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Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

Build a better future for the next generation. Environmental studies at the University of St. Thomas provides you with the background knowledge, theory and skills needed to create a more sustainable environment for society.

Why Study Environmental Studies at St. Thomas?

We face complex environmental challenges every day. Our program addresses them by giving you knowledge in various fields, including environmental policy, research methods, geographic information systems, environmental communication and leadership. You will benefit from an interdisciplinary program that utilizes field study, internships and study abroad to bring a sustainable future to our society.

Examining Problems From Multiple Perspectives

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Scholarships
  • Internships and Research
  • You start out your undergraduate career by focusing on environmental problems and sustainability in your coursework which prepares you for a field seminar course in your senior year. Throughout your time at St. Thomas, you will also focus on courses in the social sciences, public policy, communication, ecological literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership which will give you a well-rounded skillset that is needed in a variety of industries.
    We offer a flexible program that can match your interests and goals, so we recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to plan your career at St. Thomas.
    Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
    We offer the Environmental Studies Scholarship every year to all students with a declared major in environmental studies. Recipients typically receive $5,000 in total awards.
    All students work closely on real-world projects with community partners, such as the Nature Conservancy, Great River Greening and the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. Many of our students also complete internships to gain practical experience. Past internships have been with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Brightside Produce, St. Paul Regional Water Service and Three Rivers Park District.

    Course Requirements

    You start out your undergraduate career by focusing on environmental problems and sustainability in your coursework which prepares you for a field seminar course in your senior year. Throughout your time at St. Thomas, you will also focus on courses in the social sciences, public policy, communication, ecological literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership which will give you a well-rounded skillset that is needed in a variety of industries.

    Four-Year Plan

    We offer a flexible program that can match your interests and goals, so we recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to plan your career at St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

    Scholarships

    We offer the Environmental Studies Scholarship every year to all students with a declared major in environmental studies. Recipients typically receive $5,000 in total awards.

    Internships and Research

    All students work closely on real-world projects with community partners, such as the Nature Conservancy, Great River Greening and the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. Many of our students also complete internships to gain practical experience. Past internships have been with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Brightside Produce, St. Paul Regional Water Service and Three Rivers Park District.
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    Career Paths

    We give you the tools you need to succeed in a variety of careers and industries. Here are a few paths our alumni have followed after St. Thomas.
    • Park Naturalist
    • Environmental Journalist
    • Environmental Economist
    • Urban and Regional Planner
    • Corporate Sustainability Officer
    • Geographic Information Specialist

    Oh, the Places You Will Go

    You have access to numerous opportunities for mentorship, research and more inside and outside of the classroom with our program.

    $200,000

    St. Thomas has received $200,000 in student-led grants for various on-campus sustainability initiatives.

    Community Partnerships

    You can partner with organizations like the Nature Conservancy, Great River Greening and the Great Plains Restoration Council.

    Collaborative Research

    We promote research projects to all students in our program, and faculty are always eager to get you involved with what they are studying.

    Vast Knowledge. Versatile Skills.

    The interdisciplinary nature of our program will develop your knowledge and skills in various fields.