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Environmental Studies

Major & Minor

Would you like to help solve some of the biggest issues facing our planet? At Austin College, we recognize environmental progress requires an interdisciplinary approach. With that in mind, as an environmental studies student, you will take courses ranging from biology to economics to philosophy, all to prepare for a career solving the world’s environmental problems. 

Your experiential learning may include aiding in the restoration of native ecosystems, holding internships at world-class organizations, and designing real sustainability projects for the College to adopt.   

Student Sustainability Research Projects

Identifying criteria for Austin College’s carbon offset purchases

Identifying criteria for Austin College’s carbon offset purchases

Josh Magers

Measuring the status of rare wildflowers at Austin College’s Sneed Prairie

Measuring the status of rare wildflowers at Austin College’s Sneed Prairie

Vero Tessier

Reducing food waste in Austin College’s cafeteria

Reducing food waste in Austin College’s cafeteria

River Naile

Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Your four year academic experience

will develop your critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration ability, all of which will be critical to your future path. With a degree in environmental studies, upon graduation you will be prepared to

  • articulate and present the world’s most pressing environmental problems through written research and professional presentation simulations.
  • investigate and identify obstacles to environmental progress.
  • characterize environmental impacts associated with the operation of organizations through research and analysis of academic papers.

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

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Popular Courses

  • Conservation and Restoration Ecology  
  • Ecosystem Ecology 
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Environmental Solutions 
  • Ethics and the Environment 
  • Food Systems 
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Economics 
  • Resilient Systems