Welcome to the website of the Environmental Studies Program. Whether you are a current student in our Program, a person interested in coming to KU and becoming part of our Program, or just a curious individual, we are happy to have you visit us. Please check back regularly for academic updates, news, and upcoming events. Program specific events can be located in the events section. All job and internship openings will now be posted respectively on the jobs and internships pages.
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:
- To provide a holistic view of the environment, one that recognizes the myriad of influences on the world in which we live.
- To provide the technical skills and background for active participation in an environmental career.
If you are interested, passionate and open-minded about investigating the world that surrounds you, come take a look at Environmental Studies!
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:
- Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering
- Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
- Latin American Studies
- Political Science
- Urban Planning
In addition to these departments, Environmental Studies often collaborates with other academic centers across campus:
- Biodiversity Institute
- Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets
- Center for Sustainability
- C-Change IGERT Program
- Indigenous Studies
- Institute for Policy & Social Research
- Kansas Biological Survey
- Native Medicinal Plant Research Program
- Spencer Museum of Art