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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:

  • Environmental Science Core (28 credits) in the subjects of ecology, chemistry, environmental systems, and physical geography.
  • Foundation (32-34 credits) including the subjects of biology, chemistry, resource management, economics, and others.
  • Skills (20 credits) from a list of skills that includes quantitative analysis, visualization of spatial data, field methods and writing.
  • Topical Areas (16 credits, including 2 ESM courses and 2 Geography courses) in identified areas that include freshwater resource and management, forest resource and management, urban environment, ecology and conservation, environmental policy and land use, and nature and culture. 



Environmental Studies Program Plan

Environmental Studies Program Plan (For students admitted prior to Fall 2015)

Environmental Studies Program Plan (For students admitted Fall 2015 and after) NEW!

Environmental Studies Degree Checklist: 

Environmental Studies Degree Checklist (For students admitted prior to Fall 2015)

Environmental Studies Degree Checklist (For Students admitted Fall 2015 and after) NEW!

Course Planning Guide

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

ESM Internships (ESM 401, Research)

ESM Internships (ESM 404, Cooperative Education)

A list of courses required by EVST Topical Areas