Sustainable gardening and collaboration are two things emphasized in the Sustainability major at Sierra Nevada University
Socially just innovation at the nexus of food, water, and energy systems.


B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability

and choose from  Environmental Science | Ski Business & Resort Management | Entrepreneurship | Journalism | Sustainability Studies |

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 SNU Tahoe’s liberal arts and Interdisciplinary Studies 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

Sustainability and Ski Business Resort Management alumna Marina McCoy enjoys a sunset

Class of 2016

"Waste Free Earth isn’t just about music festivals. It’s about using music festivals as a platform to inspire environmental sustainability in our everyday lives and in our communities. Imagine the kind of impact that would have.” . . . 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.

Exploring Cold Weather Food Production

Sustainability students in the beginning stages of building greenhouses at Sierra Nevada University
Sustainability students begin to plant in the greenhouses they built in the Demonstration Garden at Sierra Nevada University

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.

Experience a Different Reality

Sustainability travel courses at Sierra Nevada University.


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, an optional travel course offered for Sustainability students at Sierra Nevada University

Costa Rica Agroecology and Tropical Ecology

Learn about sustainable agricultural practices and their role in community development. Explore the ecology of lowland rainforests.

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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
Program Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies

Brennan Lagasse
Program Chair, Sustainability
775.831.1314 x7423

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Sierra Nevada University's Interdisciplinary Studies program offers majors in
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Sustainability, Digital Arts & Business, Journalism & Media, and
Psychology & Art or Music.