​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

If you’re interested in solving problems such as pollution and climate change, you’ll want to prepare for a career in environmental studies. Environmental studies at CMU focus on the complex relationship between humans and the environment. Courses in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences will give you valuable insights about Earth-related issues at local and global levels. Integrate your education with global responsibility at CMU. Surrounded by the Great Lakes, you’ll make a great difference as an environmental expert in just a few short years.​​

Points of Pride

Located in the center of the Great Lakes Basin, Central Michigan University is a recognized leader in studying the Great Lakes, with more than 20 faculty in the Institute for Great Lakes Research supported by state-of-the-art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. A $95 million Biosciences Building will provide additional opportunities for undergraduate classes and research.

Put Your Degree to Work

Employment of environmental specialists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Environmental scientist$63,570 per year15% (13,200 more jobs)
Environmental science technician$41,240 per year19% (6,200 more jobs)
Environmental engineer$80,890 per year15% (8,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the College of Science and Engineering website or contact:

Brian Becker
Dow Science Complex 292
Email: becke1b@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-1529

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Environmental Studies Major

Advisors: Becker, Feig, Francek, Graziano, Heumann, Liesch The Environmental Studies major prepares tomorrow's leaders to promote excellence in environmental policy and practice in commercial, governmental, and non-profit organizations, for the betterment of society, by providing interdisciplinary environmental knowledge, skills, and communication from local to global scales.
Total: 52-53 semester hours Note: It is recommended that students select a minor or undergraduate certificate in consultation with their major advisor.
Core Courses I
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ENV 101
Introduction to Environmental Studies
3
GEO 120QR
Environmental Geography
3
Core Courses II
(21 hours)
ECO 301
Environmental Economics
3
ENV 310
Environmental Issues Management
3
ENV 350
Foundations of Environmental Thought
3
ENV 400WI
Environmental Studies Capstone
3
GEO 105
Physical Geography
3
GEO 203QR
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
3
GEO 300
Research Methods in Geography
3
Required Courses I
(3-4 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 105QR
Introductory Quantitative Biology
3
BIO 111
Foundations of Evolution and Diversity
4
BIO 229
Nature Study
3
Required Courses II
(4 hours)
Select one of the following:
CHM 120
Survey of Chemistry
4
CHM 131
General Chemistry I
4
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
STA 282QR
Introduction to Statistics
3
STA 382QR
Elementary Statistical Analysis
3
Electives I
(12-15 hours)
Select from the following:
BIO 334/GEO 334
Soil Science
3
ENV 320
Environmental Assessment and Practice
3
ENV 360
Water Resources Management
3
ENV 365
Energy and the Environment
3
ENV 397
Special Topics
1-6
GEO 330
Resource Perception and Utilization
3
GEO 331
Land Use Planning
3
GEO 332
American Landscapes
3
GEO 355
Environmental Catastrophes
3
Electives II
(3-6 hours)
Select from the following:
ANT 250WI/CHM 250WI/BIO 250WI
Water as Life, Death, and Power
3
ANT 370/SOC 370
Global Environmental Issues
3
BLR 521
Environmental Law and Policy
3
GEO 303
Geographic Information Systems
3
GEO 503
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
3
HSC 352
Environmental Health
3
HST 302
Comparative Environmental History
3
PSC 516
Environmental Politics and Policy
3