Welcome to the Environment & Sustainability Department

We offer two closely associated, but distinct programs for students curious about our environment. Environmental Conservation & Management 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 Conservation
& Management

Students from our Environment & Sustainability department tend plants in a campus garden

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

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Career Possibilities

Common careers for Environmental Conservation & Management 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


Student researching glacier

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.