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Environmental Studies


Environmental Science at PSU is the study of the interactions between society and the physical, chemical, ecological and biological processes that structure and maintain ecosystems.  The Environmental Science and Management program (formerly known as Environmental Science and Resources) offers two undergraduate tracks: Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.

The Environmental Studies track focuses on resource management and policy with study in the natural sciences, social sciences, geography, and environmental policy.  The Environmental Studies track is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing careers involving working in agencies or organizations that address problems in the environment. 

In addition to the University's general education requirements, students majoring in environmental studies must meet the following requirements:

  • Natural Sciences Core Courses (29 credits) in the subjects of ecology, chemistry, environmental systems, and physical geography.
  • Social Science and Humanities Core Courses (24 credits) in the subjects of resource management, economics, environmental policy and regulations, an others.
  • Skill Courses (21 credits) from a list of skills that includes quantitative analysis, visualization of spatial data, field methods and others.
  • Topical Areas (16 credits) in identified areas that include environmental systems, urban issues, resource management, nature/society interactions, and environmental education. 



Environmental Studies Program Plan

Environmental Studies Checklist 

Degree Maps (with learning outcomes, advising and career information), please click here. 

ESM Internships (ESM 401, Research)

ESM Internships (ESM 404, Cooperative Eduacation)

Environmental Studies Course Plan

A list of courses required by EVST Topical Areas