Environmental Studies Major

Environmental destruction, exploitation, unprecedented loss of species diversity, and global climate change all have potentially catastrophic long-term ramifications for human health and social justice. The environmental studies major provides a comprehensive and in-depth education in the study of the ecology of natural ecosystems and the processes by which humans influence, exploit, evaluate, value, mitigate and restore their environment.

Be versatile.

Society needs professionals who understand the environment and the political, social, economic and ethical issues related to protecting it. Marquette students in this interdisciplinary major benefit from the combined strengths of multiple departments including biology, chemistry, economics, English and political science.

Choose your path.

Students who major in environmental studies have the freedom to shape their degree by choosing 15 of their courses from a list of electives. Select courses to match your interests like global aid and humanitarianism, environmental history, philosophy of the environment, development economics and biological anthropology.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • General Biology 1 & 2
  • Rhetoric and Composition 1 & 2
  • Environment and Society Course (choose from 3 options)
  • Chemistry in the World or Earth and Environmental Physics
  • Two Foreign Language Courses
  • UCCS - Introduction to Theology


  • Modern Elementary Statistics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Human Geography
  • Ecology
  • Political Science Course (3 options)
  • Elective
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • UCCS - Theology*


  • Experimental Biology Course
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*
  • Electives


  • Environmental Studies Capstone
  • Environmental Studies Internship
  • UCCS - Diverse Cultures*
  • Electives

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.