As an Environmental Studies major and a student at UW, there are many ways you can expand your learning and apply the knowledge you acquire in classes. In addition to your required senior Capstone project, there are resources to help you to find Environmental Studies classes, additional internships, study abroad opportunities, or research and service-learning options that don’t require you to leave the region yet provide rich learning experiences.
Environmental Studies offers classes that dive deep into topics such as behavior change, systems thinking and sustainability, focusing on how humans interact with and influence their natural environment. Classes such as ENVIR 100 offer a deep introduction into a wide array of environmental concepts, with a service-learning component. Our ENVIR 480: Sustainability Studio class includes an action-learning component that has students working on different topics each quarter and affecting change across campus.
In addition to our classes, ENVIR partners with several departments to offers students classes that count towards their ENVIR requirement.
Internships and Research
We encourage Environmental Studies students to seek out internship and research opportunities. Internships are an excellent way to connect with local and global communities and the current environmental issues they deal with. Peruse the following resources and contact the Environmental Studies adviser for more information.
- Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center Internships
- UW iE3 Global Internships
- Idealist Internships
- UW Undergraduate Research Program
- UW Career Center Husky Jobs and Internships
Study Abroad and Experiential Learning
From the Himalayan peaks to the shores of Costa Rica, UW Environmental Studies students cross borders and immerse themselves in different cultures to enrich their education. Students link their classroom-based learning with their studies abroad while they experience learning, observation and class discussion.
Coursework for many study abroad programs through the UW and other institutions may count towards degree requirements with prior approval. For additional information, visit the Study Abroad Programs Office and the UW Global Opportunities Office.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
UW Friday Harbor Laboratories
Study and conduct research at UW’s marine biology station in the San Juan Islands. Sample programs include the “Marine Biology Quarter” (marine biology and the social sciences) and the “Zoo-Bot Quarter” (marine zoology and botany). Research apprenticeships are open to students within the College of the Environment and other majors outside the College.
UW’s Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity is a great resource to learn about opportunities for students to expand their learning, build leadership skills and serve their community.
UW Study Abroad and Environmental Seminars
Find out about the UW’s International Programs and Exchanges and learn about various Environmental Exploration Seminars held at the end of summer quarter and at the start of autumn quarter, including the Peru Exploration Seminar.
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a multi-summer, undergraduate experiential-learning program focused on the themes of biodiversity, food, climate, and water across urban and wild spaces. Scholars engage with freshman and sophomore students from across the country and explore how they can work towards becoming conservation stewards. Underrepresented minorities and first-generation students are encouraged to apply, and all students are eligible.
UW’s Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center offers service-learning, which combines service within the community with a built in structure for reflection and application of your academic coursework. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the community, learn about your strengths and develop leadership skills. View the opportunities below and visit the Service Learning page to view classes and register.
- UW Jumpstart Program – Connect with low-income preschoolers to help children build language, literacy and social skills.
- UW Pipeline Project – Participate in tutoring and mentoring programs within local and regional schools and community organizations. Check out Alternative Spring Break options as well.
Interested in promoting green practices on campus? Bird conservation? Sustainable food? There are many environmentally-focused student organizations on campus and getting involved can connect you to like-minded students and spark a deeper interest in the issues you care about.
- The Student Association for Green Environments (SAGE) was started by an Environmental Studies student and serves to promote sustainable practices on campus, plan events and spread awareness of environmental issues and engage the community. SAGE meets every Wednesday from 5:30–6:30pm in the Environmental Studies Commons, at Wallace Hall. For questions and to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Peruse UW Sustainability’s Environmental Student Groups on campus.