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Environmental Studies


Program Overview

Are you ready to solve climate change? Start your life’s mission with an environmental studies program at Central Michigan University. Study the complex connection between humans and our environment, and search for solutions to today’s most pressing global concern. Gain expertise in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences to create change locally and globally.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 49 - 51

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

The world needs climate change heroes. The planet needs expert problem solvers with the knowledge, skills and ingenuity to tackle climate and environmental issues. If you want to help solve the biggest problems and challenges facing our planet, we'll give you with the skills you need to lead the way.

The environmental studies major prepares tomorrow’s leaders to promote excellence in environmental policy and practice in commercial, governmental and nonprofit organizations. You’ll champion these policies for the betterment of society with the expertise you’ve earned through this interdisciplinary program.

Your education will be infused with a strong sense of global responsibility and passion for earth’s precious resources. Plus, at CMU, you’re in the ideal location. You'll be close to environmental job opportunities in Michigan's water-rich north and close to decision makers in Lansing. It’s the optimum place to start on your journey in making a great difference as an environmental expert.

Program Highlights

As a student in our environmental studies program, you’ll:

  • Live and learn in the Great Lakes Basin; CMU is a recognized leader in studying these bodies of water and home to the Institute for Great Lakes Research.
  • Meet local experts tackling real issues, such as the Flint Water Crisis.
  • Join a vibrant, supportive community. Student-led clubs offer field trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
  • Gain access to state-of-the-art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.
  • Conduct hands-on research with the many advanced technologies and tools in our $95 million Biosciences Building.
  • Find ways that companies can be more sustainable by analyzing how food systems, water, and land can be managed better.

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates of the environmental studies program at CMU gain the expertise and skills that contribute to progress in addressing the world’s most critical environmental challenges in many high-demand occupations.

Career Projected Salary
Sustainability Specialist $74,528
Research Scientist $74,342
Alternative Energy Manager $72,418
Research Analyst $55,073
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