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Environmental Studies and Sustainability

MSU students work with plants in a large, bright greenhouse as part of their environmental studies.

Interested in an environmental studies degree? 

The environmental studies and sustainability major prepares students to help communities, organizations and individuals pursue a path of sustainability in areas of food, energy and the environment. Students learn about the interconnectedness of human and natural systems and gain tools necessary to make a positive impact on these systems. 

Students in this major get a strong natural and social sciences foundation with a focus on agriculture, natural resources and sustainable systems. 


Graduates in environmental studies and sustainability focus on who uses natural resources, how they use them and how positive outcomes can be enhanced and negative effects can be minimized. 

Alumni work at: 

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • PM Environmental, Inc.
  • Island Harvest Organics
  • Government agencies
  • Public and private school systems
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Alumni work as: 

  • Account managers
  • Teachers and educators
  • Environmental health sanitarians
  • Environmental consultants
  • Organic farmers

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