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Environmental Studies

Dr. Caplow works with a student in the Community Garden.

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montevallo offers a major with either a B.A. or a B.S. degree, as well as a minor that can complement any other major on campus. See Quick Links below for the current degree requirements.

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that incorporates perspectives from the social and natural sciences, the arts and humanities, and business. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they will need as citizens and as members of the workforce to make informed decisions with respect to ecological issues. The Environmental Studies Program is an innovative option for UM students looking for an interdisciplinary “Honors College” experience in step with the best Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) environmental programs.

The Environmental Studies Program prides itself on bringing faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the community together to solve environmental problems and on making the UM campus a veritable sustainability lab. The success of the latter endeavor led to UM’s 2016 designation as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Why Environmental Studies at UM?

  • ES emphasizes integrating and applying diverse disciplinary perspectives to complex environmental problems.
  • Our program gives students opportunities to develop leadership skills and work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team on a complex environmental problem with real-world stakeholders.
  • Junior and senior level courses are taught in classes with limited numbers, promoting class discussion and individual attention.
  • Internship opportunities are available at a variety of environmental organizations in the region.
  • Our commitment to the environment goes well beyond course offerings and includes a number of green initiatives and facilities.


Career paths for Environmental Studies students include employment in public schools and private educational facilities; in city and regional planning agencies; in agencies and firms dealing with environmental impact analysis, law, and natural resource management; in energy management and design; in consulting firms, utilities, and renewable energy businesses; in federal, state, county, and city parks; in public art projects; in environmental writing; and in activist organizations.

Alumnae Barbara Bonfield and Ms. Brady