Academics / Research

Academics & Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

As the flagship campus of the commonwealth, UMass Amherst has been a leader in agricultural research and green education since our founding as a land grant institution in 1863.



School of Earth & Sustainability (SES)

SES is a partnership within the College of Natural Sciences between the Department of Environmental Conservation (ECo), Department of Geosciences (GEO), and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture (SSA) and provides students, faculty, the campus community, and the commonwealth with a central hub for innovation, research, education, and outreach related to earth, sustainability, and environmental sciences.


Explore the different aspects of sustainability through 300-plus courses. 


UMass Amherst offers over 20 majors related to sustainability. 

Graduate Programs

The university has variety of graduate programs focused on sustainability, including a MS in Sustainability Science. 

Concentrations & Certificates

The university offers concentrations and certificates related to sustainability. 

Associate Degrees

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst offers sustainability-related associate degrees. 

Co-Curricular Activities

Get credit for cultivating sustainability on campus through either the Eco Rep Program, Permaculture Gardening Program, or Sustainability Fellows Program.

Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF)

SCF is a year-long interdisciplinary fellowship program that enables UMass Amherst faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in sustainability.


Research Centers & Institutions 

UMass Amherst has a variety of research centers and institutes spanning disciplines and specialties. 

Research Next

Research Next is the campus's official window into the research, scholarship, and creative activity.

UMass Amherst Libraries

UMass Amherst Libraries are engaged in: fostering sustainability innovations; collaborations with campus partners; educating students to create a healthier, just, and responsible world; supporting the integration of sustainability across the curriculum; modeling green practices; honoring diversity and inclusion; and promoting open access. 

Wind Energy REU program 

The program allows undergraduates to perform hands-on summer research while earning a stipend and provides a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with leaders in the field of wind energy.