Top Schools for Environmental Studies

Read about environmental studies programs, an interdisciplinary field that incorporates the physical, biological and social sciences. Learn about the program options at two national universities, and find a table with at-a-glance information about other schools in the U.S. with environmental studies programs.

School Overviews

Top schools offering environmental studies programs include Michigan State University and Temple University. Michigan State offers undergraduate and graduate programs in relevant fields of study; the program at Temple University culminates in a bachelor's degree.

1. Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

School Highlight: The university offers the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Natural Science.

The university's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers undergraduate degrees in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education, Earth Studies, Environmental Studies and Forestry. Once enrolled, students receive training in environmental analysis and learn how to solve problems affecting humans and the biosphere. Graduate students can pursue degree programs in environmental design, engineering and geosciences. Ph.D. programs are also available in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Geosciences. A graduate certificate in Environmental and Social System Modeling is available, too.

2. Temple University in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: The university's School of Environmental Design seeks to improve the sustainability standards in the region.

The university offers a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies program, through which students become familiar with their physical surroundings and gain an understanding of how much humans depend on the natural world. A minor is also available, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a certificate in Environmental Sustainability.

Top Environmental Studies Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Florida International University Department of Earth & Environment addresses water policy, climate change and Geographic Information Systems Miami, FL
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Environmental resource management program offered through the College of Agricultural Sciences State College, PA
Texas A&M University Home to the College of Geosciences College Station, TX
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Environmental sciences track Twin Cities, MN
University of Washington - Seattle Campus B.S. in Forest Resources with a major in Environmental Science and Resource Management Seattle, WA

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