Seattle is a great place to study environmental science. One of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, Seattle is also built on the shoreline of one of the world’s great estuaries, Puget Sound. Unfortunately, urban growth and other environmental stressors have had significant environmental impacts. Managing our unique natural heritage is one of the greatest challenges faced by the region.
Thankfully, the fragility of the natural systems is being addressed by federal, state, and local research agencies as well as by a range of consulting companies and foundations. Seattle is a regional and national hub for this kind of research, meaning that there are a number of opportunities for SU students both during their time at SU and post-graduation, as they begin to work with resource management agencies, private consulting firms, or as they pursue environmental graduate studies.
Our faculty is well-connected with the local community of environmental scientists and provides hands-on training on real projects. Following the model of Seattle University’s nationally-recognized engineering Project Center, the program connects teams of students with outside professional sponsors and faculty advisors who provide hands-on training on a real problem over the course of an entire academic year. We believe that we have the best technical Capstone program, and this is supported by the long list of awards that our engineering teams regularly receive. These capstone experiences provide professional preparation and professional connections, and our students consistently say that their capstone projects are defining features of their academic careers.
With a broad range of applied science courses that support environmental management, our students are well-situated to pursue careers in conservation, environmental consulting, ecological restoration, environmental education, fisheries, natural resource management and business sustainability.Wes Lauer, Ph.D., P.E. Professor, Environmental Science