Founded in 1970, the focus of the Environmental Studies Department is on a rigorous, systematic, and integrated approach to the study, management, and solution of environmental problems and issues. Upon completion of the degree, students have solid preparation for making substantial contributions to this expanding and vital field.
With more than 35 years experience granting BS and BA degrees in environmental studies, this department has achieved a level of professionalism envied by newer environmental programs at other colleges and universities. Almost twenty years ago the department added a Masters of Science degree to its curricula so that it now offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Currently there are approximately 150 undergraduate majors and about 50 graduate students in the MS program.
The employment record for recent graduates is excellent. Representative occupations held by former students include specialists in environmental impact assessment, energy resource management, environmental restoration, park management, environmental health and safety, environmental regulation and policy, integrated waste management, recycling, hazardous materials, environmental education, and many others. More information about the successful job placement of our many graduates is available from the department.