sustainability Faculty | Agroecologist
775-831-1314 X7423

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