Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree Overview
Environmental studies majors study the challenging issues that affect the quality of the environment, like air and water pollution, climate change, and preserving endangered species, and then explore ways to find solutions to these problems. If you are interested in legal, economic, social and ethical aspects of environmental issues, then this is the degree for you.
The environmental studies program (ENST) combines courses in environmental science with environmental policy, ethics and economics. Students choose an area of concentration in either the humanities or social sciences. Choices include geography and planning, economics, public administration and economics, among others.
Students may participate in fieldwork at the University’s Lake Erie Research Center and the Stranahan Arboretum on such topics as water quality and terrestrial ecology. ENST majors also gain valuable real-world experience through internships that make students more marketable after graduation.
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Highlights
- Low faculty-to-student ratio - Most of our students work one-on-one with faculty members, which can lead to great recommendation letters for jobs or graduate school.
- Masters and Ph.D. programs in every major - Our college offers strong graduate programs, if students want to continue their education. The presence of graduate degrees in each major also boosts the prestige of the undergraduate programs.
- Longest-running exchange program - Students have the chance to spend a semester or year at the University of Salford in England, while those students come to UT and enrich our programs with an international perspective.
- Top-notch labs, spaces and equipment - We have some of the premier science facilities on campus — greenhouses, wet and dry labs, an arboretum, the Lake Erie Center on the banks of the lake and the Ritter Planetarium, which was fully renovated in 2011 - just to name a few.
- More chances for undergraduate research - We help students get into the lab and start researching with faculty members as undergraduates, whereas some schools don't offer this until graduate school.
Environmental quality is a growing concern, opening up many options for environmental studies graduates within local, state and federal government agencies, conservation organizations and environmental consulting firms. Examples of career paths include environmental law, urban and landscape planning, public service through elective office, environmental journalism, and public health-related social services.
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree Curriculum