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Environmental Studies

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


Discover our world!


More than ever, graduates are needed to fill positions that connect science and society, and balance the needs of humans and earth’s inhabitants with the conservation of precious resources.  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. Companies, governments and nonprofit organizations are challenged with developing strategies, policies and approaches to solve environmental issues and reduce environmental impact, and need a well-educated workforce with training in both science and policy.

Areas of study

  • Political Science
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Sustainability


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?


At UD, the environmental studies program involves several different departments and colleges, taking full advantage of the broad expertise of faculty members. Housed in the College of Earth, Ocean, and the Environment, environmental studies students have the benefit of being integrated with professors and fellow students who have a passion for the earth.

Environmental studies majors must select a concentration in the area preferably at the end of the spring semester sophomore year. Concentrations are offered in environmental advocacy; environmental planning and design; and environment and society. All students must complete a field experience; this allows students to conduct independent research, complete an internship or study abroad in order to gain real-world experience.

Get involved


CEOE’s Living Learning Community

Semester-in-Residence by the coast in Lewes, Del.


DENIN Ambassadors

Study abroad programs

Extracurricular environmental field trips

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Faculty-sponsored research

Coast Day

Earth Week

Students for the Environment

Sample curriculum



Sustainable Development

Seminar in Composition




Introduction to the Environment



Conservation Global Issues

University Breadth Course



Foreign Language  Course


  Math Requirement Course

Principles of Biology with Laboratory



Chemistry and the Human Environment



Conservation of Natural Resources



Introduction to GIS



The Oceans



Basic Statistical Practice



Foreign Language Course



University Breadth Courses



Multicultural Course Requirement


  Elective Course

Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources



Environmental Economics



Earth Systems: Science and Policy



Geological Hazards and Laboratory



Politics and the Environment



Environmental Studies Concentration Course



Discovery Learning Experience



University Breadth Requirement


  Elective Course or Directed Research

Proseminar: The Environment



Environmental Ethics



Environmental Studies Concentration Courses



University Breadth Requirements



Elective Course or Directed Research