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Environmental Studies

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Program

 

Discover our world!

By majoring in environmental studies, you will be able to gain the skills and the broad perspective that will help you balance the needs of people with the conservation of precious resources. You will first develop a strong background in both the scientific and social aspects of our relationship with the environment. Then you will deepen your knowledge in one of three concentrations, listed below as Areas of Study. Among other options, the environmental advocacy concentration can prepare you to go on to law school, and the environmental planning and design concentration can lead to work in many practical fields. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment environmental scientists and specialists will grow 15% from 2012-2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Your training in both science and policy will prepare you for companies, governments and nonprofit organizations developing strategies, policies and approaches to solve environmental issues and reduce environmental impact.
 

Areas of study

  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Environmental Planning and Design
  • Environment and Society

 

Career Options

  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Nonprofit Advocacy Leader
  • Environmental Educator
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Environmental Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Urban Planner

 

Graduate Programs

  • Environmental Law
  • Urban Affairs and Public Policy
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Water Science and Policy

What’s special about this program?

The environmental studies program draws on the broad expertise of faculty from throughout UD, incorporating classes in political science and economics as well as geology and sustainability. In addition to your classroom learning, you will also complete a field experience; this allows you to conduct independent research, complete an internship or study abroad in order to gain real-world experience.

Get involved

All students who come to UD in one of the majors in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment start in CEOE’s Living Learning Community, a dormitory where you will live with your peers and enjoy special academic and social programming, fostering a successful college experience from the day you move in. There are also many opportunities on campus for students interested in the environment, such as serving as an EnvironMentor, going on extracurricular environmental field trips, and joining registered student organizations like Students for the Environment.

Sample curriculum

APEC100

 

Sustainable Development
ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

ENSC101

 

Introduction to the Environment

GEOG236

 

Conservation Global Issues
 

University Breadth Course

 

 

Foreign Language  Course

 

  Math Requirement Course
BISC104

Principles of Biology with Laboratory

 

CHEM100

Chemistry and the Human Environment

 

GEOG235

Conservation of Natural Resources

 

GEOL372

Introduction to GIS

 

MAST200

The Oceans

 

STAT200

Basic Statistical Practice

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Multicultural Course Requirement

 

  Elective Course
APEC150

Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

ECON343

Environmental Economics

 

ENVR300

Earth Systems: Science and Policy

 

GEOL105/115

Geological Hazards and Laboratory

 

POSC350

Politics and the Environment

 

 

Environmental Studies Concentration Course

 

 

Discovery Learning Experience

 

 

University Breadth Requirement

 

  Elective Course or Directed Research
ENSC450

Proseminar: The Environment

 

PHIL448

Environmental Ethics

 

 

Environmental Studies Concentration Courses

 

 

University Breadth Requirements

 

 

Elective Course or Directed Research

 

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