Environmental Studies Do Greater Good

Student jumping at Toadstool Geological Park

The Environmental Studies Program

At Nebraska’s Environmental Studies Program, we seek students who seek change.

We help them discover their passion, and provide the knowledge and skills needed to turn it into a lifetime of action.

In a positive, nurturing, collaborative learning environment, we prepare them to solve current and future local, regional, and global environmental challenges.

We pair a truly interdisciplinary curriculum with a student-centered approach that emphasizes community engagement, compelling internship opportunities, and fulfilling education abroad.

Through fantastic teaching, excellent advising and real-world research experiences, we teach students to think critically, to problem solve strategically and to challenge stale ideas. We teach them to communicate their own ideas clearly and effectively.

We prepare them to lead.

Our graduates go on to careers in environment and public health, sustainability, environmental education, and as entrepreneurs.

It’s their job to make the world a better place.

Make it yours.

Students Doing Good

Peter Janda, Class of 2020

Peter decided to involve himself through service learning during his winter break this year. He traveled with the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Nebraska Lincoln to Fresno, California. There, Peter and his peers studied immigration, citizenship and the lifestyle of migrant workers and their families. Students had the opportunity to experience some of the wonders of Western US geography such as Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, the High Desert, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, National Archway Park, and Grand Canyon. They learned from leading national experts on immigration, worker’s rights, and education. While in the Central Valley, students engaged in service work installing solar panels on first-time homeowner homes with GRID Alternatives and river cleanup with San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust.

Peter noted that "We worked installing solar panels on low income housing, planting native plant species along the San Joaquin river to counteract invasive plants, and learned about the challenges faced by migrant workers in California’s Central Valley. (We also) got to see National Parks: Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia."

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Peter Janda

Featured Alumnus

Thien Chau, Class of 2015

After graduating from UNL, Thien moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Environmental Defense Fund for a summer. While with EDF, he worked on the Defend Our Future campaign, which mobilizes young leaders on college campuses to address climate change through civic participation. Thien then started school at the Georgetown University Law Center where he is currently a second-year laws student and a member of the Environmental Law Review and Georgetown's Moot Court Team. This last summer, Thien clerked with the Environmental Law Institute. While with ELI, he had the opportunity to work on topics such as the Clean Water Act, landlord-tenant obligations, and natural resource damage assessments. Though he's been in D.C. for a while, he tells us that he's still at Husker at heart and loves seeing the progress UNL is making on environmental sustainability!

Thien Chau

How to Apply

Let curiosity move you to start your story at the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources or the College of Arts and Sciences. With specialized programs of study to match any interest area, the opportunity for hands-on experience through our nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program, and a campus located at the heart of an innovative college city of more than 250,000 people, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers the ideal Big Ten collegiate experience for students at an affordable cost.

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