Introduction to the Program

Ohio Wesleyan’s cross-disciplinary Environment & Sustainability program offers you two majors and a variety of perspectives regarding the environment. The program includes over 30 faculty members who specialize in natural sciences, social sciences, art, and humanities. The multidisciplinary Environmental Studies major balances courses from the social and natural sciences, humanities, and arts. The Environmental Science major focuses more heavily on courses in the natural sciences.

When you combined either degree with OWU's traditional liberal arts core, you are well equipped for leadership, service, and continued learning in a world where environmental issues are of vital importance.

Program alumni careers include sustainability coordinator, environmental educator, environmental lawyer, environmental analyst, recycling specialist, university faculty, wilderness therapist, zoo keeper, zoo educator, United Nations climate change representative, urban environmental planner, community activist, EPA environmental researcher, environmental health and safety officer, environmental compliance & enforcement officer for EPA, sustainable farmer, microbiologist, disaster recovery specialist, wilderness travel specialist, librarian, environmental engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers, geospatial analyst, environmental scientist, environmental lobbyist, public health coordinator, environmental communicator, coastal planner, minister and college football coach.

Program Features

  • A unique quality of OWU’s Environment & Sustainability  program is the way in which students, faculty, staff, and community members work together on campus and regional projects. The entire community at OWU makes sustainability at OWU work.

  • You can put your learning into action, by developing a sustainability project on campus or in Delaware. Students choose locations to conduct their research and collect data to investigate solutions to real world problems. You can do these projects by serving on the Sustainability Task Force, working with a faculty mentor through an independent study, or in the context of a class or seminar. You can present the results of your findings at OWU’s annual student symposium. See the OWU Sustainability Blog for a list of past projects:

  • You can participate in local and regional internships with the Stratford Ecological Center, Preservation Parks of Delaware CountySeminary Hill Farm, and the City of Delaware, among others.

  • You can join environmentally themed Travel-Learning Courses in the Caribbean, Brazil, Costa Rica, and others, including ongoing fieldwork and research in Costa Rica with alumni Amy Work ‘04 and her Geoporter organization.

Available Majors

Available Minors

Program Contact Info


Director: John Krygier
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 206
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015

Department Contact

Co-Director: Laurel Anderson
Professor of Botany-Microbiology
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 243

Co-Director: John Krygier
Professor of Geology-Geography
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 206