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students studying terrapins in the Chesapeake Bay
Studying terrapins in the Chesapeake Bay
An ongoing OHIO research project

Environmental Science & Sustainability Majors at OHIO


Because the world doesn’t need you to just navigate change. It needs you to lead it.

In fact, the world needs leaders across disciplines—from economics to biology, from public policy to ecology. That’s why you have so many options at OHIO.

Students construct a bat house on campus

Build a Green Roof, Live in the Ecohouse, Be a Climate Ambassador…

All alumni will tell you: Don’t wait till you’re a senior to take advantage of the bike path and all the outdoor activities that surround campus. These are memories you’ll treasure forever.

But there’s a lot more experiences you can add to your college bucket list:

  • Get involved with one of the university’s Sustainability Hubs, where you might find yourself building a green roof or bat houses.
  • Become a Climate Ambassador.
  • Live sustainably in the Ecohouse.
  • Forecast Southeast OHIO weather from the Scalia Meteorology Lab.

OHIO’s Environmental Science & Sustainability Major

One of OHIO’s fastest-growing majors is a multi-disciplinary program that probes the scientific principles that underlie environmental issues, the effects of human actions, and the public policies and regulations that influence those actions.

The program draws from courses and expertise in 10 departments across the College of Arts & Sciences, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, and the College of Business.

Courses examine:

  • Biological and ecological systems
  • Global warming and effects of climate change
  • Land use and water management
  • Sustainability from different perspectives, from local issues in Appalachia to problems at the global level

Students who pursue this degree are prepared for careers in environmental resource management, governmental and non-governmental agencies, companies pursuing social responsibility, with a wide variety of roles from science to public policy.

A student carries a basket of vegetables at the OHIO Student Farm
Students at Central Appalachian field school, on a rock shelf above a stream

Academic Choices

You might want to explore environmental sciences such as wildlife, marine or plant biology, geology, or chemistry, or you might examine sustainability through the lens of economics or sociology or urban planning.

OHIO’s menu of majors allows you to delve more deeply into your field of interest. Here’s a sample in the College of Arts & Sciences:

Applied Plant Biology | Environmental and Plant Biology | Environmental Biology | Environmental Chemistry | Environmental Geography | Environmental Pre-Law | Field Ecology | Geographic Information Science | Geological Sciences | Globalization and Development | Environmental Water Resources | Marine, Freshwater and Environmental Biology | Meteorology | Physics | Urban Planning and Sustainability | Wildlife & Conservation Biology

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