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Environmental Studies, BA


Graduates of our program go on to pursue a wide variety of interests, becoming environmentalists, ecologists, historians, publicists, filmmakers, engineers, entrepreneurs, to name a few.

Feeding the World

At the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery at the Sitka Sound Science Center in Sitka, Alaska, Cook and his colleagues raise pink, chum, and coho salmon — more than six million fish per year. If not for hatcheries like his, says Cook, the wild salmon population would be depleted beyond recovery.

Paul Cook holding a large fish

What can you do with an Environmental Science degree?

  • City planning: Find sustainable ways to develop urban land and infrastructure. Collaborate with local municipalities on zoning, land use, public health, transportation, and housing.
  • Urban design & architecture: Improve how residents navigate their city by leveraging and highlighting a city’s physical qualities.
  • Nonprofit work: Become a grant writer, researcher, fundraiser, manager, or counselor for a community service agency, advocacy group, or hospital, retirement, and rehabilitation center (to name a few).
  • Law: Specialize in land use law and help developers navigate issues of property rights and local developmental controls.
  • Local politics and governance: Serve in mayors’ offices for city council members and city managers, as well as public policy think tanks.


Here is a partial list of companies that our alumni have worked for:

  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Blue Energy
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • City of Seattle
  • CLEAResult
  • Digital Realty
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • Foggy River Farms
  • Hult International Business School
  • Infab Corporation
  • Marin School
  • Marketo
  • Peterson Mechanical, Inc.
  • PG&E
  • Prince Lobel Tye, LLP
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Save The Waves Coalition
  • Seattle Urban Farm Company
  • SkyAngels
  • Smart Gardener
  • Spatial Informatics Group, LLC
  • Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles
  • Trumpet Behavioral Health
  • University of Hawaii
  • Wetland Consulting Services