Environmental Studies Department

Jan 26, 2023 Guest Lecture: Robin Wall Kimmerer

"It's important to study environmental studies because environmental studies can unlock the keys to the world."

Conservation. Business.  Activism.
Government. Education. Consulting.
Justice & Equity. Outdoor Recreation.
Engineering. Renewable Energy.
And So Much More.

Meet Our Students Meet Our Faculty Meet Our Graduates Environmental & Racial Justice Job & Internship Postings

In the Classroom

research the challenges we're facing as individuals and as a species
  • Undergraduate research and experiential learning are key pillars of the major, including summer research assistantships, internships, field experiences, and a capstone thesis project completed during the senior year.
think critically from many perspectives
create & communicate system-wide solutions

Jack Grabinski  '23 (he/him/his)

"I enjoyed Intro to Geographic Informations Systems. In this class, I learned about cartography, working with geographic data sets, and making maps on the GIS software. I'm kind of a nerd for maps and working with data sets, so this class was a perfect fit for me."

Mariko Hermerding '23 (she/her/hers)

"The easy accessibility to the outdoors and the friendly, knowledgeable faculty/staff introduced me to the wonders of ES and the many opportunities it brings.

build meaningful relationships with mentors

In the Community

build solutions to the climate crisis, the biggest crisis of our time

students at COP 25 negotiations

  • CSB/SJU student delegates attend the United Nations climate negotations each year as part of our Global Climate Policy class. The students conduct  original research at the COP. Learn more.
  • solve climate by 2030CSB/SJU environmental studies hosted the Minnesota power dialog on climate change and justice. Events were held in all 50 states on April 7, 2020 - check out the videos!

learn through internships, service, recreation, and employment

Max Lyons '22 (he/him)
Garden Assistant - Marlene's Gardens

"Helping manage a community garden in a remote fishing village has given me valuable insight."

Mariko Hermerding '23 (she/her)
Summer Programs Support Intern - Happy Dancing Turtle

"Thanks to my time at Happy Dancing Turtle, I understand how non-profits operate and with this experience I feel more confident going into the future." 

Madeleine Partch CSB '21Madeleine Partch '21 (she/her)
Saint John's Abbey Arboretum - Student Land Manager

"Seeing the results and understanding the benefits of the work I was doing made going to work really exciting." 

More About Internships

96% of graduates are in full-time employment, full-time volunteer service, long-term employment, or continuing education within 1 year of graduation.Read more about graduate surveys and results.