Major : Environmental StudiesCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

Environmental studies at UNL provides you with the knowledge and skills to address environmental challenges facing our world while preparing you for an exciting environmental career. You will examine relationships between human behavior and the physical and biological world; as well as the social sciences and policy development and application.

Gain the knowledge to identify, analyze, and solve environmental problems while developing your learning, organizational, oral, and written skills. When you major in environmental studies, you will have core courses, collateral courses and options to pursue an emphasis area.

Emphasis options include:

  • anthropology
  • applied climate science
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • communication studies
  • geography
  • geology
  • meteorology/climatology
  • natural resources
  • political science
  • psychology
  • sociology

In addition, you can elect to take courses like

  • science
  • systems
  • environment and sustainability
  • environmental engagement & the community
  • human dimensions of sustainability
  • natural resource & environmental law
  • and many more!!

Career Opportunities

All over the globe, there is a growing market for individuals who want to contribute to the expanding green economy. Given the broad, interdisciplinary nature of the environmental studies major, you'll have the ability to pursue a wide range of “environmental” careers.

Examples of general career categories include:

  • sustainability
  • environmental quality
  • conservation
  • environmental education
  • public health and safety
  • environmental protection
  • public policy analysis
  • environmental consulting
  • natural resources management
  • green business
  • environmental law

Employment of recent Nebraska graduates include:

  • Assistant Scientist, Olsson Associates
  • Biological Technician, US Forest Service
  • Environmental & Safety Coordinator, Tri-Con Industries
  • Environmental Educator, Peace Corp
  • Environmental Health Specialist, City of Lincoln
  • Environmental Restoration Technician, Village of Glenview
  • Hydrologic Technician, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Program Specialist 2, NE Dept of Environmental Quality
  • Sustainability Associate, Cleaner Greener Lincoln
  • Stream Ecology, University of Nebraska
  • Wildland Firefighter, United States Forest Service
  • Wildlife Technician, Northern Arizona University

The NEBRASKA difference

Because UNL is located in the state capital, you will have access to a number of city, state, regional, and national environmental agencies and organizations such as:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • Game and Parks Commission
  • Nebraska Department of Natural Resources

You can participate in a number of clubs and organizations including:

  • SustainUNL
  • Ecology Now
  • UNL Outdoor Education Club
  • Students Today Leaders Forever

For more information on activities as well as internships and job postings, please see http://esp.unl.edu/

The environmental studies program is the only environmental program in the state offering faculty emphasis advisers in agriculture, natural resources, and arts and sciences.