Sustainability Studies at Messiah College
Are you interested in how sustainable practices affect people
in communities? Are you ready to engage the future by being a part of
Messiah's more than 40 year history of resource stewardship and creation
Messiah's interdepartmental sustainability studies major is built upon a holistic approach that emphasizes the social, ecological and economic aspects of sustainable human communities. From the cultivation of the Grantham Community Garden to internship opportunities with organizations such as Mennonite Central Committee and ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) that can take you around the world, you won't just learn about sustainability, you'll live it.
In addition to learning intensive propagation techniques in the community garden, Messiah has a state-of-the-art greenhouse and environmental labs which are home to projects in institutional composting, aquaponics, aquaculture, hydroponics and biodiesel production. Beyond the Grantham campus, you might choose to live in Harrisburg to become involved in community development projects within an urban environment.
You'll have the opportunity to work alongside Messiah faculty, conducting research in sustainable agriculture, urban food production, plant ecology, using forests as food production permacultures and more. As a graduate in sustainability studies, you'll be well-equipped to engage in political service, public policy, law, sustainable agriculture or Christian service.
Sustainability studies major distinctives
- Gain hands-on experience in ecological and urban restoration
- Gain practical training in applied sustainable agriculture working in the campus garden or through work with an international aquaponics organization
- Immerse yourself in planning for and achieving energy savings for the campus physical plant and for carbon management
- Get involved in sourcing and resource recovery opportunities for local industries
- Choose from many internship opportunities, including the Nature Conservancy, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), A Rocha International, ECHO, and local organic farms for produce and beef
- Utilize a geographic information system (GIS) in the student computer lab
- Choose from several student
clubs/organizations including Earthkeepers, the Restoration House and
Career options for sustainability studies majors
As a graduate of the sustainability studies program, students are equipped to secure positions in areas such as:
- Urban renewal
- Environmental agencies
- Public policy
- Sustainable agriculture
Internship opportunities for sustainability studies majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized Internship Center helps place students in a variety of sustainability studies internships. A few examples include:
- Organic farms
- Urban gardens
- Aquaponics company
- Economic development agencies
- State or federal agencies
- Legislative committees
Learn more about the Department of Biology
- One hundred percent of faculty hold terminal degrees in their field.
- Faculty have published in peer-reviewed journals including American Scientist, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, Science and Christian Belief, Journal of Virology, Journal of Immunology, Northeastern Naturalist, Zygon, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Clinical and Experimental Metastasis, Biotechniques, American Journal of Pathology, Clinical Cancer Research and Journal of Herpetology.
- Recent graduates have been admitted to top graduate programs, such as University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Loma Linda University, Case Western Reserve, Penn State University and Drexel University College of Medicine.
- High graduate school acceptance rate
- Opportunity to get involved with Sigma Zeta, Grantham Community Garden, Earth Keepers, Medical Awareness Society, Biology Club
- On-campus green house, real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines, phase contrast and fluorescence microscopes with digital photography, scanning electron microscopes, environmental growth chamber, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system, plant and animal tissue culture hoods and incubators.
- More than 100 acres of natural habitat on campus including 70 acres of forest and the Yellow Breeches Creek.
- Students can travel to international settings to study biology or health care-related courses taught by Messiah faculty.