Frequently Asked Questions

What do people do with an ES major?

Majors and minors in environmental studies pursue a wide range of careers, not only in environmental fields but in many other professions-professions complimented by a traditional liberal arts education. Many also go on to advanced study in related fields such as environmental law, public policy, landscape architecture, and environmental education.

What if I'm especially interested in one approach to ES, like science or economics?

ES majors and minors all have several options for electives within the program; many students select those courses to provide more depth in a particular field of interest. The ES major is also flexible enough to accommodate a double-major, while the minor can be combined with virtually any other major.

Is there a "hands on" component to the ES major?

Absolutely. From the introductory course, through the environmental science labs, to the senior research seminar you will have frequent opportunities to study outside on our campuses and in the surrounding area. Special programs like our learning communities often take students off-campus, and extended field study courses are frequently offered in the summers or through affiliated programs. Majors will also complete an internship that provides direct exposure to an environmental career or field of their choosing.

What kinds of people major/minor in ES?

It's hard to describe the typical ES student, but it's fair to say they are all passionate about the environment in some way. They come from urban, suburban, and rural backgrounds. Some have extensive outdoor experience while others may have none. The local lake, the lab, and the library might be favorite places for an ES student - but so could a remote campsite in the Boundary Waters or a mountain peak in Colorado. Few come to college intent on a specific environmental career, and many discover their particular passion while they are students.

What is the climate studies minor?

The climate studies minor offers the opportunity to engage climate issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives (courses offered across more than different departments) and includes courses in understanding how climate change works, analyzing its effects and solutions, and crafting paths to ensure climate justice – social justice on a thriving planet – for all. Completing the climate studies minor will signal expertise in climate change to potential employers, complements any existing major of study, and prepares students for a wide range of careers.

Where can I find the ES department on campus?

The ES department offices are located on the second floor of the Peter Engel Science Center on the Saint John's campus, sharing space and staff with Outdoor U and Adventure Programs. Stop by our offices for a visit!

Where can I find information about ES jobs and internships?

Current CSB/SJU students, regardless of their major, can visit the ES department website, connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn, or check the bulletin boards in the hallways of Peter Engel. The ES department posts information about jobs, internships, graduate schools, upcoming events, and news to help keep students informed of upcoming opportunities. Students can also visit the CSB/SJU XPD office or career services for more information

How can I find out more information about the ES program?

If you have any questions concerning the program, how to enroll, or what courses to take, please contact your academic adviser or any of the ES department faculty.