An increasing focus on the environment and its resources has made environmental managers an essential asset for many businesses, nonprofits and government entities. If you want to help enforce environmental regulations in air quality, waste, water and pollution in a variety of in-demand positions, an advanced degree in environmental management will set you up for success.
Help develop solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.
Imagine building a livelihood based on your environmental values. Imagine learning in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with our inspiring backyard as your transformative classroom. Imagine earning a Master in Environmental Management (MEM) and a bachelor’s degree in one of seven undergraduate programs in just five years. It’s all possible at Western through our accelerated MEM 3+2 program.
Our unique and innovative accelerated degree program allows you to customize your educational experience. Choose an undergraduate program in Biology; Business Administration; Environment & Sustainability; Politics & Government; Psychology; History; Recreation & Outdoor Education; or Sociology and pair it with a Master in Environmental Management. You can then choose to focus your degree on Integrative & Public Land Management, Sustainable & Resilient Communities or Global Sustainability. Through a wide selection of fieldwork, research and internship opportunities, you’ll gain the experience and skills needed for a purposeful career as an environmental policy analyst, conservation scientist or sustainability consultant.
Research in our backyard
Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2 live and learn in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with our inspiring backyard as a transformative classroom experience.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|ENVS 601||Introduction to Environmental Management||5||View|
|ENVS 605||Science of Environmental Management||3||View|
|ENVS 608||Environmental Politics and Policy||3||View|
|ENVS 611||Integrative Skill in Environmental Management||3||View|
|ENVS 612||Quantitative in Environmental Management||3||View|
|ENVS 615||Science of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation||3||View|
|ENVS 616||Environmental Organization Development and Management||3||View|
|ENVS 617||Global Sustainability||3||View|
|ENVS 618||Public Lands Management||3||View|
|ENVS 620||Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities||3||View|
|ENVS 623||Studies in Environmental Management||1-6||View|
|ENVS 625||Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management||3||View|
Jessica Young, Ph.D.
Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Master in Environmental Management and Master of Science in Ecology
Kate Clark, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Environment & Sustainability Program; Graduate Faculty in Master in Environmental Management programs, Environment & Sustainability and Sociology programs
Matthew Ebbott, M.S.
Senior Lecturer in Recreation & Outdoor Education and Environment & Sustainability, Director of First-Year Seminar Program
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.
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Alumni Association Future Alumni ScholarshipThe Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western. Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.0 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
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 Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western's highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
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.
Expand your community and your network.
There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance 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.
Students work in Chipeta Garden where they focus on composting, gardening and hosting events, such as their annual farm-to-table event.