Environment

Environmental studies is a necessary and fast-growing field. As an Augustana Environmental Studies
major, you will take certain classes for studies and electives. Your faculty mentors will help you focus your energies towards future goals, experiences, tools and skills needed to use professionally and/or in graduate school in the field.

Hands-on experience is essential in environmental studies and problem-solving, as is sharing what you find with others. You will complete at least one internship and/or field experience with an agency or company. For your Capstone you will design, develop and present a solution to a real-world sustainability challenge facing an urban or rural community in the region. Please review Environmental Studies course catalog.

Augustana also offers related coordinated-degree programs in environmental management and forestry and landscape architecture.

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Launch into the Future: Conquering Post-Graduation Uncertainty

Graduation is upon us, Vikings! It’s a thrilling launchpad, but also normal to feel a mix of “what’s next?” and nervous excitement. Don’t worry, you’re not lost at sea. Here’s your personal treasure map to navigate post-graduation uncertainty with confidence …

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Beyond the Cap and Gown! Maximizing Finals Week and Graduation for Career Success

As finals week approaches and the excitement of graduation builds, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of last-minute assignments and celebratory plans. However, amidst the chaos, it’s essential to recognize that these moments offer unique opportunities to …

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Innovation In The Alps!

In the spring of 2025, Augustana College will offer a Study Away program focused on innovation in music and science and ethical consideration in Germany and Switzerland (Alps). Students will take two courses on campus (ENGR 315 and MUSC 306) in Spring. After …

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Stop by CORE and Share Your Success!

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SENIORS: Where are YOU Headed After Graduation?

Congratulations On Your Graduation!

CORE collects and reports data for each graduating class at Augustana College.

Curious about previous class outcomes? Find them here.

NOTE: When answering the survey, think about your plans after graduation. If you are currently employed …

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Skill Building Courses

Revit Insight: Energy Analysis

Taught by Jim Cowan
Buildings consume the lion’s share of all of the energy produced in the US. With construction projects ramping up over…

LSC- 401: Career and Life Design: Strategies for Career Success

Taught by Shelby Olson
For SENIORS considering or pursuing grad school, job search, gap year, or those with no plan Using an innovative framework…

Daily Habits to Live Sustainably

Taught by Elizabeth Bagley, PhD
Going all in on personal climate solutions doesn’t have to be a sacrifice. In fact, many climate actions have a…

Green Jobs for Sustainable Careers

Taught by Fulya Kocak Gin
Looking for a greener job? Why wait when the world is hiring? Climate change and sustainability are transforming today’s economy,…

Sustainability as an Innovation Opportunity

Taught by Leyla Acaroglu
Sustainability is quickly becoming a must-have in business—a technical skill set that employees, managers, and executives need to gain deeper…

34 Things to Know about Carbon and Climate

Taught by Seth Godin
The simple facts of climate change will surprise you. In this course, Seth Godin and a team of volunteer editors…

Closing the Green Skills Gap to Power a Greener Economy and Drive Sustainability

Taught by Sue Duke
As nations and industries worldwide make commitments toward a more environmentally sustainable future, many questions must be considered. How can…

Healthy Building Foundations

Taught by Keara Fanning
What is a healthy building? A healthy building can be seen as the next generation of green buildings. It includes…

Sustainability for Design, Construction, and Manufacturing

Taught by Fulya Kocak Gin
Design, construction, and manufacturing are vital industries, but have you wondered about ways to make them sustainable while adding value?…

Navigating Environmental Sustainability: A Guide for Leaders

Taught by Lucas Joppa
Regardless of industry, the global business sector is being transformed around a common issue: environmental sustainability. Business leaders around the…

The Employee’s Guide to Sustainability

Taught by Elizabeth Bagley, PhD
Companies around the world view sustainability as a strategic imperative. This course is for employees who want to support that…

Michelle Kaufmann’s Platinum LEED Home Remodel: Start to Finish

Taught by Michelle Kaufmann
With home remodels, especially sustainable ones designed by architects like Michelle Kaufman, more square footage isn’t always the answer. Her…

Green Building Studio: Energy Analysis

Taught by Eric Wing
Autodesk Green Building Studio (GBS) helps you optimize the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of your building designs. It can…

Cert Prep: LEED Green Associate

Taught by Fulya Kocak Gin
Are you both passionate and knowledgeable about the latest green building principles and practices? If so, earning the LEED Green…

Introduction to LEED Credentialing

Taught by Fulya Kocak Gin
Earning a LEED credential signifies your deep understanding of sustainable design and construction. If you’re interested in earning a LEED…

Introduction to LEED Certification

Taught by Fulya Kocak Gin
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system evaluates buildings for their environmental performance and encourages the use…

Green Building Concepts Foundations

Taught by Fulya Kocak Gin
Green buildings offer a host of environmental and economic benefits while supporting the health and well-being of their occupants. In…

Learning Design for Sustainability

Taught by Scott Boylston
The world is facing a number of environmental, economic, and social challenges. Our future depends on sustainable solutions that improve…

Smarter Cities: Using Data to Drive Urban Innovation

Taught by Jonathan Reichental
By 2050, over 70% of us will live in cities. But are our cities ready? Today, cities face challenges such…

Smart Cities: Solving Urban Problems Using Technology

Taught by Jonathan Reichental
Cities are changing rapidly—growing in size and density, creating more waste, and using more resources. To solve the problems these…

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