About the Program
The Environmental Studies program is an immersive program taught by faculty with expertise in ecology, environmental biology, agriculture, geography, environmental politics, environmental humanities, ecofeminist theories, and creative activism. The classes are hands-on and you can focus your studies on the areas you find most interesting, while exploring what your passions in the unique context of Utah’s deserts, lakes, and mountains.
What You'll Learn
- Examine the relationship between humans and the natural world, and explore ways to improve the environment in which people, animals, and plants live.
- Collaborate with your classmates to address environmental issues.
- Develop the ability to approach environmental issues from diverse global perspectives.
- Participate in contemporary environmental debates.
- Hone your writing abilities to effectively communicate environmental issues in a variety of media, directed toward specialized and general audiences.
- Apply empirical and conceptual tools to evaluate environmental conditions and the issues surrounding them.
Plan of Study
You’ll start by taking introductory-level courses introducing you to the core concepts of environmental studies. As you move through the program and choose an area of specialization, you’ll take classes in ecology, environmental ethics, chemistry, politics, history, and environmental literature, and choose electives ranging from Environmental Toxicology to Spiritual Ecology. Throughout the program, you’ll have opportunities to study abroad, participate in internships, or develop your own field study experiences. To complete your degree, you’ll participate in a senior capstone class with the rest of your cohort.
Bachelor of Science
Explores the fundamental scientific and ecological questions related to environmental issues—and the tools necessary to address them.
Bachelor of Arts
Examines the relationship between nature, society, politics, and economics, and the connections between the environment, literature, philosophy, and art.
That Dam Field Study
The Colorado River, the dams that span it, and the reservoirs created by those dams lie at the heart of water issues in the American West. This field study looks at two of the iconic dams on the Colorado: The Glen Canyon Dam and The Hoover Dam. In class, we will examine the historical symbolism and controversies of the dams, and their ecological and cultural legacies. Then we’ll hit the road for a three-day field session, visiting both dams and meeting people who are involved in the operation of the dams and the political debates surrounding them.
Garden and Farm Ecology
In this May Term course, you’ll learn how to grow food sustainably by learning about the ecology of soil, water conservation, nutrient cycling, pest and weed management, and crop selection for urban and suburban agriculture. We will visit several farms and gardens to learn from local experts who understand our climate and regional ecology. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and understanding essential for sustainable agriculture on small and medium scales.
Westminster Expedition: The American West
Instead of finding a seat in a classroom, 16 students, two professors, and a program coordinator will pile into a couple of vans and hit the road for a semester-long tour of the American West. Over the course of the semester, we’ll spend our days taking classes in Environmental Cooperation and Conflict, Landscape and Meaning, the History of Public Lands, and the Native West, immersing ourselves in the landscapes and cultures at stake in the future of the American West.
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