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BS in Environmental Studies



Learn environmental science, explore and conserve our world with an Environmental Studies degree

You love the outdoors. There's something about being in nature that makes you come alive. As an Environmental Studies major, you'll learn about ecology, natural history, environmental economics, environmental law and policy, sustainability, and creation care within the context of 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 integrates the creation care elements of stewardship, ethics, and wilderness spirituality into the existing environmental dialogue.

The Major that takes you outside

Environmental Studies majors 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. Our students have the opportunity to participate in domestic travel to a variety of environments, from the Appalachian Mountains to Death Valley.

Is the Environmental Studies 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.


Amber Goss - Environmental Studies Major



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