Environmental Studies

ENVS Students with Renowned Speaker Jane Goodall (Ph.D., DBE), Photo by Greg Gordon

Congratulations to ENVS Major Mollie Picha, winner of the 2015 Gonzaga Senior Class Award and inductee into Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honors Society! 

Gonzaga is a fantastic place to study the environment.

Gonzaga Environmental Studies

Gonzaga is ENVS Major's dream location: we have more than a dozen National Parks, National Forests, and National Recreations Areas within less than a day's drive from Spokane, including some of the literal wonders of the world. Situated within our region are the deepest canyon in North America (Hells Canyon) as well as not just one, but two UN World Heritage Sites (Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks).  Did you know: the largest floods ever to occur in the history of the planet passed right through Spokane - less than 10,000 years ago? At Gonzaga you'll have opportunities to study these places and events. You also have a number of organizations and clubs available to you including: Gonzaga Environmental Organization (GEO) student club; Marian Hall Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Theme Community; and Gonzaga Outdoors student club.

The Environmental Studies Department offers 39-credit major with the introductory interdisciplinary course, ENVS 101, which builds cohesion and a sense of community for the major. Students take five additional "ENVS Core" classes: ENVS 102, Environmental Politics and Policy, ENVS 103, Human Ecology, ENVS 104, Environmental Chemistry, ENVS 200, Case Studies in Environmental Science, and ENVS 358, Environmental Ethics. 

All students take five additional upper division classes distributed in the humanities and social sciences.  There is also the option to take an additional lab science as an upper division elective.  All senior majors complete the program with a capstone class, ENVS 499, Symposium in Environmental Studies. 

Field Trip to Salmo-Priest Wilderness NE Washington, Photo by Greg Gordon

Service-Learning with Washington Trails Association, Photo by Greg Gordon

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Gonzaga University, Box 52
Spokane, WA 99258-0052

Kevin Henrickson
Chair, Environmental Studies