Students in a boat on the river, collecting samples

KU Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Program provides students with the tools they need to investigate environmental phenomena, including soil sampling and freshwater ecology to policy-making and social science.



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Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the program!

Virtual Tour

Alex Murray portrait

"I firmly believe that my experience in a multi-disciplinary undergrad program changed the game for me at KU."


Alex Murray

News from the Program

Bob Hagen instrumental in Planned Potter Lake Renovation

“Potter Lake is suffering from the equivalent of morbid obesity,” said Bob Hagen, lecturer in environmental studies and a courtesy faculty member in ecology & evolutionary biology. “The work this summer to remove accumulated sediments and nutrients is necessary.

Open Access Podcast

To connect with and engage students, as well as use KU’s resources to the fullest, Shannon O’Lear, professor in the Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science, and Tami Albin, associate librarian, have partnered to teach Environmental Geopolitics.

Grant Misse nominated for Truman Scholarship

Our own Grant Misse was nominated for this prestigious award.   

Allison Payne won an undergrad research award.

Alison Payne, senior, Lawrence, economics, environmental studies and mathematics, won an Undergrad Research Award for “Disparities in Environmental Enforcement: Analyzing RCRA Inspections in Minority and Low-Income Communities,” mentored by Dietrich Earnhart, economics.Way to go