Environmental studies focuses on the relationship between the environment and social,
economic, political, legal and human aspects of society. As global population and
consumption rises, understanding the interplay between environmental and social systems
has become an increasingly important component of decision-making and planning.
Major in Environmental Studies
SLU’s environmental studies curriculum is built upon a “breadth-depth” model that
requires all students to complete a core set of science and skill-development courses
that provide an introduction to the environmental sciences.
If you choose to major in environmental studies at SLU, you'll complete a minimum
of 38 credit hours in math and science core classes before focusing your upper-division
studies in one concentration area:
Philosophy, religion and ethics
Economics, politics and public policy
Society and the environment through space and time
Advocacy and discourse
These concentrations will provide you with more advanced instruction in your area
of interest to help prepare you for your career after graduation.
No matter which you choose, you'll have ready access to the resources of SLU’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, including excellent laboratories, week-long environmental science field trips and
local internship opportunities.
Undergraduate students in SLU’s environmental studies program have the option to pursue
internship opportunities through the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
or in collaboration with other departments on campus.
The environmental studies program prepares students for careers in business, law and
government. Students also have the opportunity to prepare for more advanced degrees
in a wide range of fields, including law, economics and public policy.
SLU’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric sciences combines strong classroom and field-based
instruction with an internationally recognized research faculty. It frequently hosts
visiting scientists from around the globe and sponsors environmental seminars that
provide opportunities for students to interact with experts from a wide variety of
Although growing, SLU’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences — which hosts
the environmental studies program — is small enough to provide a welcoming atmosphere
that promotes extensive interaction between students and faculty.