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.
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.
Explore More Career Paths
- Echoing Green - provides a springboard for realizing your contribution to solving the world’s biggest problems
- Green Career Guide - information regarding different green career paths
- Environmental Consulting Career Advice - questions and answers related to careers in environmental consulting
- Green Jobs - career information on green jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
- MakingtheDifference.org - online job profiles through the federal government in the field of environmental studies
- Green Degrees & Careers - discover environmentally friendly degrees & career options
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
Job and Internship Search Resources
- Cool Works - job and internship opportunities in national parks, conservation organizations, state parks, ranches, and ski resorts
- Conservation Job Board - list of jobs related to the environment and biology
- Earthworks Jobs - job listings for ecology, hydrology, environmental science, GIS, renewable energy, sustainable development, and related fields (includes international job postings)
- Environmental Career - job postings, environmental conference and event listings, and resource center
- Environmental Law and Policy Center - employment and internship opportunities with ELPC as well as a job board of additional job and internship listings
- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks - employment and volunteer opportunities with KDWP
- KU Environmental Studies Department Careers Page - environmental job and internship postings as well as links to additional career resources
- Idealist - job, internship, and volunteer listings in non-profit and government agencies
- Society for Ecological Restoration - career center with job, internship, and volunteer position listings
- Student Conservation Association - hands-on conservation internship and other service opportunities with government agencies as well as non-profit organizations / National Park Service Academy
- The Nature Conservancy - employment and internship opportunities with TNC
- The Wildlife Society Career Center - job and internship postings in wildlife and fishery management
- USA Jobs - comprehensive database of all full-time, temporary, and internship opportunities with federal government agencies
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.