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Environmental Studies
College of the Sciences
Environmental Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Carey Gazis

Department Website:

Environmental Studies helps you understand the challenges facing our environment. The interdisciplinary program incorporates biology, geography, and geology to offer a comprehensive view of the world and how we can ensure it continues to thrive.


The environmental studies program is a chance to experience hands-on learning outside of the classroom and make a difference.

Why this program?

Environmental studies majors have healthy job prospects and high job satisfaction, according to a recent study in Forbes Magazine.


Why environmental studies at CWU?

As part of CWU’s Center for the Environment, the environmental studies program is an interdisciplinary program that helps students understand the often-complex issues involving our environment.

Courses are team taught by faculty across multiple disciplines, including biology, geography, and geology.

Environmental studies students participate in a variety of field research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors.

CWU students also have excellent opportunities for networking through the Environmental Student Club and affiliations with national environmental organizations.

Engelhorn Pond, a nature preserve in Ellensburg, is utilized by students for research projects.

CWU Environmental Studies Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for environmental scientists and specialists will grow 11% between 2014-2024. There are many rewarding career paths for environmental studies majors, such as: atmospheric scientist, ecologist, field analyst, meteorologists, microbiologist, and wildlife manger.

Career Opportunities

Atmospheric scientist


Field analyst



Soil and plant scientists

Wildlife manager


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Points of Pride

Research is at the center of your environmental studies education. CWU Environmental Studies program offers opportunities inside and outside of the classroom for quality hands-on research experiences.

It’s not unusual for CWU undergraduate students to present their findings at local and national conferences.

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