What Can I do with an Environmental Studies or Environmental Sciences Degree?

Like other degrees in Liberal Arts Social Science or Humanities, Environmental Studies or Environmental Sciences can be used for careers in government, the nonprofit sector, research stations, and environmental consulting. Our graduates have pursued opportunities within universities, Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources, Parks and Wildlife, municipalities and many environmental organizations. Some students will consider a Sustainable Business minor (see the course catalog) from the School of Business Administration. The intention is to have these courses work together across disciplines to give students the necessary background in both business and environmental studies. The program is also preparation for graduate study.

Where have Environmental Studies grads gone after graduation?

Gonzaga's Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences Majors have placed students into a wide area of graduate, governmental, and environmental positions. Below is a sampling of some of the career opportunities recent Environmental Studies grads have chosen to pursue:

Graduate and Law Schools

  • Alaska Pacific University, Environmental Science
  • Oregon State University, Environmental Science
  • Oregon State University, Public Policy/Environmental Policy
  • Oxford University
  • Texas A&M University, Behavioral Ecology
  • University of California Irvine, Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D.
  • University of Kentucky, Entomology, Ph.D.
  • University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs
  • University of Washington, School of Law
  • University of Utah, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
  • University of Copenhagen, MSc in Climate Change

Government Positions

  • City of Salem, OR
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Fair Trade, USA
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Spokane County Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington State Department of Ecology

Environmental Organizations

  • Bay Area Climate Corps, San Francisco, California
  • Catalina Island Marine Institute
  • Catholic Charities of Spokane Vinegar Flats Community Farm
  • Friends of Cedar River Watershed, Seattle, Washington
  • Northwest Earth Institute, Portland, Oregon
  • Northwestern Energy, Bozeman, Montana
  • University of Idaho, Lab Researcher
  • Upper Columbia United Tribes, Biological Field Technician, Washington

Alumni Spotlight

Testing the Limits

Oakley Wurzweiler has always had a knack for the outdoors from leading GU Outdoors trips to spending her summers in Colorado on immersive hikes. Now, following her graduation from Gonzaga, Wurzweiler will spend five months on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Eagle Eye on Environmental Research

Harrison Eagle, a 2020 Gonzaga University graduate is envisioning a career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Conservation Biologist.

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