About This Degree

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.

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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

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International Students

Online classes are not available to USU F-1 and J-1 sponsored students. International students sponsored by USU on a F-1 visa can study at Logan or Price campus and must register for face-to-face classes. International students sponsored by USU on a J-1 visa can study at Logan campus and must register for face-to-face classes.