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Environmental Studies Program

Message From the Director

Welcome to the web site of the CWU Environmental Studies (ENST) Program. 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 degree in 5 specializations within the sciences: biological sciences, chemistry, geography, geological sciences, and policy. Between 2011 and 2013, the Environmental Studies and Energy Studies Programs merged to become the joint Environmental Studies Program, which will then also include the energy studies minor. This merger was motivated with the goal of combining resources, increasing collaborations and simplifying the platform from which students choose degrees.  In 2013, the Energy Studies minor was moved into the Geography Department.

Since inception in its current general form in 2008, the program has grown more than threefold to approximately 80 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.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions regarding the program, please feel free to contact me at

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


Anne Johansen