Environment & Sustainability students learn to understand ecological systems, analyze the environmental and social impacts of societies, and experiment with sustainable solutions to those impacts.
What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?
The Environment & Sustainability program fosters leadership in sustainability and effective environmental citizenship through a network of student-led projects. Central to the program is the development of interdisciplinary, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills by:
- Applying the knowledge and research methods of natural sciences to understand and analyze environmental problems and solutions.
- Implementing social-science findings and frameworks to address local, national and global environmental issues.
- Employing the insights of environmental history, literature and ethics to make better decisions concerning environmental impacts and resources.
Beyond the Classroom
Our inspiring Rocky Mountain location provides one of the best learning laboratories in the world. The Environment & Sustainability program integrates three kinds of learning laboratories:
- The diverse ecology and geology of the Rocky Mountains - From deep canyons (including Black Canyon National Park) to alpine peaks, Western is surrounded by a world-class laboratory for field-based environmental study.
- Public lands comprise some 85 percent of the area surrounding Western Colorado State University. The Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, National Forest Service, Colorado Division of Wildlife and several non-profit environmental groups maintain offices in Gunnison. Western students learn from and help manage projects with these organizations.