A deep understanding of environmental issues and a passion to find innovative solutions will open doors to meaningful careers in education, climate change policy and environmental science. Learn the skills and science behind solving the most pressing environmental issues of today and in the future.

Program Overview

Help protect and preserve life on earth.

In the Environment & Sustainability (ENVS) program, you’ll study the structure and function of natural systems; examine how social, political and economic activity impacts those systems; and experiment with resilient solutions to unsustainable human impacts.

Through comprehensive coursework and hands-on experience, the ENVS program will prepare you for a meaningful career fueled by your passion and natural interests. Upon graduating, you’ll be an effective interdisciplinary communicator with the skills and knowledge to lead environmental and sustainability efforts anywhere.

Research in our backyard

Sam Brozek uses a hand lens to examine a daisy while conducting field research that looks at the effects of forest regeneration after compounding disturbances.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
BIOL 130 Environmental Biology (GT-SC2) 3 View
BIOL 135 Environmental Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1) 1 View
ECON 215 Environmental Economics 3 View
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2) 3 View
ENVS 200 Writing the Environment 3 View
ENVS 301 Science of Sustainability and Resilience 3 View
ENVS 350 U.S. and Western Environmental Politics 3 View
ENVS 360 Global Environmental Policy 3 View
ENVS 370 Water Policy and Politics 3 View
ENVS 375 Seminar in Water Topics 3 View
ENVS 390 Environmental Monitoring 4 View
ENVS 400 Applied Sustainability 3 View
ENVS 410 Environmental Ethics 3 View
HWTR 200 This Is The Headwaters 1 View
HWTR 398 Headwaters Conference 1 View
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics 3 View
PHYS 125 Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2) 3 View

Faculty & Staff

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Full-time students who are majoring in Geology, Environment & Sustainability, Environmental Biology or a related field.
  • Must be a junior level (60+ credits)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Preference given to students with financial need who are residents of the Western Slope of Colorado and have expressed interest in a career in park operations/park management or a career in the earth sciences

Description

This scholarship is provided by Barbara Kastellic and gifts from others to honor Joseph, who was the first Superintendent of the Black Canyon National Monument from 1975-1984.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Complete and submit The Joseph A. Kastellic Scholarship application which is available in the Financial Aid Office.

A recommendation and a one-page essay will be needed to complete the application.

Eligibility

  • Students who have demonstrated community involvement with environmental solutions, academic excellence and a dedication to mountain environments which could encompass recreational activity, personal connection or service.

Description

This scholarship is provided by Jim and Dianne Mahaffey. Award depends on funds available. Selected by: The Environment & Sustainability Council

Application:

Application and deadline information available on the ENVS scholarships page. Or contact the Director of Environment & Sustainability at 970.943.3162 | Kelley Hall 240

Eligibility

  • Environment & Sustainability (ENVS) majors
  • Must have 3.0 GPA or above
  • Preference will be given to a resident of Crested Butte, CO. If no applicants meet this requirement, preference will be given to a resident of Gunnison, Colo. If no applicants meet the criteria, applicants must be a Colorado resident.

Description

This scholarship is provided by the Michael Martin Community Fund

Award depends on funds available

Selected by: The Environment & Sustainability Council

Application:

Application and deadline information available on the ENVS scholarships page.

Or contact the Director of Environment & Sustainability Program.

970.943.3162 | Kelley Hall 108

Eligibility

  • Full-time students majoring in Environment & Sustainability (ENVS)
  • Minimum of 30 credits at Western
  • Must have made a significant contribution towards environmental stewardship while at Western
  • Students must demonstrate academic achievement and progress towards ENVS major

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. James Nauman, who attended Western from 1945-49

Amount:

Award depends on funds available (anticipated award $500).

Selected by: Environment & Sustainability Council

Application:

Application and deadline information available on the ENVS scholarships page. Or contact the Director of Environment & Sustainability Program. 970.943.3162 | Kelley Hall 108

Eligibility

  • Must have applied and been admitted to Western
  • Demonstrated an interest in pursuing a degree in Environment & Sustainability (ENVS)
  • Preference given to students with financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. James Nauman, who attended Western from 1945-49.

Award depends on funds available (anticipated award $500)

Selected by: The Environment & Sustainability Council

Application:

Application and deadline information available on the ENVS scholarships page. Or contact the Director of Environment & Sustainability Program. 970.943.3162 | Kelley Hall 108

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

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Get Involved

Take your education beyond the classroom.

Get the hands-on learning experience you need to apply your knowledge and launch your career.

  • Clubs & Organizations: Join the Organics Guild, Sustainability Coalition or Wildlife Society.
  • Coldharbour Institute: Experiment with sustainable building design, resilient food systems or community organizing in the Gunnison Valley.
  • Conferences: Attend the Headwaters Conference, the Colorado Water Workshop and Sage Grouse Spring Symposium.
  • Earthship Academy: Learn how to construct a self-sustaining building capable of producing food and saving energy.
  • High Country News: Check out the independent news source’s new satellite office located in Kelley Hall.
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Find a research assistantship at one of the premier biological research stations in the world.
  • Solar Energy International: Engage in the local, regional or global conversation about the renewable energy era.

Plotting a path forward

The ENVS program prepares students for meaningful livelihoods based on their values. Graduates enter their fields with the skills to connect ideas, individuals and organizations.

Additional Resources

Scholarships

Scholarships If you are interested in the following scholarship opportunities please complete the Scholarship Application by February 28.   Mike Martin Memorial Scholarship: $500 One award may be …

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Dean, School of ENVS

John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Environment & Sustainability

Contact Information

970.943.2248

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230