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.

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Core areas of study include:

  • Biology.
  • 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.

Learn more about all the requirements and courses in Environmental Studies and Sustainability.

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Environmental Studies and Sustainability Graduates

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Career Opportunities

Environmental Studies and Sustainability prepares students to enter professions in environmental, natural resource, agricultural and community development fields in a variety of career paths.

  • Educator.
  • 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.

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Advisor

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Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are education abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

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.

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Natural Resources Majors

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (B.S.)

    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.

  • Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)

    The Biosystems Engineering program combines biology with engineering to ensure there is safe and plentiful food, clean water, renewable energy and a healthy environment.

  • Entomology (B.S.)

    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 (B.S.)

    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 (B.S.)

    Environmental Studies and Sustainability examines resource use and allocation through the lenses of community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice.

  • Fisheries and Wildlife (B.S.)

    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.

  • Forestry (B.S.)

    The Forestry program prepares students to address pressing natural resource, environmental and energy issues through coursework in the biological and social sciences.

  • Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (B.S.)

    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.