Environmental Studies

Fall 2014 Environmental Studies Poster Session

Thursday, December 4 | 3-5 p.m. | New Science Center, SJU

Help us celebrate the good work of junior and senior environmental studies majors as they present their research projects. Preview the list of their projects.
Light refreshments will be served.

Environmental Studies Alumnae/i Survey

Calling all CSB/SJU environmental studies graduates! You can help inform and shape the future of the environmental studies major at CSB/SJU by completing our new online survey. Read more and complete the survey today.

Meet Our New Faculty!

Dr. Joe Storlien and Dr. Christopher Thoms join the environmental studies department faculty this year. Read more about them and the rest of our faculty and staff.


Why environmental studies? Ask our students.

It is 100% okay to be undecided; do not feel pressure to pick a major right away - make sure it feels right to you.

Ashleigh Walter ('15)
  Environmental studies applies to a variety of fields, which will allow me to choose from a variety of career choices.

Steven Pignato ('15)
  One of the most beneficial aspects of the coursework I have taken so far is that I have been able to find a career path that better suits my passions and goals in life.

Erin Medvecz ('15)
  I really like the fact that environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program...you learn a lot about different issues not just one subject.  

Tyler Thompson ('16)

Overview of Program

  • Environmental studies was established as a major in 2003. Six department faculty, joined by two dozen faculty from other departments, offer students a unique and innovative curriculum.
  • Our curriculum is based on a core of interdisciplinary environmental studies courses that approach questions of sustainability in a variety of contexts including food, energy, gender, ecology, policy, and more.

  • Students can choose from a range of environmentally-oriented courses in art, communication, ecology, economics, ethics, literature, geology, history, nutrition, politics, psychology, sociology, and other fields in addition to our core environmental studies curriculum.

  • A focus on undergraduate research and experiential learning offers opportunities for summer research assistantships, internships, field experiences, and a capstone thesis project for all majors.
  • The natural settings of Saint Ben's and Saint John's, including wetlands, streams, forests, lakes and praries, offer a unique environment for students to explore, conduct research, and learn about environmental education and land stewardship.
  • Graduates of the environmental studies program can be found in a variety of places after graduation. Many graduates choose to volunteer or pursue further education, while many can be found in a number of unique career paths.
  • Saint John's Abbey installed approximately 1800 solar panels on 3.9 acres of former farmland in the fall of 2009. At the time of installation, the solar farm was the largest in Minnesota.
  • In 2005, CSB/SJU designated environmental studies as one of the first Signature Programs of the two institutions. The designation is part of a strategic planning initiative to strengthen and highlight interdisciplinary programs.