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 three national universities, and find a table with at-a-glance information about other schools in the U.S. with environmental studies programs.

The three schools reviewed here provide some of the best environmental programs around. Environmental studies degrees, whether undergrad or graduate, are available from a number of other colleges as well.

School Overviews

Schools offering top environmental studies programs include Michigan State University, Temple University, and Florida International University. These schools were chosen due to the variety of programs offered. Michigan State offers undergraduate and graduate programs in relevant fields of study; Temple University offers multiple bachelor's degrees and a certificate; and Florida International University offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

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.

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.

Florida International University in Miami, FL

School Highlight: The Department of Earth & Environment addresses water policy, climate change and geographic information systems.

Various areas of interest are explored in the environmental program of The Department of Earth and Environment, the core four being aquatic, earth, atmospheric, and agricultural sciences. A number of local experts in the field are faculty members. Coursework takes place in classrooms, labs, and out in the field. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered, as well as grad certificates.

Top Environmental Studies Schools

The following schools also have excellent programs in environmental studies:

  • Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus, in State College, PA offers an environmental resource management program through the College of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Texas A&M University, in College Station, TX, is home to the College of Geosciences.
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has an environmental sciences track within its environmental sciences, policy and management bachelor's program.
  • University of Washington - Seattle Campus, in Seattle, WA, offers a B.S. in Forest Resources with a major in Environmental Science and Resource Management.

These seven schools, all of them highly regarded, are home to environmental programs at multiple levels of study. Most have an assortment of concentrations within their programs.

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