Environmental Studies Program at UST
The goals of the Environmental Studies program are to provide both a broad introduction to the many fields that contribute to our understanding of environmental problems and a depth of knowledge in at least one area of study.
Consequently, every student in the major is required to complete a set of ten core courses that provides a genuine integration of disciplinary knowledge. Students also are required to design a concentration area, i.e., a minimum of six courses in a single field. Extremely diverse sets of concentration areas have been chosen by students, including biology, geography, political science, criminal justice, Justice and Peace Studies, sociology, business administration, and English, among others. It is truly an interdisciplinary program.
Since the approval of the major by the faculty in 1992, over 200 students have graduated with degrees in Environmental Studies. It is currently one of the largest interdisciplinary programs at the University.
|Description of Major|
The environmental studies major requires a combination of natural science,
social science and humanities courses and a six-course concentration area
for in-depth study in a chosen discipline.
The concentration area may be in any discipline. Former ES students have completed concentrations in biology, business, chemistry, engineering, English, geology, geography, journalism, justice and peace studies, philosophy, pre-law, psychology, political science, sociology, Spanish and theology.
|Study Abroad Opportunities:|
Regularly offered UST off-campus J-Term programs:
Semester programs commonly chosen by UST students:
Other semester and yearlong programs can be found in Wales, Australia, Scotland, Egypt and Denmark.
Below are pictures from our Conservation Psychology study abroad program in Germany:
What can I do with a major in Environmental Studies?
The career paths for ES majors are as varied as the major itself. Indeed, one of the great strengths of the program is its ability to accommodate the wide range of interests demonstrated by today's students. Graduates of the program are currently working in the public service, including federal agencies such as the U.S. Park Service, serving as naturalists, tour guides, and environmental educators. Others are working for state agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources, the Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Health. Still others are pursuing careers in nonprofit or environmental advocacy organizations.
Several recent graduates are working for programs and schools specializing in environmental education. A recent graduate of the program is working in Costa Rica for the School for Field Studies while another is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Russia, specializing in the formation of environmental education programs. Students also have worked for a number of residential environmental learning centers, including the Audubon Center of the Northwoods and the International Wolf Center.
A significant number of students are working in the private sector as well. Companies engaged in land-use planning, for instance, have found ES majors with concentrations in geography and/or geographic information systems very attractive. Other companies specializing in areas such as water and air testing, regulatory compliance services, and environmental marketing have all turned to ES majors to satisfy their needs.
Finally, students are using the ES major as a springboard for admission into graduate education. ES graduates are now attending graduate schools throughout the nation, including the University of Minnesota School of Law, medical schools, and graduate programs in public health and community development.
Click here for a partial list of Environmental Studies graduates and what they are doing today!
Or, click on one of the links below to investigate other careers in the environmental field:
Elise L. Amel, Ph.D.
Director of Environmental Studies