Environmental Studies Major 


By seeking a major in environmental studies, you can become conscious of the impact of the environment on human life and survival. As an interdisciplinary field of study, environmentalists face a variety of challenges locally and globally in a number of different career paths, such as ecology, environmental law, law enforcement, forestry, or wildlife conservation.


The Environmental Studies Program provides learning conditions that prepare students to understand and respond to local, regional, and global environmental challenges. The rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum fosters an understanding of the complexity of the human-nature relationship and an appreciation of humankind's dependency on functioning ecosystems for survival. 

In addition, research and community engagement creates a setting for students to cultivate independent thinking, creative problem solving, and effective communication skills. Become committed to understanding the ever-changing and adapting environment in order to evaluate and promote sustainability for current and future generations dependent on healthy ecosystems.


Environmental Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Geography
Environmental Geology
Environmental Policy and Society
General Environmental Studies

Environmental studies graduates are well prepared for a diversity of careers or graduate studies in environmental sciences, management, or advocacy through a unique combination of course work and practical experience. A core curriculum covering natural and social sciences, statistics, and environmental chemistry gives students core competencies in key areas demanded by all employers and professional programs.

Graduates with a major in environmental studies can find themselves in careers such as environmental consulting, ecology, environmental law and law enforcement, environmental restoration, forestry, journalism, natural resource management, teaching, sustainable management, wetlands management, and wildlife conservation.

UW-Parkside is a member of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, a partnership that provides students with opportunities for water-related coursework, hands-on experiences, internships and research opportunities at campuses throughout the UW System. Learn more at freshwater.wisconsin.edu.


Dr. John Skalbeck  | 262-595-2490 | skalbeck@uwp.edu

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