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The environmental studies degree introduces students to the breadth of issues, concerns, and opportunities that arise from humans’ complex relationships with nature.  After this broad introduction, students can focus on specific topics that can help humanity live more sustainably on the earth, such as communication, planning, policy analysis, entrepreneurship, and more.

Environmental studies majors learn about the ecology of natural areas and about the political, economic, geographic, and social aspects of nature and its management. Students focus on natural resource and environmental issues confronting society as they look for solutions that can sustain both the natural environment and human communities.

With a degree in environmental studies, graduates can pursue the following careers:

  • Environmental communicators or educators in business, government, or nonprofit organizations
  • Advocates for environmental causes or natural resource constituencies
  • Public land management
  • Manage organizations’ compliance with environmental regulations
  • Conduct audits of internal environmental efficiency 
  • Work with international programs fostering sustainable development
  • Sustainable forestry network and the native forest council
  • Natural resources defense council member
  • Geographic data analyst
  • Laboratory analyst
  • Industrial environmental manager
  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental activist

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a regional campus advisor to verify program availability.