The Environmental Studies major lets you focus directly on the social issues surrounding environmental concerns. With this major, you're prepared for a career in government, law, non-profit management and journalism.

Students will work with students from the Environmental Science major in a unique, team-based capstone experience where they apply their collective experience to an environmental problem of local significance. Projects are supervised by faculty from across the entire science division, often with input from a broader range of faculty advisors. Often the environmental scientists on the team analyze and study the problem, while the environmental studies majors interact with the local community to frame the issue and possible solutions. They are trained in the art and science of collaboration so that local stakeholders and community leaders can take ownership of the solutions proposed to address the problem.

Courses in the Environmental Studies major include:

  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Environmental Policy and Law
  • Environmental Impact and Resource Assessment
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Land-Use Planning
  • Experiential Learning
  • Senior Capstone Course: Environmental Problem-Solving

Courses in other departments that are also used for the major include Environmental Economics, Environmental Ethics, and Public Policy.

Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Studies
Economics 350 (Note: Economics 350 has a prerequisite of Economics 211 or permission of instructor); Environmental Studies 310, 315; Geology 304; Philosophy 321. Students choose three courses from the following list of electives: Environmental Studies 320, 350; Leadership 308, 333.