Undegraduate Courses Be Change

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In Nebraska’s Environmental Studies program, you’ll join a community of fun, talented, passionate individuals. You’ll apply your curiosity to solve real-world problems facing the environment. And you’ll learn how to make a career out of making the world a better place.

Acquire the Knowledge of:

Earth and Ecological Systems: Understand the structure, function, and interaction among Earth’s four major spheres: land, water, living things, and air in the context of the physical, geological, and biological processes as well as human influences and their variability over space and time.

Human Dimensions of Environmental Challenged: Understand how law, politics, ethics, economics, historical setting, and cultural diversity influence past, present, and future public policy, decision-making, and risk assessment related to environmental challenges at local to global scales with emphasis on environmentally sustainable development.

Methods, Tools, and Technology: Use and apply relevant field, laboratory, geospatial, and social science research methods, tools, and technologies to address environmental challenges in an ethical manner.

Have Opportunities for:

Professional Development: Integrate classroom learning with practical application through internships, international study experiences, and undergraduate research experiences.

Communication: Use and apply written and oral communication skills for different audiences and purposes including oral presentations, public speaking, online publishing, and visual displays of environmental information.

Collaboration: Collaborate as members of teams, effectively working with multiple stakeholders from various backgrounds to address environmental challenges.


An Interdisciplinary Approach: Integrate multiple kinds of information, tools, and methods from a variety of disciplines to analyze and construct arguments about complex environmental challenges and sustainable development.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Synthesize interdisciplinary knowledge, technical knowledge, and research methodologies to complete a capstone senior thesis project.

The Major

The major provides students with versatile skills to work across disciplines and to be competitive, marketable professionals. Students acquire a broad-based education in the physical, biological, and social sciences. And they develop competency in a specific discipline.

The Minor

Students interested in obtaining a minor in environmental studies need to visit with the Environmental Studies academic advisor to establish a course of study plan that consists of work relevant to their interests and goals.