The University of Kansas Environmental Studies Program, established in 1971, is one of the oldest environmental studies programs in the country. It is an interdisciplinary program, offering talent and resources from diverse areas of expertise. The program provides students with the tools they need to investigate environmental phenomena, including anything from soil sampling and freshwater ecology to policy-making and social science.

The Environmental Studies Program has two major goals:

  1. To provide a holistic view of the environment, one that recognizes the myriad of influences on the world in which we live.
  2. To provide the technical skills and background for active participation in an environmental career.

Student-Focused Educational Track

Advising Learning Pathways Research Projects Internships Career Resources

Environmental Studies features a pedagogy focused on engaged learning. In addition to our vibrant undergraduate curriculum, students are encouraged to participate in the many exciting experiential opportunities that KU offers – Study Abroad, Research, Projects, and Internships.

Environmental Studies provides the tools to immediately involve our students in the intellectual life of the university and to connect them to environmental projects within our surrounding communities. These experiences enhance the success of our students along their path to graduation and successful careers.

Meeting KU's Bold Aspirations

  • Educating Leaders - Our interdisciplinary education prepares students for lifelong learning, leadership, and success. Our undergraduate curriculum includes courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. For ideas of what Environmental Studies students do after they graduate, view our Career Resources.
  • Building Healthy Communities - We encourage students to enhance the prosperity and well-being of communities in Kansas and beyond. Environmental Studies students have worked in the Lawrence and Kansas City communities and in places as far ranging as Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, India, and Uganda. For ideas of what Environmental Studies students do to engage their communities, view our Projects or Internships.
  • Making Discoveries that will Change the World - We offer a wide array of undergraduate research opportunities. Students work with a faculty mentor, who guides the research process, and develop deep new insights around a research topic that interests them. For ideas of what Environmental Studies students research, view our Learning Pathways or Research.

Academic Collaboration

Faculty from across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professional schools teach and do research in Environmental Studies.  Faculty associated with our program come primarily from the following units:

In addition to these departments, Environmental Studies often collaborates with other academic centers across campus:

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