Environmental Studies

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The Environmental Studies major equips students with the knowledge, tools, and opportunities needed to engage with environmental issues spawned from the dynamics of climate change, ecological degradation, globalization, economic activity, and societal values. Interdisciplinary programming covers science, policy, aesthetics, social, and economic aspects with options to emphasize any of those areas. Coursework, independent research, and internships prepare students with essential skills to solve complicated contemporary environmental problems. Student environmental projects can be funded through the Mazingira Fund.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Research and Internships


  • Environmental consulting (reclamation, mitigation, compliance)
  • Environmental law/policy
  • Urban planning/sustainability
  • Environmental advocacy/education
  • Local/state/national/international agencies managing natural resources

Environmental Studies Faculty

Robert East, Ph.D. portrait

Program Chair

Robert M. East, Ph.D.

Office: SWA 008 Degrees: Ph.D. Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University; M.S. Plant and Soil Sciences, Texas A&I University; B.S. Biology, Murray State University Areas of Study Robert East is an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches a variety of courses covering interdisciplinary aspects of environmental studies, with areas…


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