Frequently Asked Questions
What are the job opportunities for someone with a degree in Environmental Studies?
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in
the environmental sector will continue to grow faster than average in the next ten years. A Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Bellarmine provides students with multiple avenues for employment including, but not limited to: environmental
law, environmental justice, environmental policy, climate change policy, food systems, renewable energy, sustainability consulting and sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, environmental and urban planning, international development,
environmental communications, environmental education and interpretation.
What are the requirements to complete a degree in Environmental Studies? What kind of courses would I take?
The Environmental Studies degree prepares students for a vibrant career that involves environmental problem-solving through
integrated coursework and skill-building. Students electing the Environmental Studies major take a set of general education courses that prepare them for courses in the environmental discipline, such as Planet Earth, Principles of Biology, American
Government, and Introduction to Academic Writing. The courses in the discipline include our introductory course for majors; a life-science, physical-science, and social-science core, and a set of upper-level requirements that serve to advance and
integrate understanding while further developing technical skills. Career preparation is further strengthened with an internship experience.
Can I earn a minor in Environmental Studies?
Yes, we offer a minor that pairs well with many majors. The six courses for the minor include two introductory courses, a field course, and three upper-level courses. See the course catalog
for more detail.
Can I do a double-major or a different minor with a major in Environmental Studies?
Yes, the Environmental Studies degree has sufficient electives for students to take a double-major or a minor. Common double majors with Environmental
Studies include Economics, Sociology, and Political Science. Minors or tracks that pair well with Environmental Studies include pre-law, anthropology, peace studies, communications, international relations, and criminal justice studies.
What types of extra-curricular activities are available for a student with an interest in the environment?
Students interested in the environment will want to consider being part of the Terra Learning Community in their first year at Bellarmine. Related student organizations include the Sustainability and Environmental Club,
Food Recovery Network, Vegan and Vegetarian Outreach, Biology Club,
Chemistry Club, Bass Fishing Team, and the Student Government Association’s Environmental Committee.