• Faculty and student conducting swamp research

    Interdisciplinary program

    Combine your major and environmental studies

  • Dr. Kohler monitoring a river

    Community involvement

    Social justice - sustainability - environmental science research

  • Students on a fall day in the woods

    Program longevity

    One of the oldest environmental studies programs in the nation

Dr. Kohler and studentsThe Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University offers a number of exciting interdisciplinary undergraduate programs:



We also contribute courses and expertise to the Climate Change Studies minor, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Our distinguished and engaged staff offer high-quality curricula focused on providing you with the critical thinking and effective communication skills you will need to pursue a wide variety of careers. We explore environmental issues from multiple perspectives to allow you to understand the scientific basis of, and human dimensions that have led to, modern environmental problems. We also broadly train our students to take interdisciplinary approaches to effect positive change and pursue solutions to these issues.