Green Majors, Green Pockets

Studying sustainabilty in college could land you an in-demand career

College is the time to find yourself and to have the best time of your life, but the overall goal is to get a degree. The degree that you earn will give you the knowledge to succeed in the field you choose. An issue that continues to get attention is climate control. One way to earn a living and get educated about what’s happening with the world is to major in a degree surrounding environmental change. Here are some majors worth looking into.

Marine Biology

Marine biology is the study of marine organisms. Studies include their behavior and interactions with the environment surrounding the organisms. According to The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute, this field of study is important because it will improve the ability to derive food, drinking water, energy sources, waste disposal, and transportation from the ocean. Careers related to this field are environmental consultant, environmental lobbyist, biotechnology specialist, and aquaculturist.


According to the site WayUp, a major in sustainability studies will help you learn how to protect and preserve the use of the planet’s natural resources. Your goal would be to minimize risk in economics, business, and human environment to maintain the environmental impacts caused by people. Classes in this major include ecology, urban planning, and economics. A few of the career paths associated with a degree in sustainability studies is  marine sciences, journalism, and law.


Botany is the scientific study of plants. Plants are an essential key to managing life on this earth. Plants give off oxygen. Without plants breathing would be very difficult. Plants range from the smallest bacteria to the largest living things. There isn’t one type of plant biologist. According to Botanical Society of America, “field botanists search to find new species or do experiments to discover how plants grow under different conditions. Some botanists study the structure of plants. Others use microscopes to study the most detailed fine structure of individual cells. Many botanists do experiments to determine how plants convert simple chemical compounds into more complex chemicals.”

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering is a branch of engineering that focuses on reducing waste and pollution in our environment. Engineers design, plan and execute ways to control  environmental hazards. According to, students generally study basic engineering principles, ecosystem processes, fate and transport of organic contaminants, alternative energy technologies, air quality control technologies, principles of sustainability, water and wastewater treatment, mathematics, and computer-aided design.


A geologist is someone who deals with Earth’s physical structure and substance. Someone who is interested in groundwater/materials exploration, and extra-terrestrial planetary explorations.  According to Western Michigan University, a degree in this field includes the “study of rocks and minerals, rock-forming processes, sedimentary relationships, rock deformation and field methods in the geosciences.”

Hopefully these majors will stir up your passion to help make our planet a better place.


By Triniti Maye, Sophomore, Saint Xavier University

Instagram: t.rinit.i


Written by TrueStar Staff

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