Take Action for a More Sustainable and Just World

We seek to discover, assess, and propose innovative solutions that are ecologically sound and socially just. Advancing sustainability depends on an holistic approach to problem solving in collaboration with diverse peoples and through work across disciplines.

As an Environmental Studies student at Seattle University, you will:

  • Tailor your major to your interests. Choose from one of four specializations: Urban Sustainability; Policy, Politics and Justice; Environmental Education and Communication or Ecological Systems - or design your own specialization. 
  • Explore the link between people and the environment - addressing issues facing our many ecosystems, including our homes, cities, farms, forests and oceans. 
  • Identify and solve sustainability challenges through an equity lens - gaining core competencies in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences.
  • Learn the data analysis tools, analytical skills and communication techniques you will need to understand and solve environmental problems, work with diverse stakeholders and communicate ways to move our communities toward a more sustainable future.
  • Integrate field and class work in the Puget Sound area and beyond. Take small classes with professors dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities to explore local and global environmental concerns that range from urban sustainability to landscape ecology, climate justice and more.
  • Chart your career path through our Environmental Careers series, internship and independent studies opportunities and alumni network.

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


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Research Highlight

Assistant Professor, Heidi Lierre, contributed to a Dartmouth-led study published in EurekAlert!  Read about how rare plants attract rare bees and birds in urban gardens.

Student Spotlight

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Marrakech Maxwell          EVST/PUBA 2022

Marrakech Maxwell, Environmental Studies and Public Affairs double major, is the 2022 recipient  of the College of Arts and Sciences Le Roux Leadership Award.  The award recognizes the graduating student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities, shown academic excellence and performed significant service to the College.  The recipient personifies, in character and in action, the qualities of a liberal education, which constitute the "spirit" of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Julieta Dentone  EVST/PUBA 2024

Julieta Dentone, dual Environmental Studies and Public Affairs major, is the 2022 recipient of the Miller Scholarship.  The Scholarship supports the recipient's academic related expenses for continued studies in the EVST program.  Julieta notes, "I love the EVST major because of the intersectionality it has with so many topics.  I feel like I have learned so much already with the classes I've taken."



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Grace Chinen EVST 2022

Grace Chinen is the 2022 co-recipient of the Environmental Studies Hazel Wolf Award, recognizing the student(s) with the highest GPA in the EVST Major.

2022  Hazel Wolf Award Recipients


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Kennedi Finnes  EVST 2022

Kennedi Finnes is the 2022 co-recipient of the Environmental Studies Hazel Wolf Award, recognizing the student(s) with the highest GPA in the EVST Major.