What is Environmental Studies?

Environmental studies is the interdisciplinary study of interactions between humans and their environment. It links various subject areas, including ecology, economics, geography, agricultural science, politics and sociology. “Environment” is defined as everything that surrounds us, including natural environments, as well as built, social, and organizational environments.

What skills will I learn while completing a degree in Environmental Studies?

Summarize research findingsAnalyze dataReport data
Perceive patternsApply logic to problemsPay attention to details
Apply conceptsUtilize formulasGather information
Apply knowledge creativelyDefine problemsAssess risks
Use laboratory equipmentEvaluate data and resultsInform and explain
Read and write technical materialWork with diverse teamsPlan and conduct field studies
Apply knowledge across disciplinesUnderstand causes of environmental problemsPropose / evaluate solutions to environmental problems

What jobs are available for those with a degree in Environmental Studies?

The table below summarizes areas of employment and potential employers of graduates of Environmental Studies programs. A more detailed table (pdf) has been compiled by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, to suggest specific career paths within the broad areas listed below, and propose strategies for securing employment.

PlanningFederal, state, regional, and local government
Environmental Education and CommunicationPublic and private elementary, middle, and high schools
Waste ManagementColleges and Universities
Air Quality ManagementConsulting firms
Water Quality ManagementNonprofit organizations
Land and Water ConservationWaste management firms
Fishery and Wildlife Management Indian nations
Parks and Outdoor RecreationTimber companies
AgricultureNational Park Service
ForestryAgricultural supply companies