The Department of Sustainability and Renewable Resources offers a major and minor for students whose career interests are focused on the applications of environmental, social, and political science for solving current issues in environmental science and sustainability. Students that have an interest in science but are not interested in the career offerings of traditional science degrees may find this program suits their needs. The applied problem-solving approach will serve students that seek careers in consulting, policy and regulation, and urban and community planning. The department also offers courses that contribute to the general education program for McMurry students.


Areas of Study

This degree program combines aspects of traditional sciences, environmental science, social science, economics, and cultural components to provide a truly interdisciplinary experience for students.

Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and Renewable Resources

As a Sustainability and Renewable Resources major, you’ll take a broad set of courses, including biology, chemistry, conservation, environmental pollution, climate change, environmental sociology, environmental stewardship, and environmental policy and regulation. Sustainability and Renewable Resources

Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Research

Opportunities exist within the department for students to gain hands-on research experience in a range of sustainability topics.

Research Teams

Research teams allow students to work intensively on a research project for multiple semesters as part of a team of students. Research Teams

Departmental Honors

Honors Program

Departmental Internships

Internships are available that give students practical experience in the field of sustainability.

Departmental Awards

Each year, the outstanding students in elementary and intermediate language courses are recognized in the all-university Sustainability and Renewable Resources awards ceremony. At the same ceremony, the Gertrude Looney scholarship is awarded to the outstanding junior language student, and the Elizabeth Myatt award is presented to the outstanding senior language student.

Global Learning Endorsement

The Global Learning Endorsement provides an opportunity for students to highlight academic achievement in global/international studies on their transcript. This endorsement will provide helpful documentation of the student’s expertise for employment in an increasingly globalized world. Learn More

Beyond McMurry


Careers in sustainability range from consulting work in large corporations, to policy making in government positions, to hands-on agricultural engineering. The multidisciplinary knowledge and hands-on problem-solving skills you gain with a bachelor’s degree open the door to a wide variety of career options. Possibilities include:
  • City Energy Manager
  • Climate Resiliency Analyst
  • Conservation Worker
  • Ecologist
  • Energy Management Manager
  • Environmental Compliance Manager
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health and Safety Analyst
  • Environmental Science and Protection Tech
  • Environmental Science Teacher
  • Geoscientist
  • Renewability Engineer
  • Sustainability Engineer
  • Wildlife Trooper/Park Ranger/Forester

Join the Ranks of Accomplished Alumni

Though the outlook of each career path varies, sustainability is an area of expanding opportunity. According to EnvironmentalScience.org, “Sustainability is a burgeoning industry that’s growing as technology advances and the world's natural resources become more and more scarce.”On the corporate side, industry leaders like 7-Eleven Inc., the American Hospital Association, CBRE, JLL, J.P. Morgan Chase, Tenet Healthcare, Wells Fargo and dozens more are adding positions in sustainability and renewability.

Faculty and Staff

Brad Blackwell Department Chair / Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Renewable Resources
Joel Brant Department Chair / Professor of Biology
Terrence Boyle Assistant Professor of Biology
Brooke Wright Department Chair / Instructor of Human Health Sciences