Take Action for Social and Ecological Justice

The future depends on urban and rural landscapes that are environmentally sustainable and socially just.  As an Environmental Studies student at Seattle University, you will:

  • Learn the problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills needed to address the pressing problems of climate change, urbanization, waste, water, energy and food systems

  • Specialize in a specific environmental field

  • Engage with faculty from across disciplines to assess the social and ecological dimensions of sustainability

  • Gain real world pre-professional experience

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.

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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 study abroad, fellowships and undergraduate research.  

SU Environmental Studies graduates are well positioned for jobs in environmental policy, planning, advocacy, communication, education and natural resource management. 

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Happening on Campus

Failing Forward: Panel Discussion Jan. 29th, 12:30-1:30, Outreach Center, STCN 110

Learning to fail forward and turning it into a positive experience has been an important step for these students, staff, and faculty at SU. Come learn and listen.

LinkUp: An Alumni and Student Mentoring Event Jan. 30th, 4:00-6:30, Campion Ballroom 

LinkUp is a structured, low-key, networking event that connects current Arts & Sciences (A&S) undergraduate and graduate students with A&S alumni. For more info or to register, please click here

What Comes Next? Feb. 6th, 6:00-7:00, Harding 143

A panel session with young College of Arts & Sciences alumnus to navigate through the transition period from college to your first career position.

Are & Be Student of Color Symposium, Feb. 9th 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium 

Undergraduate students of color attend sessions to develop life skills and freely discuss the challenges and experiences of navigating academia and the world. For more information or to register, click here.

Career and Internship Fair, Feb. 12th 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Campion Ballroom 

Explore and connect with employers on internships and job opportunities. 

Career Discernment Learning Lab, Feb. 14th 12:30-1:30, Institute of Public Service Casey 210 

Students will be invited to explore how their values, interests, and skills can inform their process of translating their past experiences to a meaningful career path or job after graduation.

Careers in Public Sector Day, Feb. 21st 12:30-1:30, Pigott 101

Learn about career paths in the public sector, including jobs and internship opportunities with government agencies including USA Jobs.

Faculty Highlights

Welcome Dr. Heidi Liere

Dr. Liere, an assistant professor in EVST, holds a PhD. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan (2011) where she specialized in insect community ecology and agroecology. Dr. Liere’s research investigates the factors that affect biodiversity in human-managed systems and how, in turn, biodiversity helps sustain vital ecosystem services in those systems.

Associate Professor, Marie Wong

Associate Professor, Marie Wong spoke with NPR about the Single Room Occupancy hotels that once dominated the streetscape in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. The story not only appealed to Doc Wong's background in urban planning, but also to her background as a Chinese American growing up in the Midwest.

Start the audio at 5:35 to hear Dr. Wong's 11-minute interview!

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206 296-5485


Kimberly Gawlik

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440


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Campus Sustainability: Gold Rating Awarded

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a framework for colleges and universities to measure their environmental, social, and economic sustainability performance. In May, Seattle University achieved a gold rating from this rigorous bench-marking program with a score of 75.64, an increase of six points since the 1st STARS submission in 2016. Read more here and view SU's STARS report.

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Sierra Magazine Cool Schools Top Ten Award 


Seattle University is a Top Ten School when it comes to being green, according to the 2018 "Cool Schools" rankings published in Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club.  SeattleU is the only university in Washington to make the magazine's top 20.  Read More

 The Princeton Review: Top 50 Green Schools

The Princeton Review named Seattle University #12 on its 2019 list of Top 50 Green Colleges.  Green Colleges are schools that make the most exceptional commitments to sustainability from academics and career prep to campus clubs and initiatives.