Environment, Society & Sustainability

Find your future in the Department of the Environment, Society and Sustainability, where you’ll gain the skills and techniques to analyze-and solve-the major social-environmental problems of our planet.

We strive to understand the places where we live, the conditions in other places, and the connections between all these places. Understanding these aspects helps us create fair, safe, and economically and environmentally sustainable places, and helps us to succeed in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. Our programs allow students to integrate physical and natural aspects of the world with the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of the world to recognize and redress issues related to environmental racism and climate justice. 

The department offers the advantage of small class sizes, individual attention, and faculty deeply dedicated to student learning. Faculty have training and/or deep interest in science pedagogy and constantly strive to research and practice the best methodologies of teaching and learning. Through faculty trained in multiple disciplines, from urban planning to geology, from astronomy to geographical information systems, from physics and engineering to human cultural diversity and environmental justice, our programs offer a rich integrative experience to students that matches the transdisciplinary nature of the world’s most challenging problems. 

The department is dedicated to enhancing, nurturing and respecting diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. We offer students the opportunity to examine diverse human-natural relationships at multiple scales: the local and regional explorations of human and natural diversity, the planet-scale impacts of human civilization on the biophysical systems that maintain life on Earth, and Earth as part of the solar system and the universe. 

Our department offers majors across the spectrum of science and policy, from our science-focused Earth System Science major, through our science-policy balanced Environmental Science and Policy major, to our policy-focused Environmental Studies and Sustainability major. Our Geography major includes concentrations in Global StudiesGeographic Information Systems (GIS), and coordinate majors in education. It is host to FSU's Pre-Engineering program, transferring 3rd-year students by Articulation Agreement to UMass Lowell, UMass Dartmouth, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to complete Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering. In addition, the department offers minors in PhysicsEarth System ScienceGeographic Information ScienceGeography, Latin American StudiesScience Communication, and Data Science and Analytics. 

Program graduates are ready for professional employment in governmental agencies, private corporations, non-profit organizations, and consulting firms. Program graduates are also positioned to pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields including earth science, environmental science, conservation biology, resource management, environmental planning, environmental engineering, environmental law, and environmental education.   

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