Department of the Environment & Sustainability


The Department of the Environment and Sustainability brings together two fields of study, each preparing students to make meaningful contributions to the quality of their world. Graduates are well-equipped to assume important jobs, to move on to professional schools and to pursue advanced degrees.

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary major that promotes understanding of the relationship between the living and non-living components of the world. Important concepts from biology, chemistry, geology, physics, economics, geography, sociology and political science explore these connections. BGSU’s Environmental Science major places emphasis on interactions between humans and nature, and on the environmental conflicts which arise from competing uses of resources and how they affect the natural world.

The Environmental Policy and Analysis major is geared for students committed to environmental quality with a strong interest in the economic, political and social aspects of environmental issues. Students consider the values that affect use of the world’s resources and learn to develop strategies that initiate change. Graduates are able to demonstrate that conflicting environmental positions can be resolved through negotiation and compromise, and are able to be on the forefront in implementing productive change.

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Renovated Moseley Hall Re-opens as Science Complex

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. Read More

News and Stories

Alvarado Receives Community Commitment Fellowship

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. Read More

“Black Swamp Project” connects humanities to sustainability

“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). 
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Spratling Honored for Presentation

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.   Read More