Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Western Michigan University's interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability studies program is dynamic and evolving, comprising faculty from a range of specialties in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Established in 1972, WMU has one of the oldest environmental and sustainability studies programs in the nation.

As an environmental and sustainability studies student at WMU, you will learn concern for the long-term health and well-being of our planet, and be encouraged to develop a personally fulfilling, environmentally responsible way of living. At the same time, you'll be offered rigorous pre-professional training to prepare you for a career in a wide range of environmentally related fields.

Beyond the classroom

WMU's environmental and sustainability studies program regularly hosts guest scholars of national and international reputation. The program also works extensively with local, regional and international groups such as the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, Tillers International, Fetzer Foundation, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Pierce Cedar Creek Biological Field Station, Wild Ones, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies Education for Sustainability Program, University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, and Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

You will also be encouraged to take advantage of campus organizations such as the Student Conservation Association, the Biodiesel Co-op of Kalamazoo and the Green Corps.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in environmental studies are working as:

  • Environmental analysts
  • Conservationists
  • Environmental lobbyists
  • Environmental Protection Agency inspectors
  • Lawyers
  • Park rangers
  • Journalists
  • Architects

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Research laboratories
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Environmental groups
  • Government agencies
  • Consulting firms

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo