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

Myers Honored for Service to Students

Myers Honored for Service to Students

Dr. Holly Myers, who works with 130 students in both the environmental science and environment policy and analysis majors, is deeply committed to her role as a faculty adviser in the Department of the Environment and Sustainability. Helping students along their path to a timely graduation is only half her goal, though. Through one-on-one meetings with students and innovative classroom activities and assignments, Myers also works to make sure they graduate in a major they are passionate about and that leads to a satisfying career. Her efforts earned her the 2017 Academic Advising and Mentoring Excellence Award. Read More

Graduate Advocates For Environmental Education

Graduate Advocates For Environmental Education

Tyeisha Hodges grew up in Detroit, where the environment was not a frequent topic of conversation. The 2017 graduate will be a member of Ecoworks’ Youth Energy Squad, helping to cultivate the next generation of green leaders. Her BGSU education in environmental science as well as two internships have prepared her to be an advocate for change in the Detroit Public Schools. Working with youth from diverse backgrounds, she will facilitate hands-on service learning opportunities for the students that make their homes, schools and communities more sustainable. Read More