Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship – Program Features

Experiential-Based Learning

Maryville now offers a new and exciting program of study, a B.S. in Biology with a Concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship. This major focuses on innovative solutions for our sustainable future and an experiential and cross-discipline learning approach. Students take a strong core, focused on the foundational concepts in biology, as well as an experiential-learning core focused on the principles of sustainability.

Students in the Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship program are offered opportunities for research and internships in related fields. Maryville provides grants for summer research programs and partners with local institutions such as Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri Botanical Garden and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Students interested in environmental public policy and the decisions critical to the development of local, regional or national strategies can work with a public or private environmental facility off campus.

Maryville's Sustainability 150 class visits the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center inspecting a plant that is developed to make jet fuel.

Maryville’s Sustainability 150 class visits the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center inspecting a plant that is developed to make jet fuel.

Graduates are prepared for admission into strong graduate and professional schools or may begin careers in positions in industry, consultancy, utilities, regulatory agencies, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, or local, state or federal government. Career choices in the field range from conservation scientists, ecologists, hydrologists, foresters, environmental health and safety inspectors, urban planners and environmental attorneys.

In addition to a B.S. degree in Biology with a concentration in Sustainability, Maryville also offers a minor in Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship for those who wish to major in other fields, but recognize the importance of sustainability in all areas of life. This minor emphasizes the links between human choices and environmental effects and focuses on experiential learning, interdisciplinary approaches, and community outreach. The minor requires a minimum of 8 courses (4 required and 4 electives) for a total of 24-28 credit hours. Elective courses should be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. Students who graduate with a concentration or a minor in Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship will automatically qualify for the Maryville Core Value Distinction in Sustainability. All graduates with this distinction will receive the Sustainability Cord for commencement and an additional certificate of recognition from the Center for Sustainability.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few. Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.