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Why Environmental Studies?

  • Environmental Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Environmental Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Environmental Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Environmental Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris

“Environmental problems are interdisciplinary by nature. It’s not just science. We want our students to have an understanding of the social, political, and economic dimensions of environmental issues, as well as a good grounding in science.”

—Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology

A University of Minnesota, Morris environmental studies major begins with a rigorous core curriculum in economics, policy, science, humanities, and statistics. A carefully chosen set of upper–level electives lets you delve deeply into a specific environmental area.

Coursework for your major is combined with an outstanding liberal arts curriculum, which provides a broad foundation of knowledge on which to build a career.

During your sophomore year, you will work closely with your faculty adviser to design an elective plan that’s tailored to your interests and career goals. “We work one–to–one with students to help them map out a specific path of study,” says Peter Wyckoff, associate professor of biology. “It’s very personalized.”

During your four years at Morris, you will also complete an educational internship. And in the spring of your senior year, you will collaborate with other environmental studies students on an interdisciplinary team project. In the senior capstone experience, you and your peers will delve into a broad local or regional environmental topic, working together to answer a complex question.

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Environmental Studies or Environmental Science?

Morris offers degrees in both environmental studies and environmental science. Which major is right for you? Environmental studies draws courses from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Environmental science draws courses primarily from the natural sciences. Click here for a comparison.

Can I add a second major?

Yes! Many students add a second major or a minor to add depth to their environmental studies major. For certain majors, environmental studies electives may also count toward the second major.