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Environmental Studies Program

College of the Sciences

The Environmental Studies Program is an      interdisciplinary program that provides students with  the understanding of the natural science of  environmental issues as well as the social science  context of the intersection of social, cultural, political,  and economic factors that contribute to policy and  planning decisions. 


The Environmental Studies Program offers a Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Science as well as a minor in Environmental Studies. 

To apply for the Environmental Studies Major or Minor, print the application and return it to ENST Senior Secretary, Danielle Palmer. Her office is located in Science II Room 111A. 

Application to the Environmental Sciences Major

Application to the Environmental Studies Minor


Through this program students will gain the necessary professional and technical skills for entry into successful environmental careers or for graduate studies in environmental fields.The major offers five specialization options in environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental geography, environmental geology, and environmental policy.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions regarding the program, please feel free to contact the Environmental Studies Interim Program Director, Dr. Carey Gazis.

Thank you again for your interest in the Environmental Studies Program and Central Washington University.



The Program's History

This interdisciplinary program was first established offering a minor degree more than 30 years ago. In Fall 2008, after becoming its own autonomous program under the direct purview of the College of the Sciences, it underwent major restructuring to include a BS, Environmental Studies degree in five specializations within the sciences: biological sciences, chemistry, geography, geological sciences, and policy. The major was updated in Fall 2016 to an Environmental Sciences degree.

Since inception in its current general form in 2008, the program has grown more than threefold to approximately 85 students. The program core features team-taught courses including General Education courses that are taught by faculty from multiple disciplines. Particular emphasis in on providing students a solid scientific foundation, the ability to research and analyze environmental issues from social, economic and political standpoints, and effectively disseminate information to a diverse range of peoples.


ENST Course Descriptions 

ENST Course Offerings 4 YR Plan





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