Environmental Studies

Our students are empowered to create a more ecologically vibrant and economically and socially just world by engaging environmental problems in all their complexity.

Ursinus students Madison Moses (left) and Jess Greenburg work on the Ursinus farm.

Students develop problem-solving skills through integrative course work and experiential learning both inside and outside the classroom. When confronting the challenge of fostering sustainability our students get their boots muddy and their hands dirty with work on applied projects in the areas of climate change, action, and justice; biodiversity and ecosystem conservation; agriculture and food systems; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); land-use change; urbanization and planning; waste and recycling; ocean and freshwater systems; geology; and stewardship of natural resources. 

Students hone their theory-informed insights; analytical, technical, and laboratory skills; and creative solutions in a variety of ways, including

  • working with community partners on ecological restoration and environmental management projects in the area
  • seasonal engagement with production at the campus farm and our WERS agroecological field site
  • field trips to regional conservation areas and facilities
  • and meetings with champions of sustainability
Quick Environmental Studies Facts


of Environmental Studies majors get substantial real-world experience during their four years.

Meet Our Alumni

Photo of Amos Almy working in a national park

Amos Almy

Class of 2013 | Mount Rainier National Park

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Headshot of Catherine Buczek

Catherine Buczek

Class of 2018 | Tallahassee, Florida

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Allie Cook works with the Food Corps in Maine

Allie Cook

Class of 2018 | Indian Township, Maine

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Gabe Haug explores Oregon forests.

Gabe Haug

Class of 2016 | Eugene, Oregon

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Jessie Kemper working to remove invasive species from our waterways.

Jessie Kemper

Class of 2012 | Schwenksville, PA

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Planting trees as part of watershed conservation efforts in the Perkiomen.

Beth Myers

Class of 2017 | Schwenksville, PA

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Headshot of Lauralee Lightwood-Mater

Lauralee Lightwood-Mater

Class of 2011 | Philadelphia, PA

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Photo of Regan Dohm holding a bird of prey

Regan Dohm

Class of 2012 | Madison, Wisconsin

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ENV alum Sarah Huang at the Beaufort Sea for ethnographic field work as part of her graduate degree.

Sarah Huang

Class of 2014 | West Lafayette, Indiana

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Adam Schwemin

Adam Schwemin

Class of 2013 | Rockville, MD

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ENV Alum Pete Sosinski is studying law in New York.

Pete Sosinski

Class of 2013 | White Plains, New York

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Environmental Studies