Do you enjoy exploring the outdoors? Are you concerned about issues of social justice and sustainability? If so, you may be on your way to an environmental studies degree.
At Central, environmental studies majors choose from two tracks: environmental science or environmental sustainability. Both tracks include fundamentals of science, economics and politics, plus hands-on laboratory and fieldwork.
Graduates of Central’s program have gone on to careers in the lab, in the field and in management for federal and state agencies, as well as industry and non-profit agencies.
The environmental studies major consists of a strong background in the sciences, social sciences and an emphasis on developing good research and communication skills. Students in the program examine the interrelationships of science, society and nature in a world with limited resources. Every environmental studies major also proposes and completes a senior project, gaining experience in grant writing and project management along the way.
Students also gain experience with GIS, the decision support software used by most natural resource managers and businesses.
Learn more about Environmental Studies in the course catalog.
Russ Benedict, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Biology, interest areas include: interest areas include prairie ecology and restoration, conservation biology, natural history and Mammalogy
Anya Butt, B.A., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Biology, interest areas include: geospatial technologies and applications, water resources, geosciences, natural disaster resilience and global health
Paul Weihe, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology, interest areas include: wetland ecosystems, ethnobotany, ecology and environmental science
Amy Young, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of German, interest areas include: 20th century German and Austrian literature and culture, women's and gender studies, sustainability and translation
Jim Zaffiro, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Political Science, interest areas include: international relations, African studies and global sustainability