Environment & Sustainability Undergraduate Programs


Two majors are offered, providing a full-complement of opportunities available to students interested in the environment and in sustainability. All majors provide career opportunities to baccalaureate level graduates, and further opportunities for advanced study in graduate and professional programs (including preparation in pre-medicine and pre-law).

Environmental Policy and Analysis is available for students with a commitment to environmental quality and an interest in the administrative, legislative and organizational problems that result from human impact on the natural and the constructed world. Each student selects an area of emphasis keyed to individual career goals in environmental planning, sustainable management, outdoor recreation, environmental education and interpretation, environmental laws, or other appropriate fields.

Environmental Science is the study of the biological and physical world as it is affected by natural and man-made activities. It is a field that has become increasingly important as we recognize our responsibilities for pollution, resource depletion, and land abuse. Our program places priority on the natural sciences. Students develop the skills needed to investigate, document, and solve environmental problems. Each student selects an area of emphasis and selects from a series of advanced courses in such fields as restoration ecology, watershed management, geospatial analysis, and sustainable management.

Academic Minors

The program offers three minors to enhance students’ opportunities in their majors and to recognize understanding of specialized environmental knowledge.


Renovated Moseley Hall Re-opens as Science Complex

When it re-opens after a major renovation in Fall 2017, Moseley Hall will contain laboratory classrooms for the departments of Geology, Chemistry, Biology and Medical Lab Science.

News and Stories

Alvarado Receives Community Commitment Fellowship

Neico Alvarado, an environmental policy and analysis major with a focus in sustainable management, recently was named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are invited annually to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees are individuals who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey nominated Alvarado for the fellowship. He is a student leader and community organizer who addresses issues of reproductive and gender equity as well as racial and environmental justice.

“Black Swamp Project” connects humanities to sustainability

A new Humanities Connections grant is giving Bowling Green State University faculty members the opportunity to realign course curricula to better address the growing complexity of environmental education.

“The Black Swamp Project: Linking the Humanities with Sustainability at BGSU,” was awarded a $35,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The yearlong initiative is co-directed by an interdisciplinary team of faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences: Amílcar Challú (History), Nathan Hensley (School of Earth, Environment and Society) and Ian Young (Philosophy). 

Spratling Honored for Presentation

Diamond Spratling was honored March 15 for her presentation at the 2018 Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity.  Spratling, an environmental policy and analysis major, asked the question: “What Is Going on in My Backyard? Examining the Components of a Healthy Community.” Working with Dr. Andrew Kear, an assistant professor of political science and in the Department of the Environment and Sustainability, she evaluated a low-income community of color in Black Hills, Michigan, to determine if it meets the qualifications of a healthy community. She analyzed variables identified in existing literature and research used to evaluate community health relating to education, transportation, employment, food, housing, crime, health and demographic characteristics.  

Updated: 07/09/2021 11:48AM