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BS in Environmental Studies

About the Program

The Environmental Studies major incorporates the conceptual focus areas of ecology, natural history, environmental economics, environmental law and policy, sustainability, and creation care into a curriculum that addresses current trends in research, public interest, and employment growth.  In addition to exploring scientific theory and practice, knowledge of the natural world, and legal issues, the Environmental Studies curriculum will integrate the creation care elements of stewardship, ethics, and wilderness spirituality into the existing environmental dialogue. 

What do students enrolled in the Environmental Studies program do?

As an Environmental Studies major, you will spend a considerable amount of time, both in the classroom and outdoors, exploring the ecological processes that govern life on Earth, learning to identify plants and animals in the field, gaining expertise with field methods and GIS mapping techniques, discussing the economic, legal, and sociological aspects of environmental issues, examining various aspects of sustainability, and helping others realize the practical and spiritual importance of caring for the natural world.

The goal of this program is to create an engaging, relevant, multi-disciplinary program of study that prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in environmental consulting, environmental services, environmental education, and research arenas as well as for graduate degree programs in a variety of related fields.

Is this major right for you?

You might consider the Environmental Studies major if you enjoy being outside and have a passion for learning more about the natural world we live in, want to educate others about environmental issues and the benefits of environmental stewardship, or plan to pursue any career with an environmental focus. If you find any of these things exciting, this program might be ideal for you.

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Amber Goss - Environmental Studies Major

Your Future

This program opens the door to many career possibilities including:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Ecologist
  • Zookeeper
  • Park Ranger/Naturalist
  • Fish and Game Warden/Officer
  • City/Regional/Environmental Planner
  • Land and Water Conservation/Management
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Forest Ranger/Official
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Public Interest Lobbyist
  • Science Teacher