10 CollegeWeekLive Schools with Great Environment Programs By Kristina Carroll

As we learn more about the environment, the more in-demand careers in this field become. Whether you’re looking for a degree in environmental studies, or simply want to join a club that focuses on sustainability projects on campus, one of these schools could be the perfect fit for you.




  1. UC Davis

UC Davis’ College of Agricultural and Environmental Studies offers a wide array of majors and academic programs covering nearly every aspect of environmental science. From majoring in Plant Sciences to Sustainable Environmental Design, the opportunities are endless. For those simply looking for an environment-related extracurricular activity, there are plenty of those to choose from as well, such as the Environmental Club, the Wildlife Society, or Wild Campus!

  1. The University of British Columbia

If you want to learn more about the environment in the beautiful city of Vancouver, check out one of UBC’s many environmental science programs. The university’s Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences department is the largest and most competitive of its kind in the country, and UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability provides students with countless research opportunities.

  1. University of Vermont

For someone who is still trying to figure out exactly what aspect of the environment they want to focus their studies on, University of Vermont is the perfect choice. Students can pursue a degree in one of 20 environmental majors through five different UVM schools and colleges, including Soil Science, Green Building and Community Design, and Environmental Geology. There are also over 20 clubs and organizations aimed at improving the environment, so students are provided with an extremely wide range of research and volunteer opportunities.

  1. University of Houston – Clear Lake

What better place is there to learn about the environment than on a 524-acre wildlife and nature preserve? Home to the Environmental Institute of Houston, UHCL allows students to take part in research activities within the community to promote conservation. The university’s Environmental Science major also lets students specialize in several different areas of study, including environmental geology and safety.

  1. Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

As the only university in the nation located on its own island, Texas A&M University offers more than just beautiful scenery. Whether you choose to pursue a degree in Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science, or one of the other four majors in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, you will be able to get an in-depth knowledge of the environment through firsthand research. Along with helping students gain practical experience on land or water, Texas A&M University also has its own weather observatory and Center for Water Supply Studies.

  1. University of Notre Dame

For students looking for a hands-on approach to learning, Notre Dame’s Environmental Science major could be a perfect fit. With nearly 100% of the university’s environmental science majors participating in field and lab research, students truly learn by doing. Notre Dame is also responsible for the Enviromental Change Initiative, a partnership among 50 researchers aimed at finding solutions to issues such as global warming and climate change.

  1. UC Santa Barbara

Home to the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara is a leading institution famed for its research and education. The department building, Bren Hall, was named the “greenest” laboratory facility in the US when it was built in 2002. UCSB proudly names sustainability as one of its core values, and offers nearly 50 environmental organizations that students can participate in during their free time.

  1. Binghamton University, State University of New York

SUNY Binghamton offers seven specialized environmental studies majors, where students can focus on everything from public policy to ecosystems. The university provides students with many internship and research opportunities, through partnerships with local agencies such as the Broome County Health Department and the Binghamton University Nature Preserve. Each of the majors set students up so that they are qualified for a wide range of careers including environmental research, law and education.

  1. Champlain College

If you’re looking for both research opportunities and a degree that will help you make environmental change, Champlain’s Environmental Studies & Policy degree is a great option for you. This one of a kind degree focuses mainly on actions and practices rather than environmental theory, and connects students with several local organizations to ensure top-notch field-based learning. If you’re looking for more of an extracurricular approach, you can join Sustain Champlain, the college’s main environmental organization that is committed to making a greener and more sustainable campus.

  1. Eastern Washington University

EWU’s Environmental Science program is a great choice for those interested in a mix of field work, lab research, and in-class learning. With three specialization options to choose from (Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, and Environmental Geology), students are given several resources to gain the experience for an environmental career or grad school studies. EWU’s Office of Sustainability also works with students and faculty to develop sustainable practices for the campus and local community, by installing things like a campus garden.