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


Kaelin Mason '21

EVST Major

Miller Environmental Studies Scholarship

A student holding a puppy

Kaelin Mason is the 20/21 recipient of the Miller Environmental Studies Scholarship. Kaelin is currently employed as a student gardener on the SU grounds team and is in the process of completing her EVST Capstone focusing on the effect of Indigenous land burning practices on biodiversity and wildfire management. After graduation, Kaelin plans "to work in habitat restoration, outdoor education, parks service etc... anything outside or in the dirt where I can participate in helping the ecosystem and get others to as well!"

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

  • Earth Month: April. Each year, in the weeks leading up to Earth Day (April 22nd) CEJS, in partnership with various Seattle University departments and student groups, encourages action and participation in initiatives that focus on the urgent need for environmental justice, sustainability, and climate solutions.
  • EVST faculty member Dr. Gualtieri took one of her classes (which included some EVST students) on field trip to the snow. Here they sampled the snow for their studies in order to learn more about ecosystems. 

A group of students in the Snow.