School of Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science: Environmental & Sustainability Studies (ESS)

Bachelor of Science | Environmental & Sustainability Studies (ESS)
Concentrations: Environmental Science | Environmental Technology | Society, Culture & Communication

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Do you want to find solutions to real-world problems? Unleash your environmental spirit!

Would you like to lead a purposeful professional life that positively impacts the environment? This degree prepares students for careers focused on sustaining Earth's resources for future generations!

  • Each year environmental issues become more complex due to population growth, pollution, and limited natural resources.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Tennessee Tech prepares you to lead and succeed in this fast-growing career field through solid scientific foundations and broad context applications.


Information & Assistance

Dr. Hayden Mattingly, 931-372-3698 or email

Dr. Tammy Boles, 931-372-6123 or email

Dr. Steven Sharp, 931-372-6221 or email

Irene Mauk, 931-372-6246 or email

  • Environmental professionals work at all levels private sector firms, government agencies, and scientific facilities in managerial, policy, research and communications roles.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 30% increase in job availability for environmental scientists and specialists.

Three B.S. Degree Concentrations

Purpose of Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESS) undergraduate program focuses on developing a student's ability to find solutions to environmental problems through an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. ESS Big Island 085 wb

The ESS degree aligns well with the vision and mission of Tennessee Tech as the state's comprehensive university known for offering high-quality programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. This program will produce graduates for a growing field of career opportunities and state and national need.

The ESS program will foster in students the desire to lead purposeful professional lives through the application of scientific principles to environmental issues within the social, political and economic framework of our society.

ESS Program Goals

  • to prepare students to analyze and propose sustainable solutions for complex, real-world environmental problems;
  • to understand and integrate ideas from the ecological, social, and physical sciences with technological solutions;
  • to be life-long learners;
  • and, to lead socially responsible lives that sustain the Earth's fragile environment.
General Education Curriculum Applies to All ESS Undergraduate Degree Concentrations
For assistance contact Dr. Hayden Mattingly, 931-372-3698 or email

General Curriculum

  • ENGL 1010 / English Composition I (3)
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  • ENGL 1020 / English Composition II (3)

  • COMM 2025 
or PC 2500 / Fundamentals of Comm. or Communication in the Professions (3)
  • *MATH 1130 / College Algebra; MATH 
1830 / Applied Calculus; or MATH 1910 / Calculus I (3 or 4)
    • * Mathematics course depends on concentration of study
  • HIST 2010 / Early United States History (3)

  • HIST 2020 / Modern United States History (3)
ENGL 2130, 
or 2330 / Sophomore Literature (3)

  • PHIL 1030 / Intro. to Philosophy (3)

  • Hum/FA Elective (From approved list) (3)

  • ECON 2010 
/ Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • SOC 1010 / Intro. to Sociology (3)
*CHEM 1010/ Introductory Chemistry I or CHEM 
1110 /General Chemistry I (4)
BIOL 1020 / Diversity of Life (4)

* Check concentration requirements.

Major Field Core Curriculum

  • AGBE 4120 / Natural Resource Economics (3)

  • BIOL 3120/3130 / General Ecology (with lab or non-lab) (3-4)

  • ESS 1100 / Intro. to Environmental Studies (3)

  • ESS 1020 / Connections to Environmental and Sustainability Studies(1)

  • *ESS 3710 or CHEM 4710 / Chemistry and the Environment (3)
ESS 3000 / Intro. to Environmental Law (3)
ESS 4001/4002 / Society and the Environment: Capstone Experience Part I and II (6)

  • GEOL 1045 / Earth Environment, Resources and Society (4)

  • HIST 3900 / Environmental History (3)

  • MATH 3070 / Statistical Methods I (3)

  • SOC 3600 / Environmental Sociology (3)

* Check concentration requirements.