Environmental Studies and Sustainability (B.S.)
The Environmental Studies and Sustainability major examines resource use and allocation through the lenses of community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice. Students benefit from a broad range of interdisciplinary courses, as well as disciplinary and methods courses carefully selected to enhance students’ technical knowledge.
Professional internships, a legacy project and study abroad experiences are encouraged to provide students with experiences beyond the classroom and the campus.
Core areas of study include:
- Soil science.
- Community sustainability.
- Tourism and recreation management.
- Public policy and grant writing.
- Natural resource management.
- Community food and agricultural systems.
The Department of Community Sustainability infuses sustainability into all of its majors. Learn more about the Sustainability Core.
Environmental Studies and Sustainability Graduates
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Published on August 5, 2020
Courtney Boersema's passion for environmental studies is what led her to a major in the Department of Community Sustainability.
Graduating senior shares what brought her to the ESS major, talks about transition to virtual learning
Published on May 7, 2020
Becky Maurer discovered her passion for the environment in her high school AP Environmental Science class. When she came to MSU, she knew she wanted to pursue a major and career that would help her learn to how to manage our environment more sustainably.
Environmental Studies and Sustainability prepares students to enter professions in environmental, natural resource, agricultural and community development fields in a variety of career paths.
- Governmental aid.
- Community coordinator.
- Nonprofit communications.
- Professional or graduate studies.
Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with environmental, natural resource, agricultural and community development fields, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment.
Read more about the role of academic advisors in the Department of Community Sustainability.
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There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:
- Leadership in Environmental and Agricultural Fields (LEAF).
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE) Club.
- Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.
Natural Resources Majors
This program prepares students for careers as school-based agriculture, food and natural resources teachers at the secondary level, careers in education fields, or professional or graduate school program.
Courses are designed to give the student an understanding of the structure, classification, identification, function, biology, ecology, and management of beneficial and harmful arthropods, and the communities and ecosystems where insects occur.
Environmental Economics and Management is a broad, integrated study of environmental economics, public finance, economic development, community and regional studies and environmental science.
Environmental Studies and Sustainability examines resource use and allocation through the lenses of community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice.
Fisheries and Wildlife concentrations include conservation biology, wildlife biology and management, fisheries biology and management, water sciences, fish and wildlife disease ecology and management, and pre-veterinary.
Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism is an interdisciplinary program integrating sustainability with the study of natural, social, management and behavioral sciences related to natural resources recreation and tourism.