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Environmental Studies

understanding human and natural systems

At the heart of Southwestern’s environmental studies program lies a list of provocative and urgent questions that students will be challenged to investigate.

  • What is humankind’s relationship to its environment?
  • How do natural systems operate?
  • What are some of today’s most pressing environmental issues?
  • How do we address the complicated issue of environmental justice? 
  • What are key environmental issues on the Southwestern campus and in Central Texas?

From these starting points, environmental studies students will begin an examination of the world around them that will continue through their time at Southwestern and into their lives beyond the classroom.

Department News

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    Students from a variety of disciplines collaborate on award-winning project for campus
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    Environmental Studies capstone class is calculating  Southwestern’s ecological footprint
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    Jennifer O’Neal wins a King Creativity Grant for her GIS Project which develops a website that will analyze and map charitable organizations in Africa.

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Environmental Studies Scholars

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    Dr. Hobgood-Oster pondering the intricate relationship between humans and other animals.
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    Dr. Burks’ research includes a focus on aquatic ecology and invasion biology.

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    Interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability.
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    Dr. Taub’s environmental research in the effects that rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have on plant physiology, growth and chemistry.
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    Dr. Johnson’s environmental research in socionature-scape in Central Belize