Why Environmental Science at Seattle University?

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.


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
Lyn Gualtieri, Ph.D.

Dr. Lyn Gualtieri

Director of Environmental Science