The recognition of the importance of a systematic understanding of the relationship between humans and the physical environment has led to the development of Environmental Studies as a field of knowledge. Environmental problems have become a concern of different public and private organizations at scales that range from the international to the local. According to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), “Environmental studies involves students in course work and research in such fields as biology; chemistry; geology; hazard perception; emergency and disaster planning; and environmental, energy-resource, and waste management.”
Since geography focuses on the study of the Earth and its relationship to people, it provides an ideal framework for environmental studies. The Environmental Studies Program at FSU is designed as an interdisciplinary program that provides an in-depth understanding of the social and institutional context of contemporary environmental concerns, including topics such as ecosystem management, resource conservation, land use planning, natural hazards, and the policy dimensions of environmental issues. The program has the necessary flexibility to provide students the ability to individualize their study program focused on the areas they consider most interesting.
What can I do with the degree?
There are many opportunities for a graduate of environmental studies, from planning and regulatory government positions to environmental consultanting for private companies. Since the major provides flexibility in the choice of concentration, there are many possibilities. There are even web sites that specialize in environment related jobs, such as Environmental-Jobs.com, EJobs.org, and EcoJobs.com. There are also organizations at different levels that, by their nature, may provide a good fit for graduates of this major. Examples are the UNEP, ANAM, Nature Conservancy, and ANCON.