About the Department




Mission Statement

To provide a rigorous, systematic, and integrated approach to the study, management, and solution of environmental problems and issues.

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The Department

Founded in 1970, the focus of the Department of Environmental Studies is on a rigorous, systematic, and integrated approach to the study, management, and solution of environmental challenges.  Our mission is to provide students the knowledge and tools they need to move us to a more sustainable society. We offer a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to studying and managing the environmental issues that face us today.  Upon completion of the degree, students have a solid preparation for making substantial contributions to this expanding and vital field.  Our degrees prepare students for rewarding careers in the growing green economy by ensuring students have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

With more than 40 years of experience granting Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts in Preparation for Teaching degrees in sustainability studies, our department has achieved a level of professionalism envied by newer environmental programs at other universities and colleges.  Almost 20 years ago, the department added a Master of Science degree to its curricula so that it now offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Our majors gain leadership skills through the Center for the Development of Recycling, the Environmental Resource Center, and our internship program.  Currently, there are approximately 300 undergraduate majors, 20 undergraduate minors, and 40 graduate students in our department.

We work hard to connect our students with careers and our graduates fill positions in sustainability fields.  Representative occupations held by former students include specialists in energy, environmental impact assessment, environmental restoration and resource management, green building, sustainable water resources, park management, environmental education, sustainable agriculture, environmental health and safety, environmental regulation and policy, hazardous materials, integrated waste management and recycling, and many others.

Our Department Brochure [PDF] provides details on many aspects of our department.  See the Program Learning Outcomes Brochure [PDF] for our program learning objectives and the competencies we expect of our students.  View our  University catalog listing  or  contact the department for further information regarding degree requirements, course offerings, and job opportunities.


Structure of the Degrees

The Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts, Preparation for Teaching undergraduate degrees structured around four components:

    1. the preparation sequence, consisting of specific classes in economics, sciences, and statistics;
    2. the core classes in Environmental Studies;
    3. the advisor-approved minor or concentration focused on a specific career pathway; and
    4. electives;


The Master of Science graduate degree is thesis-based program that requires original research.