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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



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


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