Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree Overview
If you want to work with people to solve environmental problems — and not spend all your time in a research lab — the environmental studies degree program at The University of Toledo is for you.
Undergraduates in environmental studies study science. But they focus more on social sciences and humanities — everything from environmental politics and geography to economics. They take fewer advanced math and science courses than UT’s environmental science majors.
Toledo is an urban, port city with diverse ecosystems (wetlands, savannahs, woodlands) and a location near Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes and the 13th largest lake in the world. This perfect natural laboratory allows UT environmental studies majors to travel throughout the region and study how humans interact with the environment.
Environmental Studies Bachelor’s Degree Concentrations
UToledo undergraduates must choose a concentration in the humanities or social sciences. Geography and planning is the most popular.
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree Highlights
- A broad environmental education. Employers in this rapidly growing field want well-rounded employees who understand all facets of environmental issues. UToledo environmental studies students are uniquely qualified. They know the science, but they’ve also focused on liberal arts courses — environmental economics, geography, political science, philosophy and more.
- Learn by doing. Our focus is on getting your hands dirty in the field through:
- Local and international field work. UT students study throughout the U.S., Canada, Trinidad, the Bahamas and Costa Rica. The Toledo area also is a rich, natural laboratory. It has unique, diverse, natural habitats and landforms, as well as agricultural, urban and natural ecosystems.
- Research in plant ecology and physiology in our on-campus greenhouse, campus garden and nearby arboretum.
- A required, 100-hour internship.
- The Lake Erie Center. UT is just 15 miles from western Lake Erie. Faculty and students study harmful algal blooms, water quality and more at this state-of-the-art research facility that offers:
- Research vessels specially equipped for work right on the lake
- Labs with the latest technology
- Fine arts displays
- Creative programming. The Department of Environmental Sciences partners with other UT departments and colleges to offer minors in current topics like:
- Expert faculty. Our environmental sciences faculty members are active researchers and editors of international, scientific journals.
- Outstanding labs and facilities. Students use the latest expertise and tools, including drones, for field research at:
- Center for Geographic Information Sciences and Applied Geographics
- The Lake Erie Center
- Stranahan Arboretum
- The Plant Science Research Center
- Greenhouses, wet and dry labs, and more
A UT bachelor’s degree in environmental studies will give you the social science, humanities and science background you need for a successful career. Jobs in the field are growing faster than the national average.
Environmental studies graduates are hired by:
- Environmental consulting companies
- Government – federal, state and local organizations, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory agencies
- Private conservation organizations
- Industries monitoring environmental quality
- Others who value environmental expertise (urban and landscape planning, journalism and public-health agencies)
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree Plan of Study
UToledo’s environmental studies’ broad, interdisciplinary curriculum combines science with social science and humanities courses. Students also choose an area of concentration to develop a deeper understanding of a specific scientific field.
Environmental Studies Bachelor’s Degree Sample Courses
- Fundamentals of Geology
- Environmental Policy
- Environmental Studies
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Internship Opportunities for Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree
Environmental studies undergraduates complete 100-hour internships. Students earn credit while working on projects with a UToledo lab, government agency, nonprofit organization, private corporation or other approved sponsor.