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


Earth Month Logo Design Competition

Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, 3/3

The winning creation will be used to publicize SU’s Earth Month initiatives on social media, websites, flyers, and more. The winner will also receive a $25 gift certificate to SU’s Campus Store & $25 to an environmental organization of their choosing.

Click to see the 2021 Earth Month Logo Competition flyer. Email submissions and any questions to cejs@seattleu.edu.

CEJS Scholarship

Calling all Redhawks! Do you have an environmental justice or sustainability research project idea? CEJS (Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability) will be offering two student research fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year with a $2,500 stipend per student project.

Submit your application in PDF format by email to cietersy@seattleu.edu by noon on March 1, 2021.

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.


Seattle U is #3 in the U.S. for Sustainability

Seattle U was once again recognized as a leading institution for advancing sustainability and environmental justice with the release of the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index, which ranked the university #3 among master's institutions.



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Virtual Happening on Campus

  • Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), Feb. 11-12
    WOHESC is the platform for inspiring change, facilitating action and promoting collaboration around sustainability within our region’s higher education institutions. This year the two-day conference will go virtual and be presented by Seattle Colleges. Take advantage of the 30 percent off registration cost ($35) for members of SU’s campus community by using this registration link.
  • 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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  • Drs Heidi Liere and John Hainze discussed Dr. Hainze's new book, nature underfoot, in a book talk co-hosted by Elliott Bay Books.  Watch the book talk, here.


Entomologist and ethicist Dr. John Hainze and Dr. Heidi Liere, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies at SU, talk about his new book.