Take Action for a More Sustainable and Just World

At Seattle University, Environmental Studies students collaboratively engage with faculty, staff and the community to study and promote human-natural systems that are environmentally sustainable and socially just.  In the Environmental Studies program, students will:

  • Learn the problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills needed to address today's pressing, contemporary environmental challenges

  • Engage with faculty from across disciplines to explore and understand the socio-economic, spiritual, ethical and biophysical complexities of human-environment systems

  • Integrate fieldwork and class work to investigate the social and ecological dimensions of sustainability

  • Specialize in a specific area of sustainability related to a professional field: Environmental Education and Communication; Politics, Policy and Justice; Urban Sustainability or Ecological Systems

  • Gain practical tools and real world experience through internships, fellowships and education abroad

Program Summary

Our cohesive program provides students the opportunity to conduct research with faculty renowned in their fields, work with practitioners and communities to address local and global environmental concerns, participate in experiential learning here in the United States and abroad and be part of our dynamic SU community through small classes, on-campus organizations and activities, and co-curricular events.

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As part of the EVST curriculum, each student chooses to specialize in an area of environmental studies and sustainability. The specializations build upon the core EVST curriculum and prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop your specific field of interest.

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Professional Development

EVST students gain pre-professional experience while completing a required Environmental Internship.  They engage with the global classroom developing knowledge of diverse cultures through education abroad, fellowships and undergraduate research.  


Contact Us

Tanya Hayes

Program Director

206 296-5485


Kimberly Gawlik

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440


Substainability Ranking 

Seattle University has continued its run of top rankings for sustainability by once again being named a Sierra Cool School for 2020.

Amelia Serafin '21

EVST Major, Biology Minor 

Hazel Wolf Awardee 

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Amelia Serafin has been awarded the Hazel Wolf Award for earning the highest grade point average in the EVST Program. Amelia's major and minor combination allowed her to study environmental issues and solutions through the interdisciplinary lenses of both the life sciences and the social sciences. After graduation, she plans to move to Queensland Australia in 2021 to pursue a Master’s of Science Degree in Marine Biology focusing on Coral Conservation and Restoration.

Princeton Review 

Seattle University is the only college in the Northwestern United States to earn a spot in the Princeton Review’s 2021 Green Honor Roll of 30 colleges that earned the highest scores by the publication.

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Virtual Happening on Campus

  • Dr. Lyn Gualtieri’s socially distanced, hands-on Geoscience class studying sedimentary rocks “in the field!” Although we are still in COIVD times, our EVST professors are doing their best to deliver to students the full SU Environmental Studies experience. 

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  • Nature Underfoot:  A conversation with  Dr. John Hainze and Dr. Heidi Liere, November 2nd, 7:00 - 8:30 PM PST
    • Dr. John Hainze, entomoligist and ethicist as well as adjunct faculty in Seattle Uinversity's Environmental Studies Department, appears in conversation with Dr. Heidi Liere, Ecologist and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Seattle University, to discuss his new book, nature underfoot, an informed and heartfelt tribute to commonly unappreciated plants, insects, and other tiny creatures that reconsiders humanity’s relationship to nature.  Register here.  
  • The Climate Crunch, November 17th, 5:00-6:30 PM PST
    • November 17 marks the 2nd annual "Global Day of Action" where law students raise awareness about climate and climate justice. SU's Graduate Student Council and the Environmental Law Society in collaboration with the Black Law Student Association, Black Student Union and the Environmental Law Society at the University of Washington are organizing a panel discussion to address the important collision between climate change and lower-income communities. Panelists include Dr. Tanya Hayes, Professor and Director of Environmental Studies and Cheerful Catunao, J. D. who specializes in environmental litigation, water quality laws, and curbing GHG emissions