Environmental Studies

The field of Environmental Studies recognizes that finding solutions to the environmental challenges facing our society requires individuals with experience and training in a broad array of disciplines. Success in the field requires not only a scientific background to develop technical solutions but also an understanding of the social and economic implications of solutions and decisions. The Environmental Studies Program at UNO offers interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees that provide students with training in the breadth of disciplines required to understand the complex nature of solving environmental challenges, as well as the scientific expertise needed to successfully pursue a career relating to the environment.

The analytic sciences concentration is designed to produce chemists who are particularly interested in the chemical pollutants that are being released into the air, earth and water environments of our planet.  The earth sciences concentration is designed to prepare students for a career in environmental geology.  The geography and planning concentration is primarily designed to produce local and regional planning specialists who have a good understanding of environmental problems.  The life sciences concentration is designed to prepare a student for jobs in environmental biology focused on the impact of modern technology and change on life forms.


Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

Minors Offered

Environmental Studies Minor

Sustainability Minor

Other information

All coursework taken for the Environmental Studies major or minor or sustainability minor must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

Double Majors
ENVN--Geography & Planning and Geography double majors: Students completing both of these majors may count all geography courses toward both majors.

ENVN--Life Sciences and Biology double majors: Students may not count the same 3000-4000 level Biology courses towards both majors. Double majors are required to take a minimum of 5 additional upper division BIOL courses that are not part of the other major. These courses must be approved by the advisor and at least three of these must be lab courses. BIOL 3150 may not count as part of these upper division courses.


Director of Environmental Studies

Allwine Hall 114