Environmental Studies

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We can each do our part to improve the environment in which we live. Most of us are familiar with preservation methods, including the well-known slogan "reduce, reuse, recycle." However, earning a degree in environmental studies can teach you much more than that.

An environmental studies major prepares students for a career working to preserve the planet. Curriculums generally includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology, environmental science, and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

Because of its focus on the outdoors and science, some classes may take place in the field on a farm or in a state park. Other coursework might take place in a typical classroom, a computer lab, or in a science laboratory.

A number of career opportunities exist for graduates with an environmental studies degree. Many graduates work as park rangers, environmental educators, preserve managers, environmental engineers, or community organizers/activists. Most positions in this field require a bachelor's degree, and a master's degree can only make you more marketable to employers.
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