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Woods College of Advancing Studies


With a six-course curriculum offered entirely online, this program comprises courses such as Sustainability Science, Energy in the 21st Century, Water Resources, and Building Green Buildings. Students are exposed to both science and policy as they explore such pressing concerns as climate change, population growth, and the limits of natural resources.

Sustainability is a growing, in-demand field.  Salaries of professions in Sustainability range from $55k to $95k (



Professions of Graduates could include:      


      Communications Director         Emergency Manager/First Responder  
Energy Manager/Technician Environmental Consultant
Environmental Health
    and Safety Officer        
Parks and Recreation Specialist
Risk Assessor/Manager     Socially Responisible Investment Advisor/Broker    
Sustainability Officer Technical Environmental Writer

Learn more about BC's own 
Office of Sustainability and the IT Office's commitment to Sustainability.  


Program Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Cole

Jennifer Cole is concurrently on the faculty in the Woods College at Boston College and the Harvard Graduate School of Sustainability. Dr. Cole was Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Northeastern for fifteen years, and has also taught at Tufts and MIT. Dr. Cole has published extensively in the fields of wetlands, agriculture, energy education, and natural disasters. She holds a PhD in groundwater geochemistry from Syracuse University. She also has served as expert witness in wetlands and river protection act litigation. She was Senior Hydrologist at Weston and Sampson Engineers. She has given many invited talks, including the US EPA. She represented Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the White House on two occasions.

Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:

ADBI 1128 Sustainability Science

Sustainability Electives

Complete five of the following courses:

ADXX  Corporate Sustainability
ADBI 2010 Eating and the Environment 
ADXX Building Green Buildings 
ADXX Energy in the 21st Century
ADXX Water Resources 
ADGE 2505 Wetlands Science and Policy
ADXX Environmental Economics
ADGE 2500 Natural Disasters
ADXX  Marine Resources
ADXX Evolution of Life and Historical Geology
ADXX Applied Hydrogeology
ADXX Urban Ecology: Environmental History of Boston 

How to Apply

Below are the official admissions requirements for this program:

  • Online application*
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following:
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official college/university transcript
  • Personal Statement (500 - 750 words)
  • Resume (optional)
  • Application fee ($45 check or money order payable to Boston College - Please do not send cash)


Application Deadlines

Applications for Professional Studies Certificates are accepted on a rolling basis. 

*Current Woods College degree students interested in adding a certificate to their plan of study should not use the online application. Declare your certificate here.

The estimated total tuition for this program is $10,536.

Tuition for Woods College programs is assessed by course. Please see Boston College Tuitions and Fees for more details.