Welcome to the Environment & Sustainability Department

We offer two closely associated, but distinct programs for students curious about our environment. Environmental Studies takes a broadly interdisciplinary approach to questions of human interaction with our environment, and the policies and cultural factors that create that relationship. Environmental Science focuses on inquiry and methodology that ties the natural sciences into an interconnected perspective on the questions we face today. 

Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies is a hands-on, experiential learning program that combines the natural sciences and social sciences with courses in biology, ecology, geography, sociology, anthropology, and political science. Students learn to examine relationships between humans and our environment and to conduct their own field research with a focus on problem-solving from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Career Possibilities

Common careers for Environmental Studies graduates include:

  • National park service and other public lands management
  • Environmental consulting and monitoring
  • Environmental policy, advocacy, and law
  • Land conservation and restoration
  • Organic farming and sustainable agriculture
  • Renewable energy
  • Environmental education
  • Tribal resource planning and management

Environmental Science


Environmental Science incorporates courses in geology, biology, chemistry, and physics to address environmental issues, such as climate change.

The focus is on developing methods of scientific analysis across the disciplines and with a broad, interrelated perspective.


Career Possibilities

Common careers for Environmental Science graduates include:

  • Air and water quality analysis
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental health and preservation
  • Wildlife and ecological monitoring

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 12% job growth in the field of Environmental Science between 2016-2026.