Support the Environmental Studies Program
Since the fall of 2009, the number of students in the Environmental Studies program has grown from 90 to more than 130. The Environmental Studies major is designed for students who want to make a difference and contribute to solving current as well as future environmental challenges on a local to global scale.
Solutions to such problems as climate change, pollution, and resource conservation require individuals who have a broad-based knowledge in the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. UNL offers a distinct program utilizing a holistic approach and a framework of sustainability. This framework recognizes the necessity of meeting current resource needs without compromising the environment and the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Environmental Studies major s acquire a broad-based education in the physical, biological, and social sciences, competency in a specific discipline, and the skills necessary to work across disciplines and to be competitive in the job market.
The Environmental Studies program provides students many opportunities through course work, internships, and the senior thesis to engage and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to address environmental challenges in an ethical manner. The senior thesis project is specifically designed to enhance the critical thinking and problem solving skills of the students and provide them with the opportunity to synthesize interdisciplinary and technical knowledge, and use relevant field, laboratory, geospatial, and social science research methods to address environmental challenges.