Program Summary

Program Summary

  • Social and ecological sustainability requires an holistic approach to problem solving.

  • Environmental Studies coursework in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically assess and address complex environmental challenges.

  • All students complete the Environmental Studies Core (58 credits) and an Environmental Specialization (20 credits). 

The Environmental Studies Core

  • EVST 1600 Sustainability, People and the Environment  *students who score a 4 or 5 on the College Board AP Environmental Science exam will receive credit for this requirement  

Area I: Natural Sciences: 15 credits, including:
  • EVST 2100 Natural History: Theory and Practice
  • EVST 2150 Geoscience
  • EVST 3200 Principles of Ecology




Area II: Social Sciences: 10 credits, including:
  • EVST 3000 Environmental Politics OR EVST 4740 International Environmental Governance
  • EVST 3050 Economics and the Environment
Area III: Humanities: 10 credits, including:
  • HIST 3510 Environmental History
  • EVST 2950 Ethics, Equity and the Environment




Area IV: Quantitative and Research Methods: 10 credits, including:
  • EVST 3400 Research Design and Statistics
  • EVST 3500 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Area V: Internship: 3 credits
  • EVST 4950 Internship


  • EVST 4900 Senior Synthesis Capstone

Environmental Studies and Public Affairs Double Major

Environmental Studies Majors who specialize in Urban Sustainability or Politics, Policy and Justice are uniquely situated to complete a double major in EVST and Public Affairs.  Students can complete this double major in a normal four year course of study.  Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic course plan and the requirements for completion of the double major.

Contact Us

Tanya Hayes, PhD

Program Director

206 296-5485

Kimberly Gawlik, JD

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440

Rachel House '22 

EVST and PUBA Double Major 

"Environmental studies was something I knew I wanted to study for a long time, and the program here at SU was one of the most well-established programs I looked into. I then found out there was a possibility to double major with Public Affairs in addition to EVST and it really piqued my interest. Taking the classes and talking with the people in both programs really solidified in my mind that this was the path I wanted to take and how well the majors fit together."