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Environmental Studies

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Environmental Studies

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Explore Your Potential

Let Your Passion Make An Impact

Beloit offers five different environmental studies majors: three disciplinary majors in environmental biology, environmental chemistry, and environmental geology, and two interdisciplinary majors: Environmental Communication and Arts and Environmental Justice and Citizenship. Choose your focus, and put your passion toward changing the world.

Environmental Justice students conduct research in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness. Environmental Justice students conduct research in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness.

Find your place

Build on your talents and passions to explore different ways to protect the environment. The courses for environmental studies majors are as diverse as the world around us. Learn about biodiversity and geological hazards. Design energy efficient machines and buildings, and sustainable communities. Prepare for environmental activism. Make your art an instrument of social and environmental change.

Change the world

At Beloit, environmental studies majors and minors have unique opportunities to conduct field research with faculty and fellow students, study abroad, pursue internships, and engage in sustainability work on-campus as well in the community.

Alumni have gone on to careers in the arts, journalism, community-based activism, education, environmental law, the EPA, industry, and international organizations such as the United Nations.

Maria Elvira Lopez’21 standing in front of potted plants

Leaving Home to Grow and Develop a Career Path

Maria Elvira Lopez’21 chose Beloit College in order to grow and prepare for a career focused on environmental sustainability. Opportunities at Beloit College to apply learning in real-life settings helped land her a post-graduation job in the sector that means most to her.

Layna Thompson ’22 with boyfriend Zach (left) and brother Ross (right.)

Layna Thompson ’21 plays key role in supporting Best Buy’s sustainability and social impact initiatives

She monitors industry trends and changes, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new environmental disclosure regulations and the evolving criteria of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.


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