Academics & Research

Preparing students and innovations that create a more sustainable world

As a preeminent research university preparing tomorrow’s workforce, NC State is committed to academic excellence and research that improves the world. By educating about sustainability, students are better prepared for the complex social, environmental and economic challenges that the future holds.

Sustainability-Related Courses

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Sustainability-Related Degrees

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Faculty Integrating Sustainability

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High-Impact Education Opportunities

To get the most out of your education, you need to do more than go to class and take tests. The most successful students take advantage of high-impact opportunities that enhance their academic experience. Sustainability-related opportunities include:

Sustainability-Related Researchers

NC State has more than 600 researchers whose projects intersect with sustainability themes.

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Work With Researchers

Many NC State researchers' work intersects with some aspect of sustainability. In response to a Spring 2015 request, the following professors indicated ongoing or occasional opportunities for current NC State undergraduate students to assist with their sustainability-related research. Find a subject area that interests you and inquire directly with the professor about any research assistance opportunities. Students will be interviewed and utilized as research assistants at the professor’s discretion.
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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Agricultural & Resource Economics: Kelly Zering Animal Science: Steve Washburn Applied Ecology: Derek AdayThomas J. KwakKenneth H. Pollock Biological & Agricultural Engineering: Rhonda Sherman Crop Science: Tom RuftyMichelle Schroeder-Moreno Horticultural Science: Nancy CreamerJeanine M. Davis Plant & Microbial Biology: Amy Grunden Plant Pathology: Frank Louws Poultry Science: Chris Ashwell Soil Science: Carl Crozier Youth, Family, and Community Sciences: Dara BloomSarah D. Kirby
College of Engineering
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering: Michael Dickey Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering: Brendan T. O'Connor
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology: Seth MurrayTim Wallace
College of Natural Resources
Forestry & Environmental Resources: Asko Noormets, Robert Bardon, Frederick W. Cubbage, Mark Megalos, L. Scott MillsSusan E. Moore, Elizabeth Guthrie Nichols, Dennis HazelRoss Whetten Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management: Bethany Cutts
Poole College of Management
Accounting: Donald Pagach Business Management: Bruce C. BransonRosanna Garcia Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Beth Ritter
College of Science
Biological Sciences: Jane Hoppin Chemistry: Walter W. Weare Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences: Walter Robinson Physics: Harald Ade
College of Textiles
Textile & Apparel, Technology & Management: Kristin A. Thoney-Barletta Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science: Melissa PasquinelliXiangwu ZhangRussell E. Gorga

K-12 Outreach

NC State has many programs geared to North Carolina youth, including several sustainability-related efforts:

Professional Development

Infuse sustainability into your career with these opportunities offered at NC State:

Industry and Community

NC State creates and applies knowledge for the betterment of North Carolina and the world, including these sustainability-related programs: