Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Environmental Studies



(For Students & Faculty)

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Opportunities for green jobs are on the rise!

What is Environmental Studies?

The Environmental Studies Program deals with the relationship between humans and nature, or between humans and natural systems. The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of regional and global environmental issues and an appreciation of different perspectives regarding these issues. Courses are provided for students pursuing careers related to the environment and for others who simply want to know more about environmental issues. In addition, students in any college may elect to take a secondary major or minor in Environmental Studies. Additional information is available from the Environmental Programs Office in Room 103 Bessey Hall.

Featured course

Dr. Stephen Schmidt leads a course during the summer about the policy and politics of coastal areas. Learn more...


Tying environmental concerns with traditional disciplines...

Environmental Studies is offered as a minor or a 2nd major only. Students with a primary major in any other subject can add an Environmental Studies minor or 2nd major to their curriculum.

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Special course offerings...

Environmental Studies is a flexible way to add an environmental emphasis to virtually any major at Iowa State University.