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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2024 NSF REU Summer Internship Program-Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis MO

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Skill Building Courses

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sustainability Strategies

Taught by David Bennell
A changing climate compels us to change the way we do business. Incorporating sustainability into your business can help your…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Introduction to ESG: Environmental, Social, and Governance

Taught by Fulya Kocak Gin
In this course, instructor Fulya Kocak Gin explains what the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) umbrella encompasses, why there is…

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…

Including Sustainability in Your Cloud Strategy

Taught by Fawad Qureshi
Learn about the fundamental design principles you need to understand, to make sustainability the cornerstone of your cloud solution architecture.…

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…

Sustainable and ESG Supply Chains

Taught by Eddie Davila
We’ve all experienced how supply chains can break down, but what can you do to keep your organization’s supply chains…

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…

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…

Cert Prep: LEED Green Associate

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

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…

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