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Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies major is intended for those interested in the environment and concerned with loss of habitat, global warming, and the impact that human beings have on the natural world. This major prepares students for careers in environmental science, field ecology, conservation education, resource management, and environmental advocation. Students in this major study environmental issues through an interdisciplinary lens. Specialized tracks are available in Environmental Policy and Education and Environmental Resources and Management. A capstone experience in the form of an internship is required. Students may pursue a BA (16 courses) or BS (19 courses) in this major. A minor in Environmental Studies is also offered.

Program Requirements

Course Requirements for the Environmental Studies major can be found here.

Careers and further education in Environmental Studies

Our majors have gone on to pursue graduate studies in areas such as Geography, Biology, Environmental Policy, Landscape Architecture, etc. Additionally, Environmental Studies graduates have gone on to work as Community Organizers, Environmental Educators, Environmental Engineers, Field Chemists, etc. For a complete listing of graduate work and careers that our students have pursued please click here.

Student Spotlight

  • Ashley Machovec

    Originally from Binghamton, NY, I came to University at Buffalo as a transfer student from my local community college. After switching my major a few times, I chose to be an early childhood education concentration with a teaching and speech pathology minor. Taking a wrong turn on main street in Buffalo, I ended up at […]

  • Clarissa Cardarelli

    I’m from Orchard Park, NY and I am studying French, Linguistics, and International Studies with a regional focus in Africa. I chose International Studies as my major since I have always loved learning foreign languages and about foreign cultures. I plan to use what I have learned about foreign relations, economics, and politics to pursue […]

  • Shontay Barnes

    Originally from Buffalo New York, I am pursuing a double major in Health and Human Services/Community Mental Health and Psychology. I chose this major because I learned about the excellent opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.  I was very pleased to see that there was an internship component of the major.  My participation […]

  • Cherrelle Collins

    For me this major encompassed everything I am. After pursuing nursing, and realizing that clinical work was not “for me”, I started to hone in on my leadership skills, ability to direct, inspire and HELP. It was at that moment that I realized I wanted to become instrumental in helping someone else find their “calling” […]

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