Environmental Studies

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA, BS and BGS, as well as a graduate certificate and a PSM in Environmental Studies. The Environmental Studies 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.

Environmental Studies Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate a proficient understanding of the ethical and social dimensions of environmental issues, in a manner consistent with the curriculum of their specific major program 
  • Obtain and use scholarly information related to environmental issues and sustainability 
  • Synthesize and integrate material in an interdisciplinary team-structured project 
  • Understand the natural environment and its relationships with human activities 
  • Acquire practical skills for scientific problem-solving, including familiarity with laboratory and field instrumentation, computer applications, statistical and modeling techniques 
  • Design and evaluate strategies, technologies, and methods for sustainable management of environmental systems and for the remediation or restoration of degraded environments 

Popular Career Paths

Fishery and Wildlife Management: Includes the management, preservation and restoration of fish and/or wildlife habitats, population regulation, disease management, and public education.

Forestry/Park Management: Involves the preservation and sustainable management of park and forest lands as well as urban areas. It also includes the maintenance of the ecological health of our parks as well as the management of park visitors and the monitoring of their impact.

Education and Communication: Involves helping the public gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the natural resources around them. Can include education in a variety of settings, print or broadcast journalism, and advocacy.

Land and Water Conservation/Management: Includes natural resource assessment and management, habitat protection and restoration, preservation of open spaces and natural areas, and protection of cultural resources.

Law: Involves the interpretation and enforcement of the laws in our legal system to minimize, prevent, punish or remedy the actions of individuals which damage or threaten the environment, public health and safety.

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Jobs to Consider

Conservation Biologist

Conservation Officer


Environmental Educator

Environmental/Land Use Planner

Field/Lab Technician

Fish Hatchery Manager

Fishery/Wildlife Biologist


Geographic Information Systems Specialist



Outdoor Education Specialist

Park Manager/Ranger

Public Affairs Specialist

Range Management Specialist

Recreation Manager

Refuge Manager


Restoration Ecologist

Urban Forester

Water Quality/Conservation Specialist

Wetlands Ecologist

Wildlife Inspector

Places to Seek Employment

Environmental Consulting Firms

Environmental Research Laboratories


Federal Government Agencies

Groundwater Firms

Land Trusts/Preserves

Law Firms

Mining Companies

Utility and Timber Companies

Non-Profit Environmental Organizations

Real Estate Development Companies

Research Firms

State/Local Government Agencies

Tourism Agencies and Resorts


Wildlife Refuges

Zoological Parks and Aquariums


View specific employers by state.

Employment Strategies

  1. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  2. Register for HireJayhawks.com and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  3. Acquire relevant certifications and trainings, such as wilderness first aid, CPR, wilderness survival, leave no trace, etc.
  4. Network with professionals working in the field and, if possible, find someone in the field who who would be willing to serve as a professional mentor to you.
  5. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Air & Waste Management Association, Eco-Justice, Emerging Green Builders, Environs, From Blue to Green: Conserve KU, KU Student Farm, and Potter Lake Project.
  6. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in environmental studies, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  7. Become familiar with the federal government job application process.
  8. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate school.
  10. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).

Job and Internship Search Resources

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